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Artistic Insights: Natrang’s ‘Rehearsal’ Explores Theatrical Rehearsal Dynamics and Personalities

Jammu 28-03-2024:On second day of Natrang Theatre Festival being organised by Natrang in connection with the World Theatre Day, the audience was enthralled by a Hindi play ‘Rehearsal’,  written by Lakshmi Kant Vaishnav and directed by Neeraj Kant. In the play the playwright has very satirically mocked the people who want to do something without its proper knowledge, sensibility and also without possessing the basic eligibility of the profession.

The play ‘Rehearsal’ very interestingly portrays the rehearsal scenario of a play where the cast is all women. Though they (Kitty-mates) want to present a good show, their approach is not professional and rather too much immature. The basic elements which are required to mount a professional theatre production like discipline, punctuality, team spirit, self-motivation, neutrality of the mind etc were all missing in these ladies and they were instead full of the special traits like jealousy, gossip, lack of coordination and full of egotism.
The rehearsal becomes a free for all situation where everyone reveals her mind in a dramatic manner. Though there is a director also but because of her own limitations and lack of mettle, she is not able to control the team. Where these ladies were required to act with compassion towards their fellow artists they had their own whims and fancies, few of them even had proud in their mind as their husbands are at higher posts resultantly they seek pampered treatment. Finally the rehearsal which was shown in the play Rehearsal ended up to be a chaos leaving a stern message that we need to be disciplined and committed to create a meaningful work of art.

Natrang artists who performed in the play included Kananpreet Kaur, Vansh Pandotra, Priya Kashyap, Payal Khanna, Vandana Thakur, Sana Devi, Mehak Chib and Palshin Dutta. The lights of the play were operated by Neeraj Kant. The presentations were done by Kushal Bhat and the show was coordinated by Mohd. Yaseen.