Jyotishwar Thakur’s DHURT SAMAGAM Director: Prakash Jha


Playwright: Jyotishwar Thakur
Director: Prakash Jha
Group: Mailorang Repertory, Delhi
Language: Maitihli
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

The Play
Most of the plays in Maithili language are based on the stories derived from the lineage of Lord Krishna and his characteristics. But in Dhurt Samagam a saint and his students are the central characters. Every character in the narrative is one up in cunningness from the other. The saint along with his student, Snatak visits late Thakur’s place for alms, the household people take plea of impurity due to death in family. Vishwanagar and Snatak then visit Suratpriya’s place. Here, the mentor-disciple start fighting amongst themselves for a prostitute named Anangsena. Both of them take the prostitute to Assajaati Mishra to resolve their fight, but Assajaati Mishra and his helper Bandhubanchak both turn out to be more lecherous than them. Finally, Assajaati Mishra proclaims that it is this sly nature that has helped him to con the world and obtain his beloved. It is this essential nature which is the most precious thing for him in the world. However, he says that he always hopes for the peace and happiness of the universe.

Director’s Note
Dhurta Samagam, written in thirteenth century is the first Maithili play. As Jyotishwar Thakur himself belonged to the Mithila region he placed the action of the play in same region. A seven hundred years old play is as relevant today as it was back then. This became a strong reason for us to produce it. The physical postures in our production are inspired from Sanskrit drama tradition and folk form Kiratniya.

The Director
Dr. Prakash Jha, a Phd in theatre, has been associated with theatre since 1994. He is the only director working in Maithili presently. He is the founder director of Mailorang Repertory and a senior research fellow of the Min. of Culture, Govt. of India. He has, to his credit four published works, out of these three are edited works and the fourth one is a translation. He has directed more than 30 plays and acted in more than 40 plays. His plays have been a part of Bharat Rang Mohatsav. Presently, he is working as a co-editor of Rang Prasang, a magazine published by the National School of Drama.

The Playwright
Poet and playwright, Jyotishwar Thakur is assumed to have lived from 1260 to 1340. He was a resident of Pali Village of Madhubani district of the present-day Bihar. He was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He was given the the title of “Kavi-Shekar” because of his great writings. His Sanskrit text titled Panchsayak is based on ‘Kaamshastra’. His other work, Varnaratnakaar is assumed to be the best work of that time.

The Group
Mailorang Repertory, Delhi was founded in 2005 with the aim to preserve the essence of cultural heritage and diversity of Mithila region amongst the people living in NCR. Since then it had served the objective of promoting the regional art and culture such as Natua-naach, rasanchowki, kirtaniya etc. This group has presented more than 60 plays within the country and also in neighbouring states like Nepal. Several renowned artists have been associated with Mailorang with the sole objective of promoting art and culture. The plays presented by the group have been appreciated worldwide.

Cast & Credits
Nati: Pooja Priyadarshini
Nat: Raman Kumar
Suratpriya: Manisha Jha
Anangsena: Sonia Jha
Baba Vishwanath Jha: Mukesh Jha
Snatak/Bangat Lal: Jitendra Kumar
Thakur ji: Sanjeev Yadav/Mayanand Jha/Santosh
Misar ji: Rituraj
Vidushak/Bandhubanchak: Nitish Kumar Jha/ Manoj Pandey
Moolnashak : Mayanand/ Mannu Jha
Chorus 1: Nitish/Govind
Chorus 2: Deepanand/ Nikhil
Chorus 3: Shivswaroop/ Vivek
Chorus 4: Mnish Raj/ Manishankar
Chorus 5: Mannu Jha/ Roshan/ Harsh

Music: Rajesh Pathak, Anil Mishra and Deepak Thakur
Lead Singers: Rajeev Ranjan/ Sushmita Jha
Co-Singers: Amarjeet, Bhaskar Jha, Jyoti Jha, Shivani Jha, Nitish
Choreography: Bhoomikeshwar Singh
Assistance: Pratibha Singh, Puja Priyadarshani & Raman Kumar
Costumes: Sonia Jha
Assistance: Mannu Jha, Sony Jha and Daalchand (costumes)
Set & Light Design: Shyam Kumar Sahni
Assistance: Sanjeev Kumar Bittu
Make-up: Mukesh Jha and Deepak Thakur
Property: Nitish Kumar, Mannu Jha and Sanjeev Kumar
Communication: Deepak Yatri, Mayanand Jha and Sanjeev Kumar
Brochure and Poster: Sanjeev Kumar
Photography: Deepak Yatri, Swabhimaan, Vikram
Rehearsal Supervision: Neera Jha, Manish Tiwari
Production Controller: Mukesh Jha
Performance Text: Prakash Jha

Playwright: Jyotishwari Thakur
Co-director: Shyam Kumar Sahni
Director: Prakash Jha

Manohar Khushalani

Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is a former Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he taught were: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won a total of nine Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Earlier he retired from Government of India as Director Environment Management, Central Water Commission and held many senior positions in the Government Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: www.onevorld.org and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: www.stagebuzz.in He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He was an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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