Penned by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892, the story finds its audience till date.
With few changes like the addition of our dear clown characters and a clown world brought the fun element to the story. Adapting the bengali songs from the film 'Kabuliwala' and music composed by the team, we gave it a musical treatment.
It was quite an engaging journey where the students were involved in every bit of the action, from designing the props and decorations, doing the running around coordinating the rehearsals, operating the music and assisting the directors..
The story Kabuliwala, is an invitation for all of us to find our faith once again in friendship and love. It is also a reminder for adults that the relationship between a child and an adult is very valuable and can be humble and playful.
It was the beautiful relationship between Rehmat, the Kabuliwala and Mini, a five year old girl that drew me towards this story. Rabindranath Tagore has so beautifully shaped this friendship and through his story, pulls so many strings in your heart that it leaves you transformed.
As a facilitator, it is very important for me to see children as intelligent beings with an innate wisdom of being. This is the reason why the students were also involved in the finer details of putting up a theatre production. Apart from the cast, some students were given roles of being assistant directors, producers and designers. They were a big help for me in coordinating, rehearsing and running around. They were resilient, even when they had to bear the brunt of others’ mistake.
We have taken some liberties with the story and added some extra characters like the gypsies of Afghanistan and mini’s clown imaginary friends to add more layers and depth to the context of the storytelling. The imaginary friends, for example, signify Mini’s playful character but also her loneliness as the adults in her life were not always available or willing to listen to her wild imagination and unlimited curiosity.