Source : Times of India
Jaipur’s Hindi literature lovers got an opportunity to witness the beauty of words written by popular novelist, poet and playwright Dr Dharamvir Bharati, in the form of a theatrical presentation, Shabd Leela. Ila Arun brought on stage extracts from the works of Dr Bharati’s Andha Yug, Kanupriya and Ek Sahityik Ke Prem Patra. A unique presentation of letters, poetry and drama, creatively woven into a play, made the city’s theatre and literature lovers enjoy Bharti’s writings.
What added to the treat was the impactful acting by Ila Arun, Varun Badola and Rajeshwari Sachdev. While the play was directed by KK Raina, it was conceived and scripted by Ila Arun. It began with Ek Sahityik Ke Prem Patra, which is a collection of personal letters Bharati wrote to his wife Pushpa. The exchange of their feelings through the letters left the audience mesmerised as Rajeshwari and Varun, who were playing Bharati and Pushpa, read their letters. Another part of the play, Andha Yug, too was an apt presentation of the last day of the epic of Mahabharata, where Ila played Gandhari. The last one was Kanupriya, a poetic representation of the relationship of Lord Krishna and Radha.
Meenakshi Bohra, a selfconfessed fan of Bharati’s writings, says, “It was a wonderful rendition of Dr Bharati’s writings. Since I have read most of his works, I could relate to what was shown here. I enjoyed watching the first part where his letters were read depicting his love for his wife Pushpa. What a rich expression and use of such beautiful Hindi words. I have already seen the play Andha Yug, but again watching our Jaipur actor Ila Arun perform it, was an added treat.” Ila Arun too enjoyed performing in her hometown. Ila said, “We were supposed to perform this play in August, but due to the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, we cancelled it. Now we are here, and it’s always special to be back in my city and perform.