EK AUR DRONACHARYA (A Hindi Play)
Written by Dr. Shankar Shesh: Directed by
Arvind is a college professor who has caught Rajkumar red
handed copying during an examination. Rajkumar happens to be the son of
the college president. The student's union wants Arvind to send Rajkumar's
report to the university. Rajkumar's father, of course, wants to tear out
the report, more so because the incident is not good for his public image.
Arvind's friends and colleagues advise him to toe the line and withhold
Arvind's wife Leela is a practical woman. When the
president dangled a carrot of principalship in front of Arvind, she
influenced him to throw the report away and accept the offer. Arvind does
that, but at a great cost to his self esteem.
He is tormented by his remorse, which takes the shape of
his deceased friend Vimalendu, who was murdered by the same Rajkumar's
gang in a similar incident earlier.
Vimalendu likens Arvind to Dronacharya of Mahabharat, who
also was more of a paid guru than a real Acharya. Mahabharat would not
have taken place if Drona had behaved as a real Acharya. He also, had to
sell his soul to feed his hungry family and his hungry ego.
Ek Aur Dronacharya by the great Dr. Shankar Shesh of
Madhya Pradesh University. It deals with corruption in a teaching place at
three levels, personal, societal and traditional. At some point in our
lives, we all are teachers. How true are we to this noble deed and what
kind of generation are we leaving behind.
The play is a deep emotional experience both for the
players and the viewers. The remorse of professor Arvind, the agony and
ecstasy of Dronacharya, the determination of Arvind's students, Chandra
and Anuradha, make the play one of the greatest ever written in Hindi. For
those who enjoy a light hearted evening there are hilarious and lighter
moments in the play depicted by the senile and spineless principal, highly
strung Yadu and Vimalendu the Pret Atma. The play is being staged on the
12th and 13th of April at Chowdiah Memorial hall.