On 1st October 2013, that is the eve of BIMTECH’s 26th Foundation Day, the students ,faculty, staff and guests were treated with a performance by the renowned Asmita Theatre group. The play staged was “Court-Martial”, written by Mr. Swadesh Deepak and directed by the founder of ‘Asmita Theatre Group’- Mr. Arvind Gaur. The play talks about the disparities still running in the veins of the fabric of Indian society. It pokes at your ribs and says that caste system is not a subject of the history text books, but the permanent imprints of feudal mentality etched in the minds of millions is too difficult to eradicate.
Smirking at the justice system, the play takes Indian Army as its backdrop which is considered to be the apostle of discipline and demystifies the image by showing the proceedings of a court case where the power play goes on under a masquerade and the feeble is trampled by the strong.
The play strikes a chord at some other contemporary problems of the society like the colonial hangover we still carry. The natural corollary to this mind-set is that, we place English as a garb for the elite while demeaning our vernaculars as the poor’s raiment. Similarly, it focuses on how the thinking patterns of a large section of the society have been servile for generations and refuse to go. It beckons all to wake up from the dreary slumber and take a look around. It urges us to crack the shell of pseudo- comfort that we ,the privileged , have created around us .
The audience was enthralled by the performance. Silent tears flowed in the hearts of some while the inferno of rage burned in others. The play makes you ponder over what Dylan had said years ago…
“How many roads most a man walk down, before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail, before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, how many times must the cannon balls fly, before they’re forever banned?
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.”
Director ,Mr. Arvind Gaur, who’s made this play a nation-wide success, performing it in every single state of India, stated that the impact of this play has been nation-wide. He said he loves this story because it teaches us to value human dignity as paramount – something that goes in-line with the BIMTECH Vision as well. He also congratulated Majlis, the Debate and Theatre Society of BIMTECH , for organising this event successfully.
The team earned an enthralling audience response. Shocked silence, quiet sobs and passionate claps amid occasional chuckles ended into a standing ovation. Dr. H. Chaturvedi, the Director of BIMTECH assured that the ties between ASMITA and BIMTECH will remain established in future for more successful events. Mr. Rajeev Sharma, General Manager Sales, Toyota Kirloskar; Dr. Anupam Varma, Deputy Director; Prof.K.C. Arora, Registrar; and Prof.Chari, Chief Proctor ; presented mementos to Mr. Arvind Gaur and his team of outstanding artists.
Along with students and faculty members, the play was watched by alumni, foreign exchange program students from BEM, France and other guests.