Published: January 18, 2020 12:15:51 am
Society, politics, historical past, mythology… the whole lot is towards the girl. And its repercussions are for all to see and really feel in these instances, because the circumstances and incidents of rape, sexual harassment towards girls, have seen a painful and alarming enhance. As a author and theatre director, the stage is my area for protest, exhibiting the true image and questioning the established order, which I’ve tried to do in my new play,” says Sahib Singh, about his new play Vagina Talks.
Singh is the director of Adakar Manch, Mohali, and his performs are recognized to increase points and issues of in the present day. He believes that artists can create change and make a distinction, nonetheless small. Vagina Talks has emerged from many reflections and inside negotiations. “If we didn’t believe, there would be no change. We have to start somewhere and I decided to begin dialogues on gender, sexuality, violence, and patriarchy through something hard-hitting, which is a new effort in Punjabi theatre,” says Singh.
For Vagina Talks, Singh attracts references from our historical past, mythology and fashionable society to query the notions of patriarchy, domination of males and an unequal area that’s given to a lady. “In Mahabharata, Draupadi is looked at as the reason or culprit behind the war while Sita’s crossing of the laxman rekha was the most important step towards an individual decision. Right or wrong, it was a decision. But we never look or understand their side. Here and now, be it the heinous Delhi rape case, little girls being raped and murdered, the more recent case of Hyderabad-based veterinary doctor, who was raped and burnt, as a society we are going backwards, with feudal culture and regressive thought processes surrounding us. This play strives to talk of these issues, with honesty, boldness and clarity. How long will we keep pushing things under the carpet and not question,” displays Singh.
The play, which is in Punjabi, has songs by Paul Kaur and poetry by Simran Aks, with Raza Heer singing reside whereas the music has been composed by Atul and Sarang Sharma. The title of the play comes from Singh’s philosophy that the vagina is an organ, neither is it sacred neither is it only a reproductive organ. “When we treat it like a machine and not part of the human body, we disrespect it and that’s when the inequality is created”, he says. Moments of intimacy, says Singh, are pious, and the consent of each a person and a lady to be collectively is paramount. “Friendship between a man and a woman is integral and the change should begin from home, where boys and girls are encouraged to talk, share and respect each other as individuals, where every point of view is respected and there is room for a dialogue, not a monologue. Why must a man be an owner of anyone, why must there be a power game, it’s the mind and not the body which should make decisions,” he says.
Singh provides that it’s a delicate play, one which he hopes to travel with. His daughter Mallika is within the lead function. It is a solo efficiency by the 23 yr previous, who’s a advantageous arts graduate from Delhi College of Art and has been doing theatre along with her father for a few years now. “The play is based on the ideology of our group, something we all believe in. We are saying something important, valuable, and with responsibility,” says Singh.
He says that the concept of getting his daughter play this function was to emphasise on the purpose that we’d like to have open conversations and never apprehensions. “If I as a father can have this conversation with my daughter, who has been brought up as an individual, why can’t you? We discussed the many dimensions and layers of the production through discussions and I am very happy with how sensitively and powerfully she has been able to bring the idea to life. This is the time to build trust, shape the future of our children with strong principles and grow together,” says Singh.