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“Toba Tek Singh”: Kalamanch puts up Center Stage Play – The Manipal Journal
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“Toba Tek Singh”: Kalamanch puts up Center Stage Play

Kalamanch ke kalakaar, ho gaye tayyar!” the sounds echo through the hall as the curtains rise for the center stage play, ‘Toba Tek Singh’, by Kalamanch, the theatre club of School of Communication (SOC). The play was based on a short story by Saadat Hasan Manto on April 14 and took place at Gangubai Hangal Auditorium, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities.

The play is set during the India-Pakistan partition where inmates of the Lahore Central Asylum are going to be separated based on their religion. It was directed by Purva Pathak and Vedant Vaishampayan.

The play featured a mixed bag of characters, each of them providing different perspectives to the underlying plot.

“It was a challenging experience,” says Shweta Pal, a first-year student from SOC. “I was playing a character with different multitudes and had to adapt to the body language and characteristics of a male character. My co-actors and directors helped me perfect my role, including my walk,’ she laughs as she talks about getting into character.   

 A traumatized father, a Maulana who thinks he is Muhammad Ali Jinnah, and a heartbroken lover were few of the characters from the play.

“I had goose bumps and it was an exhilarating experience. It makes one truly experience the tension that prevailed during the times of the partition,” remarked Ananya Rao, a first-year student and one of the spectators of the play.


Pictures by: Shreya Bavar and Arsha K. A

Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian

Aminah Neemah


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