NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Sixteen(16) students from Grades 7-9, of Dikshant International School, Zirakpur’s theatre group, staged a Street Play(Nukkar Natak) – ‘Swarg Mein Prithvi Ka Bojh’ on the subject of problems presented by overpopulation. The 14 minute play was staged on the eve of World Population Day to generate awareness about the urgent need for population control in India.
To play was staged in Sector 17, Chandigarh and caught the attention of bystanders, shoppers and office goers all of whom assembled in large numbers to get a glimpse of the interesting enactment. The young actors presented a satire which revolved around three main characters- a Farmer (Kisan)-Amar, a ghost (Bhoot) and a Scientist. As the play unfolded, it revealed that all the three finally discover that they have no hope to find a decent place to live in – be it on our lovely planet or up in the skies after death. Swarg (Heaven) and Narak (Hell) are overflowing with an excessive population and close down their doors. Both have long queues both for “waiting list” and “RACs”. The play was scripted and directed by the students of Theatre group of Dikshant International School under the guidance of their teachers. The school has been inviting various theatre Directors from National School of Drama, New Delhi from time to time to train students.
“This year on the World Population Day, we thought of bringing up the issue of overpopulation in our country to the fore, through theatre. The idea was to make people aware of how population growth was becoming the genesis of most of the country’s problems.” Said Mr. Mitul Dikshit, Director, Dikshant International School. The message given by the talented theatre artistes of Dikshant international School, Zirakpur was loud and clear — it is high time, people of India make sincere efforts, to put a brake & retard the population spiral. The play emphasized on how the growing population is leading to unfavorable conditions like deforestation, global warming, unemployment and diminishing resources. Through acts of comedy, songs and entertainment, the play narrated and conveyed an important message that now we cannot afford to wait and think, it is the time to act.