Nepal | August 11, 2020

The story of fire

The story of fire
Share Now:

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu:

The playwright, director, actors and, most importantly, the audience are essential elements in making a play successful. This thought was expressed by major literary figures, playwrights, critics and theatre workers at a programme organised on February 13 by Arohan Theatre Group to mark the anniversary celebration of the Group, Sama Theatre, as well

as the 100th stage performance of ‘Agniko Katha’, a play written by Abhi Subedi and directed by Sunil Pokharel.

‘Agniko Katha’ was first performed on February 6, 2003 to inaugurate the Sama Theatre at Old Baneshwor. Since then, it has been staged in different parts of the world — India, Russia, Denmark and Nepal, etc. In the sixth Bharat Ranga Mahotsav, it was able to make an impression on the audiences and was considered one of the top 10 best plays.

Playwright Abhi Subedi said, “I find every performance a new one. Already it has derived multiplicity of meanings in a variety of audiences. I have realised by now that a playwright has a very little role to play and he is no more than only a part of the creative group.”

Similarly, for Sangeeta Rayamajhi, the play evokes so many associations both personal and academic. According to her, “hundreds of performance of Agniko Katha meant many things and most importantly it is a proof that it has been able to make large number of theatre audiences”.

Tulasi Diwas, a prominent writer and critic, held that he is not anxious about the circumstance and the environment in which a book is written. He also added that “the meaning should be derived from the text itself rather than imposed from outside. And this meaning could be diverse to different people just like the characters in the play

who go in search of their own missions and find an answer for their question accordingly”.

Director Pokharel, shared his experiences and the struggle undertaken by Nepalis theatre artists. He remembered performing a play for less than six spectators sometimes. He thanked everyone for making this collaborated effort successful and especially Abhi Subedi for writing such a great play, Anup Baral for designing the set and Avas for his music, Shechan Monastery for providing a dance teacher for teaching various postures and the costume. He did not forget to thank the wonderful audience without whom the performance would have no meaning. His happiness was unbound for the number of audience is increasing these days.

The programme was followed by the stage presentation of ‘Agniko Katha’. Anup Baral, playing the monk Gyan and Nisha Sharma Pokharel, playing the role of a nun were at their best. From the day of its first show the play has derived new meanings in the minds of the spectators according to their experiences in life, at an individual, or, the national level.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

CIAA books Nepal Water Supply Corporation employee with bribe in Dhading

KATHMANDU: The Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has detained a government employee with a bribe of over Rs 1 million from Dhunibensi  Municipality-8 in Dhading district. The arrested, identified as engineer Santosh Sah, Chief of Nepal Water Supply Corporation, Butw Read More...

Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

BRIDGEWATER: President Donald Trump’s end run around Congress on coronavirus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline he claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden cash-strapped state Read More...

Department of Immigration, visa services

Department of Immigration halts visa services after a staffer tests positive for Covid-19

KATHMANDU: Department of Immigration (DoI) has halted its services from Monday until further notice after one of its employees was diagnosed with Covid-19. As there has been a steady rise in coronavirus-infection cases in many parts of the country, government offices have been conducting PCR test Read More...

Indonesia volcano spews huge ash cloud in second eruption in 3 days

JAKARTA: An Indonesian volcano spewed a giant ash cloud 5 km (3.1 miles) into the sky on Monday in its second eruption in three days, emitting a thunderous noise and turning the sky dark, authorities and witnesses said. The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra comes after more th Read More...

Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old Sanaa houses collapse in heavy rains

SANAA: Houses in Yemen's UNESCO-listed Old City of Sanaa are collapsing under heavy rains, as months of floods and storms assail a country already reeling from war, food shortages and disease. The distinctive brown and white mud brick houses of Sanaa's historic neighbourhoods, which date from b Read More...

Blast destroyed landmark 19th-century palace in Beirut

BEIRUT: The 160-year-old palace withstood two world wars, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate and Lebanese independence. After the country's 1975-1990 civil war, it took 20 years of careful restoration for the family to bring the palace back to its former glory. "In a split second, Read More...

Improving agriculture extension service

Nepal’s vegetable sector holds great promise for generating employment and increasing the incomes of rural households. Vegetables are a major high-value crop in Nepal, contributing 9.7 per cent to the country’s GDP and providing subsistence to more than 3.2 million families. Over 5 lakh smallhol Read More...

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for COVID-19

KATHMANDU: Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for coronavirus infection. Mukherjee said that the virus was detected while he was on a visit to the hospital for a separate procedure and requested all of those who came into contact with him to isolate themselves and get Read More...