PICS: Wo Lahore in Delhi

One of the most written about periods of Indian history, the saga of partition and the havoc in wrecked on the Indian subcontinent never fails to entice our sensibilities. The story of a family struggling against one of history’s most testing times was the subject of the tragic play ‘Wo Lahore’ that brought the curtains down on the three-day Summer Theatre Festival in the capital.

Staged on the last day of the Festival on Friday, ‘Wo Lahore’ recreated the tragic devastation of India’s partition through the story of a family based in Lahore.

Directed by Atul Satya Koushik, ‘Wo Lahore’ is a musical drama set in the middle of twentieth century India. The play is a story of an ordinary woman Jamuna, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amid everything that is happening around.

The play shows the internal conflicts and turmoil prevailing in an ordinary Indian family with the struggle for freedom, social beliefs of those times and the partition in the backdrop. Beleaguered in different convictions, values and aspirations of her sons and husband, Jamuna, the protagonist is a representative of the quintessential Indian woman.

Full of Indian music, the play turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for the audience on the last day of the festival presented by the Films & Theatre Society.

Over three days, three grand productions were staged at the Shri Ram Centre Auditorium and were loved and appreciated by the theatre lovers of the capital.

From an adult comedy, to an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the festival featured a wide range of stories and productions.

“We are overwhelmed by the response to the festival. Through this festival we tried to put together a diverse ensemble of plays to make sure we will have something for every theatre lover. This was our way of providing an artistic relief to the people of Delhi in the sultry summer, and we are very happy that people thoroughly enjoyed the productions. The Films & Theatre Society aims to popularize the art of theatre and take it to a wide variety of audience,” said writer-director Atul Satya Koushik.