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16 Feb, 2013

Woman Power Highlighted at Kumbh Mela Sound & Light Show


Allahabad, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, 15-February, 2013 — As part of its innovative programming, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting through its Media Unit, Song & Drama Division, conducted a 14 day long Mega Sound & Light based on the “Jamunia” theme at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

The programme was suitably adapted to cater to the ambience of the Mela. For the first time, the Jamunia Sound and Light show was adapted into a Nukkad Natak/Street Play titled “Jamunia – Akanksha Ubharate Bharat Ki”.  The show depicts the story of trial and tribulation of a village woman who rises from deprivation and poverty to that of a local leader ultimately becoming sarpanch of a village taking advantage of various flagship programmes and rights including Right to Information and Right to Education of the Central Government.

The Nukkad Natak drew spontaneous response from the crowd and was enacted during the day time near the Kumbh Mela venue at Allahabad on several days. The Nukkad Natak adaptations which was for a duration of 45 minutes appealed to lakhs of visitors as it was conducted at the Kumbh Mela premises. This initiative was able to woo crowds towards the main presentation “Jamunia – Tasveer Badalte Bharat ki” which was put up at the Company Bagh Grounds at Allahabad, slightly away from the main Kumbh Mela venue during the evenings. Around 150 artistes participated in the show. The main programme was for a total duration of 2hrs 20 minutes.

Launched in 2010, Jamunia Sound & Light show has traversed the length and breadth of the country spanning across Rajkot, Netrang, Porbandar, Panna, Amravati, Sikar, Haridwar, Raibareilly and Amethi amongst others.

The Jamunia Sound and Light show has already been adopted into major Indian Languages including Punjabi, Gujarati, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Kannada, Telugu, Malyalama etc. and is ready to be show-cased at different parts of the country.