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Vomedh Rangmanch stages ‘Khoya Bachpan’ as part of Jammu Summer Theatre Festival 2018
Khoya Bachpan reveals the inner pain and lost childhood of Kashmiri children
Jammu, June 12, (Scoop News)-Vomedh Rangmanch once again enthralled the audience at Abhinav Theatre during the ongoing Jammu Summer Theatre Festival 2018 with its powerful and intense play “Khoya Bachpan” written by Rakesh Roshan Bhat and Directed by Rohit Bhat.
Khoya Bachpan saw the repeat performance after a gap of one year as it was first staged last year on July 08 depicting the pain, anguish and lost childhood due to unrest in Kashmir which has thrown the life of children haywire.
With Khoya Bachpan, Vomedh Rangmanch has once again initiated a new concept in theatre circles by introducing donor passes to attract the real theatre lovers and create awareness among the masses that theatre also needs their financial patronage like films.
Even though we expected very thin attendance due to donor passes but fortunately audience in Jammu has shown great maturity by watching the play in huge attendance which is a positive sign for the promotion of theatre in Jammu, Said Rohit Bhat, Director Vomedh who introduced the concept.
It was a risk but we took it as someone has to bell the cat and Vomedh is always in the fore front in such endeavors which will surely begin a new trend in Jammu theatre circles, says senior journalist, social activist and actor King C Bharati who also plays a major role in Khoya Bachpan.
The play Khoya Bachpan is a reflection of the mindset of Kashmiri Muslim children caught in the cobweb of radicalization and stone pelting and the positive approach towards life of the Kashmiri Pandit Children living in forced exile prompting the protagonist Altaf played brilliantly by Ishu Bharati Pandit to ask some uncomfortable questions to his father Muzzafar played by King C Bharati the futility of ruining the childhood of Kashmiri Children in the unending political quagmire of the adults.
Based on a true story ‘Khoya Bachpan’ is an introspective and reflective story of how parents think it is their prerogative to push innocent kids into their disputes and conflicts. They dump all their unfulfilled wishes into their innocent impressionable minds.. All then that remains is - ' Khoya Bachpan'.
The first and most affected victims of any conflict are children. Whether the conflict is inside the home or outside it, it is the children who have to pay the price. Ironically, they get embroiled into conflict without they knowing it.
Altaf, a young Kashmiri Muslim kid played by Ishu Bharati comes to Jammu for his treatment alongwith his father Muzaffar played by King C Bharati. They stay at the house of their family friend, a Kashmiri Pandit, whose daughter’s wedding is in progress. Altaf is a stone pelter in Kashmir. He has never seen life outside Kashmir. He feels that is what the norm is. But when he meets the Kashmiri Pandit kids there, he sees there is much more to life. He questions himself – is he doing willingly what he is doing there.
The group does not endorse any particular political ideology or thought. They are just a group of conscientious and passionate theaterists trying to evoke positivism, self-introspection and integrity through their plays.
The highlight of the play is that many of the artists are freshers’ and the surprise element was the coming together of King C Bharati, His son Ishu Bharati and His daughter Isha Bharati for the play last year it was the debut play of the senior journalist and renowned social activist King C Bharati as an actor playing Muzzaffar alongwith his son Ishu Bharati Pandit as Altaf.
Raj Kumar Nehru, Vice Chancellor Skill University Haryana, was the chief guest while Kiran Wattal, MK Yogi and Ramesh Hangloo CEO Radio Shardha, TK Ganjoo Sanskriti Bhawan, Rockey Pandita were the guests of honour while Anita Chandpuri and Sandhya ji were special guests.
The characters were played by artists as follows King C Bharati as Muzaffar, Ishu Bharati Pandit as Altaaf , Vinay Pandita as Surender, Rahul Pandita as Ravi, Rajni Bhatti as Shehjar, Kosar Chandpuri as Zuv, Himagni Moza as Asma wife of Muzaffar, Isha Bharati as Aahee, Meenakshi Bhan as Sheen, Saksham Bhat as Kalhan and Dazy Bazaz as voice of mother.
Music Surinder Manhas, Lyrics (Hum Bachey Hain and title song Khoya Bachpan) are written by Rakesh Roshan Bhat and soulfully sung and composed by Saurab Zadoo,Lights-Pankaj, Sound Lokesh, Hall Management Bharati Koul, Publicity Pankaj Handoo, Back Stage Daizy Bazaz, Shivam Koul, Rinku Zutshi, Omar Qureshi, Ramesh Pandita, Anil Langeh Stills Kamal Ganjoo, Make-up- Sunny Mujoo. Set design Virji Sumbli.

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