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Vomedh stages Prem Nath Dhar’s famous Kashmiri opera ‘Zui Gabbar’ to commemorate 12th Foundation Day



Jammu, May -19 (Scoop News)-‘Zui Gabbar’, a famous Kashmiri opera written by Prem Nath Dhar in early sixties was today staged at Abhinav Theatre by the renowned theatre group Vomedh Rangmanch before a jam-packed audience to commemorate the 12th Vomedh Foundation day.

Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner (M) TK Bhat was the chief guest while Dr Sandeep Mawa, Chairman, United Peoples Party, presided over the function.

The audience was spell bound by the sheer scale, performance coordination and direction of this famous opera staged by the artists of Vomedh group and ably directed by Rohit Bhat which was staged after 58 years as its first performance was in Delhi in 1961.

Zui Gabar", Folk play written and staged by the renowned Urdu and Hindi writer Late Mr. Prem Nath Dar is a unique experience now to go back to year,1960. What was relevant then is relevant today also. The unique culture of brotherhood, society at large, the way of interaction and bonding between Kashmiri people is of utmost importance and the inheritance of Kashmiriyat is still prevailing within the people of Jammu and Kashmir who believe it is the secular thread that binds us together. Times may have changed for some due to the upheaval since 1989-1990. But at heart we cherish the same flavour when (haakavajen) the Kashmiri Saag selling lady "Khatij Ded" is enchanting the buyers with her sweet voice in a sing song manner to buy (haakh) Saag from her. It is not only the selling part of her nature we get to see or understand. It is her caring and friendly nature that attracts buyers to her. Kamli, Tulsi, Tarawati, Anand Pandit (The Hakeem) Sonna,(ice candy seller) Samma Kak, Moma Kak, and Pandit....... who understand and are sympethetic towards her because she has been shunned by her elder son Khazara, The dry fish seller( Hogada) and his wife.

The writer Prem Nath Dar was born in Badyar Bala, Srinagar on 25th July 1914 and was very well known in the subcontinent as Urdu short story writer from the Kashmir Valley. He wrote the folk play in Kashmiri- Zui Gabar in 1961 and staged it in New Delhi. this is the second time the opera is coming live on the stage after 58yrs.

Artists who performed in the play include Khatej as Daizy Bazaz, Kamle- Sashi Naqiab, Shiv Ji/ Darvesh- Ramesh Pandita, Tulsi- Priya, Khazer-Shazi Khan, Sone/Rehman Dar -Shivam Kaul, Anand Pandit/Prithvi Nath -Ashesh Bhat, Tarawati -Bharti Koul and Kaderas Sarthak

The play is written By Late Prem Nath Dar, Design By Manzoor Ahmad Mir, Directed By Rohit Bhat, Creative Director- Rakesh Roshan Bhat, Music- Rajesh Khar, Makeup- Manoj Dhammir, Publicity- Pankaj Handoo, Lights –Pankaj, Sound- Lokesh Hall Management -Tara Ji & Team, Cartographer- Akash Dogra, Anchor- Bindiya Tickoo, Media Advisor- King C Bharti, Costume- Bharti Koul, Property- Rajni Bhatti, Back Stage, Rajat,Rajni, Suman,Shoki, Rakesh Tickoo, Singer Shazia Bashir, Rajesh Khar, Nirmala & Sumeeta.

Sh TK Bhat while praising the Vomedh group for such initiatives said it was upto the youth of the community to preserve our rich culture through art in which Vomedh was doing a great job.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Sandeep Mawa while appreciating the Vomedh Group for such a splendid Kashmiri Opera assured his full support to the group and recalled that Vomedh has always been in the forefront in recreating the magic on stage through their tireless efforts.

Vomedh director Rohit Bhat later expressed special thanks to Sh TK Bhat, Dr Sandeep Mawa, Dhar Family, Kishan Langoo, Gulzar Ahmad Ganai & All The Members Associated With Vomedh.


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