Nora walks out

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A day after watching on TV the drama of anti-bill MPs in the Indian parliament disrupting the proceedings by snatching the Women’s Reservation Bill from the house chair and tearing it into pieces on International Women’s Day, I watched a drama, as in a theatre, in an auditorium not very far from Parliament House in Delhi. (More about this here.) In the drama Putaliko Ghar (Doll’s House), director Sunil Pokharel’s Nepali adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s creation, the protagonist finally discovers herself and walks out of the home stunning her man. A piercing message that women are no more men’s dolls, and that they have to live for themselves rather than for their men, comes out from the drama.

South Asian societies have a long way to go to see a real Nora in action, but it is because of these dramas and people like Pokharel and the actors that society is becoming more aware about the rights of all kinds, including women’s. The beautiful performance by Nisha Sharma Pokharel, Shekhar Chapagain, Aruna Karki, Bashanta Bhatta and Rajkumar Pudashaini won the hearts of the audience largely made up of Nepali citizens and Nepali Indians in Delhi. The drama was staged as part of the South Asian Women’s Theatre Festival in which many other creations with women-centric themes were performed. (Pics by DK)

putaliko ghar

Nisha Sharma (l) and Rajkumar Pudashaini as Dr. Rana

7 thoughts on “Nora walks out

  1. k

    Putali ko ghar was my first Gurukul drama…the first theater drama in fact and i loved every bit of it. Nisha Sharma’s superb hai and she’s so beautiful too. I simply loved the first pic here.


    1. Dinesh Wagle Post author

      And I had to come to Delhi to see this drama for the first time though it’s been staged probably a million times in Kathmandu! Loved the performance. Yes, the photo is great too 😀


  2. jampadechen

    Well educational theatre kept some revolutionaries and good people alive in Latin- America the cultural movement being linked to education so all of us poets, writers, and so on covered the theatre.

    Because nepalese are artistic and have many emotions the theatre is very healing.

    Also in a situation where you cannot say things art does it look China you can still make a painting. Basically this is what we always did in any revolution hidden messages…and let them be of hope and sprintime, new beginnings!

    If Bollywood could sponsor us some self made entertainment that would be a great contribution to PEACE>


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