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---Mohabbatein

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Performers---Durga Puja Related Experience

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I was surprised to see their smiles, the happiness in their faces made me stunned, I noticed it for consecutive three days and the question I was asking to myself…how they can. How is it possible?



The grandness with which Durga Puja is celebrated in West Bengal is beyond description, it does not only have religious impact but also have deep social and cultural impact. For any Bengali it’s really very pathetic if they can’t spend the Puja days with their family and closed ones, somehow we all manage to do so. The most beautiful festive time we spend with our family, relatives and with friends and colony members, especially sitting in the Puja Pandal discussing on random topics has an indescribable charm. Those who are unable to manage time for not getting leave from their jobs regret for missing all these.
The truth is…Puja days without the family members, friends and closed ones are really very torturing.


One of the most interesting activities are…the fire crackers, though this can be seen among the kids mostly but elders are not behind them, they also enjoy cracking different patakas and involve themselves at least for one day with their children or with the elder ones.



Durga Puja without Dhak(a musical instrument) is beyond imagination, rather when the Puja days knock at the door that time in different banners and now a days in whatsapp and facebook messages we make aware each other with the pictures of the Dhakis(those who plays Dhak) with the idol of Maa Durga. The sound of Dhak plays a very vital role in Durga Puja, the sound works as a signal also, like…when someone in their house which is not so closed to Puja Mandap then listening the sound of Dhak they realize that Puja has started and they quickly complete their dress up and Puja arrangements and reach the mandap.


Dhak


 
Dhaki



But what about the Dhakis?...staying far away from their houses and family members for consecutive five days they perform their duties in different Mandaps, without their presence the Puja will lose it’s charm, they can’t spend time with family members, they don’t have fun time during puja days, they don’t have the opportunity to enjoy as we all do. Their contribution to Durga Puja will remain with its glory and pride.


Durga Puja starts with “Bodhon” that takes place in the day of Sashthi and the Dhakis has to be present there to play the Dhak, this is the time their journey with responsibility starts, except the Puja times they spend time sitting in the Pandals observing the activities of others…they don’t get enough time to visit other Pandlas to see the idols.

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Sandhyarati with Dhak.....

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I was noticing them from the day of Sasthi, their smiling faces  speaking out loudly that they are very happy to perform such activity and in the day of Navami I felt to talk to them about their life, the deadly part I have come to know is…their children are not interested to learn this art, now a days there are so many job opportunities, Govt. is helping the people offering different projects, so their children have involved themselves in those activities, there is nothing wrong in their decision but even as a part time job they are not interested to learn it, so logically may be after ten-twenty years it will be hard to find any Dhaki who will make us aware when the Puja will start, who will keep the charm of Puja playing Dhak during Puja time, may be that time we have to play the recordings.





Sunday, 8 October 2017

My Mom is My Enemy....Humour

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Yes, I am going through a very tough situation in my life, especially four months ago situations were beyond my control but now to some extent its under my control.


Yes, life becomes tougher when your Mom becomes your enemy, when she stands like a wall in front of you and your dream, that’s what started to happen from last six months. Not a single child expects such behavior from their parents but when it takes place it’s really very frustrating.


No, no, there is no love story here, I am not that kind of boys who plays with the girls in the name of love, my parents knows full well that if I fall in love then will surely end up with marriage, rather it’s better to say my parents has not taught me cheating and ditching.


So what’s the problem?



Mom as Villain


When I am outstation I keep my room locked, so there is no chance that anyone can enter in my room in absence of me, even I keep the duplicate key with me coz I don’t compromise with my privacy.
But my Mom has found another way…when I am in my town and visit the nearby shop or mini market she enters into my room with the broom and cleans the cob webs in between five to ten minutes.


My Dream


One day I will open the door of my room and will see that the room is half filled with black cob webs, I have to make a tunnel removing the cobwebs to reach my bed and another tunnel have to create to reach the window, except these two tunnels the room will be covered with cobwebs from the ceiling and walls.


Six months ago, when some cobwebs covered the ceiling that time one day suddenly Mom noticed it and cleaned the room ignoring my request.


When in absence of me she cleaned my room three four times then I have started to lock the room even when I visit the nearby shop.
To fulfill my dream one of my students has helped me giving me a valuable suggestion…that day he visited my house to meet me and seeing the cobwebs asked me the reason for such uncleanliness and I informed him about my dream, then he suggested…
 
“To fill the room with cobwebs and to accelerate the process you have to stop cleaning the floor of the room, if the dust vanishes then how the cobweb will catch them?”



Now I am much ahead towards my dream, you can see it in the pictures….




Before you start to think I have become Psycho for some reason then I must inform you that for such dream a kid and my Dad are responsible…


During my childhood days my Dad used to tell me a story (he made it for me), the story is….


One day Jim Corbet lost in the jungle during night after the hunting, he was finding a way out and that time noticed a three storied building in the jungle, he noticed a ray of light in the second floor but when he entered in the ground floor the big room was filled with cobwebs, he had to remove those to make a way…..

 
Then the stories continued with its own flow, I have listened this story more than three hundred times because it was my favorite and during child hood days my cousin brothers and sisters used to listen it from me specially for the sound of horse steps that I used to make with my tongue, I have narrated this story to them for more than hundred times.


Six months ago a kid, age around six years when asked me to tell her a story, which is scary but does not contain any ghost then this story knocked into my mind after long years and I narrated to her, she liked it a lot.


From that time my this new dream started to knock into my mind, logically it’s almost impossible that I will be lost in the jungle and will find a old house and will go through some adventurous experiences then why not make my room scary?



Thursday, 28 September 2017

My Experience, Identity and Award

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Experience:


What I have found the best quality in my colony members, especially in my co-actors is…they did not misunderstood my introvert nature as my self-conceit, as I have mentioned in my earlier post My Blood Cancer, Wife, Teacher and "The Journey"  that I am living in this colony from past five years but no interactions happened with any of the colony members except my next door neighbors, so in this social status when I expressed my interest to take part in the drama which has been organized as an event for Durga Puja, they accepted me gladly and their behaviors made me surprised….from the beginning they all are very friendly, helpful nature and interacting me as I am their old friend, this is really an unforgettable experience of my life, they are educated, matured and capable enough to understand the nature of a human being.



In last four years I have rarely visited the puja mandap but this year not only I have got interest to spend time there for their friendly behavior rather when I am absent they are calling me to be present there.


So this year’s Durga Puja is gonaa very much different than earlier four years, today is the day of Saptami and now it’s over, still three days remained and lots of cultural programs gonna take place.

Here are some glimpses of “Dola aante jawa”















Identity:


 I have got a new identity in this colony…my co-actors has remembered me as Madhu (the name of the character I have played), as they have become familiar with my name very recent(during rehearsal) so most of them have forgot my name, on the other hand they were seeing me as Madhu during rehearsal so they have remembered me as Madhu, some interesting incidents related to this is…10the sept was the date for our first full rehearsal from 8PM, that day morning I had to call some of my co-actors for some queries, when they picked up my call and I said

…Its Jyotirmoy

The reply was

…sorry, who is this, I can’t recognize

Then I said

…its Madhu

And the reply was with glad voice

…Hey Madhu,whats up?

This is how the conversation started when I called three others.

Awards:


The drama about which I have shared in my earlier post has taken place during the day of Sasthi(Durga Puja) and the best award I have received is…not only the co-actors now other colony members are also calling me as Madhu and most importantly the children of my colony has started to call me “Madhu Dada” or “Madhu Uncle”…there can be no best awards than this when you play a role and capable enough to leave a deep impact in the viewers.
Here are some pictures when we gathered in the stage before the play after the make up…






from the left...Asomoy (A Mad),    Madhu(The protagonist),    Bijon (The Main Villain),   Sujon(The Hero),   Teja(Right Hand of Bijon, a goon),   Rakesh (Assistant of Bijon)


I am busy in Durga Puja so it will not be possible to read your posts everyday coz I have to take some responsibilities here regarding the cultural programs but it also truth that I am feeling very uneasy as its not being possible to read your posts because I am addicted to your writings my dear bloggers, each day of my life starts with your writing, photography and other posts.

Monday, 25 September 2017

My Blood Cancer, Wife, Teacher and "The Journey"

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Some unexpected incidents are happening in my life; all these happened so suddenly that when I figured out…everything came to an end…


1) I have got married, yes, it has happened all on a sudden, there was no planning for it, actually what happened is…


My bosom friend Gaurav’s sister Sokhi is in love with Sujan from last few years, the date of their marriage has been fixed…in the day of marriage when we all were waiting for the groom then almost at the last moment we came to know that groom is not coming, it is a common notion in India that if a girl doesn’t get married at the fixed moment in the day of marriage then she is considered as “Lagnabhrasta” and nobody wants to get married with her. So Sokhi and all her family member were very upset, they became hopeless, Sokhi attempted suicide also. I was there, attended the marriage, seeing the situation being critical I asked Gaurav’s parents that if they wish then I can marry Sokhi….this is how the marriage happened.



Here I must inform you that Sokhi’s beloved Sujan is not a bad guy or a cheater, the entire game was planned by his elder brother Bijon, who is the head of the Panchayet and a satanic minded person; he has lots of illegal business like false currency press, smuggling etc.  when he came to know about the relationship between Sujan and Sokhi he did not make any protest rather agreed for their marriage but at the end he played a nice trick and sent Sujan abroad just before few days of marriage.


2) Another incident that has happened in my life is….


 I am suffering from blood cancer, few days left in my life.



3) Not only these two rather there happened one more interesting incident in my life…


It’s been long five years we have shifted in our own house in this colony, in last five years a good relationship has built up only with the two next door elder brother except this I have never talked or any interaction has happened with any other colony members, this is my social status in this colony, though my family members are involved in many social and cultural activities with the colony members but I never did, so it happened almost two months ago when I first time talked with a middle aged person...the conversation started like this….i addressed him as …”you son of a bitch” and then continued expressing my anger.



4) During my childhood days I used to think seeing my teachers and elder ones…how do they spend evening time with friends? What type of discussions they like to do? Their appearances must be different when they are with their friends…I was very eager to know all these and now I have got the answers.


By the way, have you ever seen that the teachers, engineers and other such workers are remembering the notes just like we used to remember history and geography…holding the notes and the books we used to remember the answers of questions of different subjects repeating the sentences and sometime moving our body front and back side with a rhythm…I have experienced all these and can show you.



I think this post is being too much dramatic…you also feeling the same…I know.



Ok, let me confess…the upper mentioned three incidents are not the truths except point 4 and my introvert nature I have described in the point 3. 


Actually what happened is…in the month of August when my dad attended the meeting in the colony for Durga Puja purpose then after returning back home he informed that a Jatra has been arranged by the colony members and will be staged in the day of Sasthi(26th Sept), the characters will be played by the colony members, so my dad and mom asked me to take part.



I informed one of the colony members about my interest and attended the rehearsal in the second day, the director decided the characters those will suit with age, looks and appearance (as much as possible), I received the Xerox copy of my dialogues, the name of the character I am playing is…Madhu, a 29 years old boy, gentle, helpful and have immense protesting nature.


Bijon(Played by an engineer of my colony) is the main villain…my first scene starts with Bijon when I am protesting his nasty activity and the dialogue starts with…”you son of a bitch”.


The character of Sujan is played by a Bengali teacher from my colony.


Sokhi and other two female characters have been hired, they are professional theater actresses.


An established businessman will play the role of Gaurav, sokhi’s elder brother.


The role of Sokhi, Sourav and Gourav’s father will be played by one of the most popular and famous theater actors of Bengal, presently an inhabitant of our colony and a retired person; he was an officer of Food Corporation of India (Next post will be about him).


There are total fourteen male characters in this drama and all will be played by our colony members including me. We all are armature but except me everyone has the experience of acting in theater.
The toughest part is…the girl who will play the role of Sokhi is one of the top actresses and has five years of acting experience as a professional artist, this one has also a positive side…if by chance any of us make any mistake in taking position in the stage in any scene then they will make it correct without disturbing the scene.
Yesterday was our last day of rehearsal, a sixty days (almost) of journey has ended yesterday.



I am blessed enough for performing under the guidance of such a great actor cum director,have learnt lots of things about and related to acting.


Here are some pictures of our rehearsal….

(Pictures are not very clear coz these have been taken from video)
With Our Director

 
Teachers and Engineers remembering their notes....i mean the dialogues

 
Main Villain Upon The rostrum 


Warning the villain and His chamcha
About to hit another villain


My Marriage Scene, holding the hand of my would be wife(professional actor as proxy)

Waiting to enter

Exam is knocking at the door, have to remember the answers
 
Sujan madly searching Sokhi




In Death bed
I am Dead


So this was "The Journey"....Jatra 

To read about Jatra...The Journey you can click the given link