In a historic moment that left audiences awestruck, the Shekhawati Sahitya Sangam witnessed the first-ever theatrical adaptation of the legendary ‘Diver Yudh Vijay,’ depicting the valorous victory of Maharana Pratap at the Battle of Diver. This remarkable theatrical presentation unfolded on September 30th, marking a pivotal moment in the annals of Indian cultural heritage.
The Shekhawati Sahitya Sangam, renowned for celebrating and promoting literature, art, and culture, has been a platform that cherishes the rich historical tapestry of India. In its fourth edition this year, the festival continued its tradition of commemorating significant events from the past.
Directed by the accomplished Deepak Bhardwaj, the play ‘Diver Yudh Vijay’ was brought to life by the talented Youth Tarang Sanskrit Drama Group from Jaipur. This theatrical production aimed to capture the essence of the Battle of Diver, a momentous chapter in Indian history that symbolizes courage, sacrifice, and unwavering determination.
Abhimanyu Singh, the convener of the Shekhawati Sahitya Sangam, highlighted the importance of such historical dramas in fostering a sense of national pride and awakening the spirit of victory, especially among the youth. The Battle of Diver is not merely a historical event but a source of immense pride for India, commemorated through a grand victory memorial.
Dr. Nekiram, the coordinator of the evening programs at Sahitya Sangam, underscored the gripping scenes that served as the centerpiece of the play. These scenes included Maharana Pratap’s fierce combat with Bahlol Khan, the young Prince Amar Singh’s daring confrontation with Sultan Khan at the tender age of 14, and the poignant moment of tearing apart the horse. The production received extensive support from the community, including contributions from tribes and Bhamashah’s dedication of his entire wealth for the motherland.
The cast of artists, led by co-director Sandeep, showcased their talent and dedication in bringing this historical drama to life. The play drew audiences from far and wide, who could obtain tickets through various counters and registration desks across the city.
The Shekhawati Sahitya Sangam also featured thought-provoking sessions where speakers shared their insights. Discussions ranged from the interpretation of the Indian Constitution and India’s identity to civil etiquette and the role of Hinduism in contemporary society.
Lakshminarayan Bhala, Hiren Joshi, Indushekhar Tatpurush, and others delved into topics such as the misuse of the term ‘secular,’ the significance of the word ‘Bharat,’ and the persistent influence of English in India. These discussions shed light on the complexities of India’s cultural and constitutional identity.
In another enlightening discussion, Major Poonia engaged with the youth in a ‘Dialogue with Youth’ session, encouraging them to explore their perspectives and aspirations.
One of the highlights of the event was the presence of Saint Shri Dr. Raghavacharya Ji Maharaj of Rewasa Dham, who emphasized the profound impact of literature on knowledge and the perils of ignorance.
In a soul-stirring devotional evening, Narsee, a renowned devotional rapper, captivated the audience with spiritual bhajans, igniting enthusiasm among the youth.
Additionally, a drama competition focused on environmental themes featured students from different schools in Sikar. Vardhaman Vidya Vihar Sikar clinched the first position, followed by MK Memorial and SA Pragya Bharti Shikshan Sansthan. Smt. Gulabi Devi Vidawatji Vidyalaya was awarded the consolation prize. The competition not only showcased the creative talent of students but also emphasized the importance of environmental awareness.
The Shekhawati Sahitya Sangam once again proved to be a platform where history, culture, literature, and art converge to inspire and enlighten. With the groundbreaking theatrical adaptation of ‘Diver Yudh Vijay,’ this year’s festival left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all those in attendance, fostering a deeper appreciation for India’s glorious past and its enduring traditions.