The idea of India being a multi-cultural secular nation was ingrained in the writings and poems of mystic poet and saint Kabir Das, whose life and times will be recreated in a play to be staged here on April 14.
After successfully running shows of "Kabira Khada Bazaar Mein" all over India between 1982 and 1992, veteran theatre director M. K. Raina is back with this production which has been written by late Hindi writer-playwright and actor Bhisham Sahni.
This play is ‘The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust’s’ (SAHMAT) tribute to Sahni whose birth centenary year is being celebrated in 2015.
"People are celebrating Sahni’s celebrated works through various activities and events. So when someone asked me what I was doing, I thought of reviving the play," Raina told IANS.
With a young ensemble in place, Raina hasn’t tampered with the script as he feels the outlook and poetry of Kabir is relevant in today’s time.
"He represented the period of Sufi and Bhakti sangeet that spread across all languages and religions. He was the one who had a secular, multi-cultural view about India. This is what Kabir stood for and his viewpoint is very relevant today," Raina added.
The two-hour play will be staged at the Shri Ram Centre on the occasion of the 27th National Street Theatre Day.