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When Delhi-based theater group took Shoolini on an emotional ride

Thursday night was special for students and faculty of Shoolini University as the acting prowess of Delhi-based theatre group, Sukhmanch was on full display at the screening of ‘Court Martial’. Popular Indian playwright Swadesh Deepak has penned the play with the design.The direction is by famous theatre personality Shilpi Marwaha. Among the attendees was the Solan Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar, who was also the chief guest on the occasion.

Court Martial is a famous play on caste divide published in the year 1991. The story deals with a lower caste army jawan Ram Chander, who is facing trial for murdering one of his officers and injuring another, all belonging to an upper caste.

There was tremendous excitement among the students who filled the open-air theatre and the adjoining lawns hours before the scheduled timing. The 27-member Sukhmanch team displayed a vast array of human emotions through their performance, which struck a chord with the predominately-young crowd. The artists received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the play. The chief guest also honored the whole team.

Swadesh Deepak is a popular Indian playwright, novelist and short story writer. Deepak has been active on the Hindi literary scene since the mid-1960s and his work has appeared in all major literary periodicals of India. He has over 15 published titles to his credit. Several of his works have been staged and made into TV programmes.

About Shilpi Marwaha

Shilpi is one of the well-known names in the Delhi theatre circles. She is considered as a firebrand theatre activist who gained prominence for her social activism through street plays, especially during anti-corruption movements and the horrific rape case in Delhi. Her theatre group Sukhmanch was created in memory of her late mother and her endeavour to promote theatrical art. Some of their main performances have been Dastak, A Woman Alone and Ramkali