Licence to air grievances


This is the time of the year when people enjoy the licence to express their feelings. And in our context, when such satirical comedies are made, politicians are never ever spared. And this is quite evident at the Gai Jatra Mahotsav which is being held at Pragya Pratisthan.

It is quite a combination with some of the most well-known faces from popular serials like Tito Satya, Jire Khursani and Meri Bassai taking centrestage. And to add to this humorous extravaganza, Suresh Adhikari, Manoj Gajurel, Shailendra Simkhada, Prakat Pangein, Rajendra and Anu KC and Rejina Uprety are also performing. More than 30 artistes will entertain you in around 15 different acts that they have prepared especially for this fest.

Besides focusing on lampooning our politicians, it is the current crisis that people are facing in their daily lives that have received a lot of attention. And that is not all. “Almost in all the performances, in some way or the other, directly or passively, the underlying feeling

of speaking against foreign powers and standing and respecting ones nationality is the basic theme,” said Kumar Shah, CEO, Color’s Production Pvt Ltd. “The best part about the performances is that there is live interaction with the audience too. Artistes taking comments and public opinion and at times improvising their performances according to the audience’s response,” he added.

These issues have been addressed in different ways from small acts, parodies, songs, satirical poems, solo acts which certainly are very direct, making the audience burst out in laughter or applaud the truth that was just uttered. And if you’ve been fed up with the condition of the country, maybe this is just the right place to be as your frustrations have been addressed and the people you wanted to so speak against have been ridiculed.

And the glamour quotient has not been forgotten as Rejina Upreti shows her eloquent dance moves.

While the whole atmosphere at the hall seemed to be brimming with the feeling of nationality, it seemed a bit weird that when the national anthem was being played, it didn’t occur to anyone that one should stand up to show their love and respect for the country whose brave sons and daughters we are.

The shows is from 5:00 pm from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, two shows will be held — at 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm, till August 24. Tickets are priced at Rs 1,000, Rs 500, Rs 300, Rs 200, Rs 100 available at UWTC, Jamal chowk, Academy gate and mobile counters.

The programme is being organised by Color’s Production Pvt Ltd, Universal Event Management Pvt Ltd. The main sponsors are Royal Stag and co-sponsors are Shikhar Shoe, CG Finco, it is supported by Media Bank, media partners are Annapurna Post and Gorkha FM.