Aaina’s depiction of Kashmir awes audience1 min read
Manipal: Aaina, the official dramatics club of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) performed ‘The Djinns of Eidgah’, a play centered around life in Kashmir, in front of the full-house Syndicate Golden Jubilee Hall on Sunday November 8.
The play highlighted many sensitive subjects Kashmir residents deal with on a daily basis. Ashwin Mathew, director of the play explained, “This play is a very serious one which tells us what the Kashmiris have to go through. We feel that Manipal deserves to experience this play, but may not completely understand, it is nothing short of a revolution”.
The audience seconded the notion as they felt that the play increased political and cultural awareness about Kashmir. “The way it retold the tale of Kashmir reminded me of the movie Haider”, said Vamshik Shetty, a first year student of MIT.
There was a lot of excitement about the play with theater enthusiasts queuing up till Syndicate Bank before the start of the show. Shrijan Dutta, a MIT student said, “I have great love for theatre, so standing in the long line would not lessen my enthusiasm by any percent”. The writer of the play, Abhishek Majumdar, artistic director at Indian Ensemble, also endorsed Aaina earlier in the day by sharing the poster of the play on his Facebook page.
The play, which ran for three hours, managed to retain the audience for most of its part. This was the second time Aaina explored the topic of Kashmir through a play, with the first being a Hindi play named ‘Ansuni-The Unheard Voices’ back in 2013.