- a soothing visual treat
October 23, 2005
and drama filled the hearts of New Jerseys art lovers, as Shubanjali School
of Performing Arts, carried them into a magical experience for 3 hours
to experience the history behind Chaula Devi, the story of a 14th century
temple dancer of the Somnath temple.
such lover of art who wrote about the golden Solanki period and its memorable
history was Shri Gaurishankar Joshi, popularly known as Shri Dhoomkethu.
True to his name meaning comet, each of his historical works zoomed through
many hearts and made him a famous writer of Gujarathi literature.
Dhinubhai Dave was inspired to write the screenplay in a theatric form and his dream of staging this 3 hour huge historical production was successfully met on the 15th of October at the Union County Arts center, Rahway, New Jersey, by the Shubanjali school of Performing Arts and its founder-director Suba Ramesh Parmar who fit the role of Chaula Devi with a vivacity that goes beyond mere technique.
Under the able
direction of Dinubhai Dave's daughter, the respected educationist Dr. Vandana
Jani, about 800 people were taken on a time machine to witness the glory
of Gujarat, with magnificent stage sets, gorgeous costumes depicting the
royal period, numerous dancers well trained by Suba Parmar and several
aspirants of acting doing an experienced job like professionals.
Be it the lively music by a team of adept musicians or the portrayal of
all nine emotions or navarasas in one scene after another, with love for
the land depicting veera rasa, the King's wrath against his overpowering
minister depicting raudhra, the funny watchman Lundraj contributing to
hasya, the ferocious kapalik bringing beebatsa, the King's love for Chaula
symbolising sringara and so forth, a whole gamut of sentiments with enjoyable
variety satisfied all human senses.