Play portrays social issues
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Play portrays social issues

From corruption ravaging the society to the menace of dowry and blind faith, a Kashmiri play performed at the auditorium of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on Monday highlighted various social issues facing Kashmir— with a strong message that ultimately evil meet its end.

From corruption ravaging the society to the menace of dowry and blind faith, a Kashmiri play performed at the auditorium of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages on Monday highlighted various social issues facing Kashmir— with a strong message that ultimately evil meet its end.

The play Pather Ma Phote (play may stop) by writer director Reshi Rashid started with two clowns arguing whether they should stop performances or not. The struggle between desire to continue and the social pressure to earn more money reflects in the conversation, which is performed on Bande Pather style.

Hinting at enforced disappearances, clowns say that "here everything vanishes in thin air and life goes on." At one point the smaller clown argues that "how can I perform here in Kashmir as everybody is a great actor here. They are all acting and have been acting for years."

The play also highlighted corruption and the fight against corruption. "Corruption is everywhere yet nobody will be persecuted.

Everything is fixed even the fight against social evils.

The second part took up dowry issue which was highlighted with parents of bride and groom bickering as the former accuses later of asking for dowry. The third and final part took up the issue of "fake faith heelers," with one self proclaimed saint and his disciple killing a sick person as they claim that the patient is possessed and start beating him. After taking the money and other things, their celebration is cut short as they get arrested for causing the death.

The play was received with cheers and applause and the audience liked the sequence of fake faith heeler and the patient. The play was enacted by 12 artists from award winning Azad dramatic cultural club, Ganderbal.

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