Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The BEtraYal...

I asked Him, "Can i please have some Happiness?"
He said Nothing.

Today, i asked Him, " Can i please have some Happiness?"
He said: "You've had your share"...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

TerrA NeliUs

I like to belive that i can act. So do a lot of other people. Over the years i have realised, that i have several worlds...The World of Family n Cuzinz..of Friends...of Books...AND the World of Theatre. If it wasnt for Genet, i probably would never have been able to express and stress upon the fact that Theatre is a World in its ownself. It has a history..it has faced teh struggles of Censorship..it has helped creating an entire year's course for English Literature in DU..more so, it has had lovers recreate Romeo-Juliet, and Balaji Telefilms cashing in on modern day attempted-Iago's!

For someone like me, who has known the auditorium for jus 2 years, Theatre is probably too strong a word to use.. but yea..what is strong about the many things in Theatre is, that while Life hardly lets u be what you are, the world of theatre lets u be what u are...AND what you aren't..with as much grace and truth!

When your eyes begin to move on the following words of this paragraph, u might think i have no sense of 'linking'...but as i have learnt by attending some Beckett classes, not everything that SEEMS to make no sense, is insensible. Ultimately, there is a meaning to everthing...Without further digressions i would go on to narrate how i got down to writing what i am..
Recently i read a few books on the Partition of India and Pakistan..it might make u yawn..but really..i was touched by the stories..and i fell in love with lahore(ok..its food-culture)!

What i realised while reading was, that the Partition jus resulted in two Countries..or did it? From what i know, a country is formed by its people..and in this case, the people were'nt different! So why Two Countries at al?? (ok..not a very unusual question..) Both sides celebrated basant..Kite-flying is as mch indian as is Lahori...-maybe lame..but i couldnt help observing the mention of this festival in almost al stories! Emotionz,of course, were identical in evry heart...
A Hindu was forbidden by the 'State' to protect his Muslim friend,and vice versa...It wasnt religious as some of us like to think it was, but Religion was USED...correction..MISUSED. Everything is Divided today...literally and metaphorically, Partitioned. another Correction..
Everything, with the exception of Theatre. Its a beautiful world where nobody is a Hindu, Muslim,Sikh, Christian... where a Muslim is a Hindu and a Christian portrays a Sikh! There's no hatred, and lots of passion...maybe because there's a common ground..a common love for theatre..but again i think, wasnt Freedom a Common goal??? Wasnt it a common hysteria?!
In theatre, an ACtor is defined by his expressions, by his skills...he isnt representing a religious order, nor is he advocating any sort of unity,for that matter. Its a neutral state he follows...a state of being, that translates as a state of bliss. So is it that a missing sense of belonging is what that lets a HUMAN be at peace with himself and others? Or maybe, the sense of belonging is limited to the responsibility of being an Actor...

In the few moments that i've cherished as a part of the College Theatre Group, i have not been able to miss a single chance of observing the love,and respect the members share, irrespective of their religions... Tomorrow, God forbid, if there's another form of Partition that imposes separation amongst us, i know..and i can sense the unity that the stage will uphold. Certainty is relative..but if anything, i KNOW, and believe..that the Theatre will bind us together...we may fight like cats and dogs, and shed tears over trivial issues, but we would always Laugh togther on the moments when we've truly lived...that is, the moments of truth and love, that each one of us have lived...

Theatre is a miraculous area...and its magnificance probably lies in the fact that its No-Mans-Land...a Terra Nelius...