“We don’t want people to just look at it, have entertainment and go back!!We want to make them realize the message “, said Abhilasha, coordinator of Media and PR cell.
“Yes, we are not publicizing. Its just an effort to spread the message of humanity”, added Abhijeet, another member.
Wondering what’s going on?? Well, before that you need to answer one question.
What did you do last Sunday (August 19th)??
The most obvious guess would be, you would have been relaxing, spent time shopping or at most would have made some preparation for the upcoming Eid-ul-fitr .
Confused what this has to do with the excerpts above?
Well, on August 19th while most of us were busy with sheer self service, a few young,enthusiastic students from SRC XIMB, had a different tale to tell.They staged a street play “Nukkad Natak” in Forum Mart, one of the busiest malls of the city.
Well, few of us know that .August 19th is celebrated globally as the World Humanitarian Day. A day dedicated to humanitarians worldwide and to increase public understanding of humanitarian activities.And on such an occasion, a play themed “Manavta ki pukaar” was the best effort put forward by the XIMB students.
Staged around noon, this play had two very different yet familiar scenarios enacted by a group of 14 students. Here’s a brief description:
A man suddenly falls ill, writhing in pain , whilst his worried wife pleads the people there for some help. Some are busy watching cricket, some a daily soap and some watching “Satya meva Jayate”(a show on social awareness) but all of them fall deaf ears to this lady’s pleas Amidst these ,while all the hale and hearty people refused to help, out comes a disabled
person, to the rescue of the couple.
The second enactment was based on an eve teasing incident ,where the onlookers and the media personnel did nothing ,while a brave young lad stood up against such an immoral activity.
The scenes were aptly portrayed and had hordes of onlookers .Though it was the first public play organized by the institution(XIMB) on such an occasion, everyone appreciated the small yet bold awareness move.
Moreover, these are the scenarios, to which we are not very indifferent to. Every person, once, must have come across such a situation. Thus ,the play conveyed a sort of subliminal message.
The message was simple:
Rather than being one of the onlookers, it is better to come forward and be of some help to those who desperately require it. Any human being who has held alert, helped an innocent person, deserves a salute.
We don’t require a specific day for helping out people! In fact, every day is a humanitarian day!
Story and Photos : Swagata Misra