Wednesday, 17 August 2022

"सत्य और मिथ्या की तुला में"- शोभा स्वप्निल का कविता-संग्रह

आज के समय को तौल रही एक सजग गृहिणी  

पुस्तक-समीक्षा / हेमन्त दास 'हिम'

अच्छी रचना का सबसे बड़ा गुण उसका सामाजिक सरोकार और उद्देश्य में ईमानदारी होता है, उसका शिल्प और शब्द-सौंदर्य नहीं . समाज को देख पाने और समझ पाने के लिए आपका नामचीन होना आवश्यक नहीं होता. और सच कहा जाय तो वे लोग जो अभी अधिक प्रसिद्ध नहीं हुए हैं, उनके विचारों में अधिक उन्मुक्तता होती है. ये बिना लाग-लपट के और बिना नफा-नुकसान का ख्याल किए अपनी बातें रखते हैं, सिर्फ और सिर्फ अपने अंदर की अकुलाहट को बाहर प्रकट करने के लिए. उनकी यह अकुलाहट सामाजिक विकृतियों के खिलाफ विद्रोह का ही दूसरा नाम है.

दिनांक 2.7.2022 को पठारे प्रभु हॉल, खार, मुम्बई में शोभा स्वप्निल रचित कविता-संग्रह "सत्य और मिथ्या की तुला में"  का लोकार्पण हुआ.  शोभा स्वप्निल एक कुशल गृहिणी होने के साथ-साथ एक संवेदनशील और उदात्त विचारों वाली कवयित्री भी हैं. उनकी कविताओं में विविध स्वर हैं - दार्शनिक मंथन, सामाजिक-राजनीतिक समस्याओं की विवेचना, नारी संघर्ष की कशमकश और भी बहुत कुछ. परंतु यह भी मानना होगा कि उनका कवित्व अभी उभर रहा है, और उभरेगा. 

आइये, उनके पुस्तक की कुछ रचनाओं की झलक देखें.

स्त्री के निजी परिवार के बाहर किसी के प्रति प्रेमवत व्यवहार पर समाज का कड़ा पहरा रहता है. अक्सर इसे निषिद्ध समझ लिया जाता है जबकि नि:स्वार्थ करुण भाव यानी लालसारहित विशुद्ध निर्मल प्रेम एक ऐसी मानवीय प्राकृतिक सम्पदा है जिसकी हमेशा, हर जगह, हर रूप में और हर सीमा तक दरकार होती है. देश के हर नागरिक हर दूसरे नागरिक से ऐसा प्रेम होना चाहिए. कवयित्री जितनी बेबाकी से इस महीन मुद्दे को उठा रही हैं वह दुर्लभ है -
"क्या फूल का खुशबू लुटाना पाप है?
वह तो बंटती है और बिखरती भी है.
सत्य और मिथ्या की तुला में
यह सांस्कृतिक भी है
और प्राकृतिक भी
फूल से गंध कभी अलग नहीं होती".
कवयित्री दो टूक कहती हैं कि व्यष्टि और समष्टि दोनों स्तरों पर प्रेम की नितांत आवश्यकता है जिसे उन्होंने 'प्राकृतिक' और 'सांस्कृतिक' जरूरतों के रूप में रखा है.

शैली के स्तर पर अनेक रचनाओं में सपाटबयानी ही नहीं हैं बल्कि अनेक सुंदर शब्दचित्र भी उभरते दिख रहे हैं -
"मुंडेर तोड़ बह निकली
नयनों की झील
कपोलों पर तड़प कर
दम तोड़ती 
सपनों की मछलियाँ"

राजनीतिज़ों की मतलबपरस्ती का आलम यह है कि- 
"जिन्हें दिखती है
बस अपनी पीड़ा
जो बस अपनी कराह
अपनी आह तौलते हैं"

किसी व्यक्ति किसी धर्म या मजहब का अनुयायी होना अधिकांश मामलों में मूलत: उसका अपना निर्णय नहीं होता बल्कि माता-पिता की तरफ से वंशानुगत प्राप्त होता है. तो जिस पर अपना बस ही नहीं है उसके लिए क्या लड़ना! अपने मजहब या धर्म को श्रेष्ठ मानने की प्रवृति का वो पुरजोर विरोध कर रही हैं- 
"अपने ही मजहब धर्म को
क्यों श्रेष्ठ मानते हैं हम
जबकि सब के मूल में कोई 
विश्वास है"

यह कवयित्री मूलत: प्रेम की कवयित्री हैं. देखिए, कितने अनोखे अंदाज़ में वो शृंगार का रस घोल रही हैं-
"बिन सूचना तुमने
कब्जा किया है
हृदय-प्रदेश पर
और मैं अपनी ही सल्तनत के छिन जाने पर भी
देशद्रोही की तरह
देती हूँ तुम्हारा साथ
दिन-रात अपनी हर सोच में
तुम्हें बसाकर
तुम्हारा हुक्म बजाने को"

घनीभूत प्रेम में आत्मसमर्पण का एक और सुंदर चित्र देखिए -
"फिर तुम आना 
पाहुन बनकर
नहीं कहीं किरायेदार बनकर
और कब्जा कर लेना
मकान मालिक की तरह!"

आज के समय में मानवीय सम्बंधों के स्वरूप को उजागर करने के लिए उनका यह अतिलघु काव्यांश काफी है - 
"पोल खुल गई 
रिश्तों की 
सम्बंधों की भी
जबकि फटी तो केवल 
जेब थी!"

हम में, आप में सब में प्राणों का संचार करनेवाला सर्वव्यापी ईश्वर खुद कैसे निर्जीव हो सकता है? कवयित्री कह रही हैं- 
"मैंने मनुष्य को बनाया
मनुष्य अब मुझको बना रहा है!"

समाज ऐसा समझने लगा है कि एक स्त्री का जीवन हमेशा दूसरों की इच्छओं की पूर्ति के लिए होता है. किंतु हमें यह भी समझना चाहिए कि स्त्री के अपने भी तो कुछ लक्ष्य होते होंगे, कुछ अरमान होंगे तो क्या वह उन्हें भूल जाए? स्वयँ एक सम्पूर्ण मानवीय इकाई होते हुए भी मात्र दूसरों के जीवन में काम आने वाली एक निर्जीव वस्तु बन जाने की व्यथा को शोभा जी अनोखे बिम्ब रच कर अभिव्यक्त करती हैं- 
"खो गई है वो छोटी डिबिया
जिसमें मैंने रख छोड़ा था
जीवन का उद्देश्य.
मैं जब भी कोशिश करती हूँ
उस छोटी डिबिया को ढूँढने की 
मेरे हाथ में आ जाते हैं
कुछ छोटे बड़े अन्य डब्बे
और फिर से इन्हीं
अन्य डिब्बों में खो जाती हूँ मैं" 

यह कवयित्री सामाजिक यथार्थ में भी जी रही हैं. आज के माहौल पर अत्यंत प्रभावकारी ढंग से मजहबी सियासत पर चोट करती हुई कहतीं हैं-
"तुम एक हो
विभिन्न रूपों में हो
फिर भी तुमने क्यों
हर प्राणी को उलझाया
धर्म, मजहब के नाम पर
खुद से ही लड़ते हो
खुद से ही डरते हो
खुद ही को खुद का 
दुश्मन बनाया"

कवयित्री का कवित्व अभी उद्भव की प्रक्रिया में है. कुछेक कविताओं में भाव-प्रवाह तो है किंतु कोई दिशा नहीं दिख रही है -
"नयन झील में
जब जम जाती है
दर्द की वर्फ 
और मुड़ जाती हैं धाराएँ
भीतर की ओर
तो समूचा अस्तित्व
बदल लेता है रूप
और झील
परिवर्तित हो जाती है
अंधकूप में
अंधकूप से सागर में
सागर से भँवर में
और भँवर चक्र में फंसकर
डूब जाते हैं सब रिश्ते
यह दर्द की दावाग्नि
जला डालती है स्वयं को
तो कभी परिवार को
तो कभी समाज को"

पर इस कवयित्री में  वह रचनात्मक बेचैनी है जो आनेवाले समय में इनको अवश्य इनको बड़े रचनाकार की सूची में शुमार कर सकता है.  जीवन दुर्लभ है. और जीवन का अर्थ उम्र का गुजरना नहीं वरन् पल-प्रतिपल को पूरी शिद्दत से महसूसना होता है- 
"पल प्रतिपल
होकर भावविह्वल
जीना चाहती हूँ
अक्षर अक्षर किताब
हर पल का हिसाब
पढ़ना चाहती हूँ
बूँद बूँद प्यास
लेकर चातक की आस
पीना चाहती हूँ.
तार तार जख्म 
बिना किसी मरहम
सीना चाहती हूँ"

इस तरह से हम पाते हैं कि शोभा स्वप्निल के कविता-संग्रह "सत्य और मिथा की तुला में" की कविताओं में रागात्मकता की नैसर्गिक अभिव्यक्ति ही नहीं बल्कि उसके साथ-साथ आज के युग के युग के महत्वपूर्ण संदेशों का सम्प्रेषण भी हुआ है. निश्चित रूप से कृति पठनीय  है और रचनाकार बधाई की पात्र हैं.
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समीक्षक - हेमन्त दास 'हिम' प्रतिक्रिया देने हेतु ईमेल - editorbejodindia@gmail.com, hemantdas2001@gmail.com












Sunday, 7 August 2022

"The Zoo Story" staged in Mumbai (Khar) by Jeff Goldberg Studio on 30.7.2022

 "Mind that you are an animal and not a vegetable"


The world is like a zoo that is full of various kind of animals, man is one of them. All animal interact with each other in some way or other. So it is not a surprise if the relation between two different animals goes to any extent.  Though the settings in which this play moves may be highly obnoxious to the Indian audience with a conservative bent of mind as far as normalcy in sexual behavior is concerned one should know that the behavioural aberrations shown is just intended to invigourate the theme of social disparity. It is certainly not a sex story. Once you get cosy with this point the play is a prize for your intellectual eyesight.

A mid-aged gentleman Peter comes to the park and perches on a bench to relax. Soon, a younger man Jerry enters the park who is desperate to communicate with someone. On the contrary to Peter's normal life with wife and daughters Jerry's life is scrappy. So stark is the difference between both that they seem to be the two opposite poles. Jerry protrudes his conversation into the calm of Peter who condescends to respond.

Jerry calls Peter a vegetable as he thinks, no animal can live in that highly structured and stereotyped manner. The disparity emanates from all angles- economic, social, moral and family-conditions. The teen-aged Jerry says it is unbearable for me to spend two nights with the same girl. Moreover he insinuates that  other things can also substitute a lover girl and even more  preferably. He keeps on spitting fire with his monologue onto the vulnerable Peter. Peter somehow bears all the nonsense hoping Jerry will stop his chatter. 

Jerry says he lives in a highly congested, too small and unhygienic shady room. He keeps on giving the ghastly details of how he has been misused by the ugly old misbehaved landlady on routine basis. Also, how the landlady's pet dog tries to take a toll on him everyday by chasing him like a drunken lustful man behind his wife. Once he tried to poison this obstinate creature but to no avail. 

Peter feels abhorrent and wants to keep himself aloof from these rubbish details. But he can't. He is put under such a compulsion that he himself witness a heinous crime of murder committed by his own hand.

The plot fascinates for it's unconventional storyline. The playwright Edward Albee has used uncanny symbols. The bench is not just a bench, it is the life-space of the society from where a complacent gentleman is ousted giving way to the deprived one. The knife is not just a knife it is a Freudian symbol. Every viewer was aghast when Jerry popped out his knife, waved and threw it on the ground. But soon it was clear that he is not going to kill Peter and rather ... .?? To get pierced  by someone on one's own belly with a knife actually signifies to a psychoanalytic. This is proved by the fact  that Jerry is screaming not in grief but with a satisfaction.

The director Kashyap Shangari had successfully turned a two-men play into a double-role solo acting. Moreover he seemed to be in full rage by making his only female actor to play both diametrically opposite male characters at a time. And the actor Swagata Naik carried it out. Her countenances, postures and voice-modulation went well with a despotic character searching for his own existence in a vast weird world called society. The killer's instinct kept oozing out her eyes incessantly just conveying "I too exist with some zoological desires. I am certainly not a plant without a mind and heart". The other character of a civilised gentleman had comparatively less to show still a justice was done with this passive character too that was essential to intensify the vigour of the other main character. The solo actor enacted that also in a natural way thanks to her director's instructions. The set-design was ok.                
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Article by - Hemant Das ' Him'
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Sunday, 24 July 2022

"Dada ek good news aahe" - Marathi play staged in Navi Mumbai (Panvel) on 17.7.2022

"I want to give birth to my child" 

"I want to give birth to my child" - if a woman states, who on the earth has power to stop her? Nobody even not her most loveable and only family person, the elder brother can. May she be merely a college girl or even when she is still unmarried. The point is not whether the pregnancy hither is recommendable or not the point is whether a woman has a right over her womb or not. "Dada ek good news aahe" raises this most pertinent social issue in perfectly an emphatic manner. 

Namita, a college girl of just 18 is living with her elder brother Vineet in a metro city who is a brilliant commerce student and is on the verge of completion of his CFA course.  The brother-sister bond is awesome and both respect each other.  As they come from a conservative family, the free ambience of city allows them to make friendship with others without any regard to gender. One day, Namita reveals before her brother that she has tested positive in the pregnancy test. Vineet is furious and really in a fix. He does not know how to deal with it. He asks her who is responsible for her pregnancy. She says there is a boy in the college who is in love with her.

Vineet finds himself it the midst of a maelstrom. He pleads to his sister for abortion  but she denies. Then he begs to his sister's lover to marry the pregnant girlfriend, but the boy shows his inability to do so.  After all, they all belong to a conservative middle-class family. What people will say? How will they show their face in the society? 

But with their grit and high level of understanding the duo of brother-sister is able to come out of the mess in an unexpected manner but with a happy note. This was never an easy move and it demanded a big sacrifice. As the staging of this play is continued till date so I am not going to divulge more on the script..

The script is vivid and astonishingly realistic. This is a real-life situation and thanks to the guts of the writer it is presented actually in that way only. There is absolutely not an iota of casualness or preaching mentality that you could trace. The director has done his work aptly and the actors lived up to his expectations. It seems that it might have been originally thought to be comedy show which turned into an intense serious play. The magic is that the thread of comedy has not given way to the sobriety of the subject. Both mode of comedy and seriousness travels in tandem so that an extremely grave issue is communicated without being burdened. So you learn a very difficult lesson while just getting entertained. The set-design was pragmatic in the sense that it showed all the upstairs, the hall, kitchen, drawing room all at a time. The focused light-management could have added more value to the presentation.

The actor playing Vineet has stolen the show. The height of the brother's embarrassment seeing an untimely pregnant sister was genuinely reflected in his nervous but trying-to-nerve-up body-language and accent.  The unshaken stance of Namita was quite impressive. Namita's lover's facial expression and body-postures were quite in-tune in keeping the comedy alive and the girlfriend of Vineet lived her character with adequate responsibility.

The play was presented by Sonak Production and it's Priya Bapat. It was directed by Adwait Dadarkar and the writer is Kalyani Patare. Those who acted were Umesh Kamat, Arti More, Ashutosh Gokhale and Mruga Bodas. 
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Article by - Hemant Das 'Him'
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** The drama team may contact us through email if they want to replace the photos with their good quality pictures.








Sunday, 10 July 2022

Mystique's Open Mic event in Navi Mumbai (Belapur) on 9.7.2022

 We are now claiming, our rightful grounds
(A report)

A throng of the hearts throbbing with creative instinct was the scene of the verandah of The Hotel Park, Belapur CBD (Navi Mumbai) in the evening of 9.7.2022. They were not just neophytes rather a mix of all- fledgling, to-be-seasoned and aficionados. And so all the stages of the evolution of an artistic persona were on display. Upholding the sprit of pluralism in media, form and content,  some were singers, some were poets, some were comic performers. Not only this, there was at least one flute-player and one beat-boxer too. Even singers were of different genres - classical or movie and so were poets - romance, love, women liberty and patriotism. The whole event was captivating no one will think of missing out. 

A stand-up performer left everyone laughing by revealing a truth which was something like "..the bathroom is the best place to deliver a speech as at least, the wall has no liberty to go out". Ameya Kumar brought tears to the eyes of everyone by reciting a song of recently departed popular soul, K.K. - "Dard may bhi ye lab, muskura jaate hain / Beete lamhe hame jab bhi yaad aate hain". Kavya Patil presented a English song. Ishwaran was a master performer of this day whose flute cast a spell on all listeners. He was more disposed to show his mettle in classicals though people also loved his flute translation of "Ye moh moh ke dhage".

Ms. Jasmin was an impressive torch bearer of women's liberty. Her words raised a whole host of pertinent points related with struggle fought by the half of human population. She was able to fill all women with new strength when she stated, "We are done with dusting, all your doubts/ We are now claiming , our rightful grounds".  Her views reminded a burning issue of woman race who is largely underpaid and underestimated. So she says that " Woman can have it full". Nisha Shanwal was a new poet who presented a poem - "Adhuri si iss zindgi ko, tum ne pura kiya/ Mere adhure khwab ko/ tum ne apna liya"

Sneha Jacson has a sweet tuneful throat and an outstanding command over rhythm so we hope for her good future in singing. She recited songs of Shreya Ghoshal - "Mere saason ki jhankar ho tum" and "Jaise ho waise hi aa jaao/ Shringar ko rahne do". Saurabh Dash stunned everyone with his beat-boxing skills. 

Abhishek Tiwari had the capacity to change the mood of the whole gathering and took it to the patriotic feelings - "Ham us Hindi ke vanshaj hain, jahan Meera ne ras dhala ho/ Ham us Hindi ke vanshaj hain/ Jahan 'Bachchan' ki 'Madhushala' ho". He also declared that "Yug koi aaye ya jaaye/ Prem shashwat hi rahega"

Vipin presented a Kishor's song, "Tum hi to laye ho jivan me mere, pyar, pyar, pyar". The event was deftly compered by Indrashish Maulik. Vikram and Juberia on behalf of 'Mystique' were the key persons in the organiging team. 
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Report by - Hemant Das 'Him'
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Saturday, 25 September 2021

"Varta Re Varta" - a Gujarati play presented at Scrapyard, Ahmedabad on 24.9.2021

Light at the end of every tunnel



Every problem has a solution howsoever difficult that may be. A crowd of kids, children and their parents were extremely thrilled after the presentation of the Gujarati play "Varta Re Varta" directed by Yash Varan and performed at the open stage of Scrapyard, Paldi (Ahmedabad).

With a sheer skill of immaculate acting supported by costumes and a splash of background sound such a marvelous drama can be served to the viewers without any set or properties, it was doubtlessly proved by the director and his  team. Crows, Lions, Monkeys were not just playing their roles but having a eye-to-eye chat with the kids in the front row of the audience too. The jubilant cry and shouting amassed the duration of the performance. The dialogues too became interactive and sometimes reciprocal too. The audience was fully immersed in the scenes.

The story is an adaptation from a folklore of Turkistan. Akil is a child from a family of bird-catching profession. Akil also indulges himself in bird catching. He catches a female crow who asks her to free her so that she could help him in catching a beautiful bird. Akil agrees and both of them become good friends. The female Crow Kakari helps Akil in getting a beautiful bird which is taken to the Sultan (King) by Akil. The King praises Akil and makes him his favourite person. The Wazir (Minister) grew jealous of Akil and tries to put him in trouble again and again. But with the help of Kakari, Akil is able to find solution of even a seemingly impossible problems like getting teeth of elephants for building the bird's prison, making the bird singing and bringing a panacea for the ailing queen. All the courses of action he undertook for the solution takes you to an imaginary world and you treads into a fairyland meeting beautiful nymphs.

Acting by all actors was befitting to the role though Wazir, Lion& Sultan (double role), Kakadi, Akil really impressed in terms of dialogue delivery and facial expression. The body language of lion was superbly realistic with an adequate dignity in King's role. The Wazir looked a truly cunning and jealous person with an exemplary use of countenance. Kakadi (crow) was perfect in her body language and Akil really looked liked in a difficulty again and again. The beautiful bird, The queen and her fairy friends were all good at dancing too with their gorgeous looks. The whole presentation was highly enchanting and every child is bound to make a connection with the play effortlessly. The storyline moves linear but impressive fashion. Children would like to watch it again and again.

The play based on Turkish folklore was conceptualised in Gujarati by Yash Varan. The adaptation is seamless and natural. 

The play was directed by Yash Varan,  Lyrics and Music by Mayank Oza and the actors were  Het Panchal, Teertha Bhatt, Suraj Nayak, Kshitij Kapoor, Lipi Trivedi, Palak Srivastav, Tarun Dalwadi, Ishita Thakkar, Ajaz Sheikh, Amit Prajapati, Daxesh Anand, Depesh Vadgama, Simanj Choudhary, Ritik Dalwani, Idrish Mansoori, Jigar Vora, Dhruv Mesiya, Aman Sadhavni. Musicians and Singers from the background were Piyush Makwana, Sritej Bhatt, Setulaxmi Rajan, Vidish Raval, Hardik Parmar, Ruben Joshef, Bhavi Bhatt  Lights was taken care by Bhavya Doshi.

Costumes was prepared by Teertha Bhatt, Makeup  was given by Lipi Trivedi. Kabir Thakore also helped in the presentation.
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Review by - Hemant Das 'Him'
Email ID: hemantdas2001@gmal