Annual Hindi Play ‘Abhigyan Shakuntalam’ staged

10 May 2024


On 22 April 2024, the students of Hindi Sahitya Sabha, brought to life, the classic creation of the great poet Kalidas’s “Abhigyan Shakuntalam” at the Shukla Memorial Open Air Theatre. In the event, Principal Mr Ajay Singh; Chief Guest, Mr Ashish Golwalkar (Content Head- Sony India) ; Vice Principal, Ms Smita Chaturvedi; Ms Anamika Singh; Bursar, Colonel DK Farsahwal; Dean-ICT, Mr Raj Kapoor; Dean of Cocurricular Activities, Mr Dhirendra Sharma; the faculty and students were present. The great poet Kalidas wrote the play “Abhigyan Shakuntalam” based on a narrative from the Adiparva of the Mahabharata in the fifth century. This world- famous play is a unique example of the classical dramatic tradition of the Sanskrit theatre. In it we can see a wonderful confluence of scriptures and creative writing. The popularity of this play can be gauged from the fact that it has been translated into almost every language of the world and western scholars have generously appreciated the great poet Kalidas's scholarship. The original play is in Sanskrit and there have been many translations into Hindi language. Keeping the students in mind, in relatively simple language, the work translated by author Viraj was chosen for staging. This drama is decorated with the king of pleasures ‘Shringaar’ and is drenched in the water of love. In this, the monk can been seen with moist eyes teaching the lesson of Grihastha-Dharma. In this, the love of wild animals and plants for humans has been shown. Above all, the singularity of Shakuntala's love is shown. Due to Dushyant's forgetfulness, she is insulted and suffers, but in the end Dushyant and Shakuntala are reunited and the play has a happy ending.