PANDIT AUR PATHAN
Pandit Aur Pathan is a poetic performance of the tale of Ramprasad Bismil and Ashfaqulla Khan, who are famed for the Kakori conspiracy against the British Raj. The incident took place on 9th August 1925, when ten revolutionaries, spearheaded by Bismil, looted the Saharanpur-Lucknow passenger train.
The play is an adaptation of their autobiographies and biographies including Aatmakatha by Ramprasad Bismil, and Ramprasad Bismil Rachnavali by Dinesh Sharma and Asha Joshi. Both Bismil and Khan, are also renowned for their contribution to Urdu poetry, which includes the famous revolutionary song by Bismil ,'Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna'. The play incorporates their poems and songs and weaves the tale from their initiation as revolutionaries till their martyrdom.
The tale is simple. Two young men, enraged by their curbed freedom decide to take action. Peace is not their path, instead a furious unsettlement is what they seek and achieve. Both are hanged, but remembered till date for their astounding and meticulous plan to loot the government's treasury.
Duration: 70 minutes
Direction: V. Balakrishnan
Design: V. Balakrishnan, Anantharaman Karthik and Meera Sitaraman
Actor: Anantharaman Karthik
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