Friday 6 December 2019

Tuzi Aamri - Marathi play based on Amrita Shergill performed in Mumbai on her birthday - 5.12.2019

The Indian gene of Amrita Sher-gill 

(इसे हिन्दी में पढ़िये - यहाँ क्लिक करके क्र.सं. 6 में देखिए )

Amrita was born in Budapest the capital of a European nation Hungary by a Hungarian a mother who was a opera artist. But her father was Indian Sikh and the inherent gene of her blood was essentially Indian. And this drew her journey in painting from Western to Indian not only geographically but also in terms of style. She got highly influenced by two Tagore brothers of Bengal. It only proves the magic of her Indian origin that though she spoiled herself in a lifestyle much ahead time in terms of indulgence, she portrayed Indian poverty and the condition of village women passionately. Her father was of royal origin and mother too came from affluent European bourgeoisie but she kept immersing in the pains of Indian poverty. Her paternal side had a lineage of British loyalty but her musing was reverberated with the thoughts of Gandhi and freedom struggle. She had also been in intimate friendly terms with Jawahar Lal Nehru and exchanged several letters with him. Both met at quite some occasions and cherished some soft feelings for each others.

The play performed was actually a discourse on evolution of Amrita's art. She and her sister Indira were shown illustrating the paintings made by her. The paintings included Self portraits, Hungarian Gypsy, Village Young Girls, The Sleep (a nude beautiful young woman in sleep), village women, It was not an action play but was a sort of story telling on Amrita Shergill's internal being, challenges faced within family and in open society.  There were only two artists who delivered their long dialogues faultlessly and with proper emphasis on the words. In the last scene Amrita Sher-Gill is seen dying only at the age of 28 probably because of failed abortion. It is noteworthy that she had gone through abortions many times before her marriage too.

The light was kept dim throughout the play to keep the paintings appearing on the screen in the background quite visible. The sound system worked well and there was absolutely no issue in hearing the dialogues. The actresses kept changing their costumes that displayed the beautiful dresses that could have been in vogue at that period of time. And from that angle it was a feast for the student of fashion designing. 

(The info given below is based on the facebook post of Sri Rawindra Das, a renowned painter and art critique. Click here)

If we look at history of world art, the role of women is negligible in the art world. but on the contrary, Indian art history cannot be written without Amrita Shergill of India. On 5 December at 2:00 pm, the auspicious occasion of Amrita Sher Gill's birthday she was remembered in whole of India but in the best manner in Mumbai. On that occasion a Marathi play "Tujhi Aamri" based on Amrita Shergill, created by Maharashtra Cultural Center and organized by Sir JJ School of Art On being  l Visit Of was performed at Sir JJ School of Art, Mumbai (Fine Arts Department)

Artist: Amrita Patwardhan, Richa Apte
Music: Chaitanya Adarkar
Backstage: Raj
Prakash: Prafulla Dixit
Costumes: Vaishali Oak
Color: Ashish Deshpande
Production system: Harshad Rajpath
Theatrical: Shekhar Naik
Artist: Amrita Patwardhan, Richa Apte
Anchor: Shubhangi
Music: Chaitanya Horizontal
Background: Raj Sandra
Publisher: Prafulla Dixit
Dress: Vaishali Oak
Copyright: Ashish Deshpande
Construction System: Harshad Pathak

Report by - Hemant Das 'Him' / Rawindra Das
Photographs by - Bejod India blog
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