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Play on Veer Savarkar to be staged across Goa


A Marathi drama titled ‘Hey Mrutunjay’, depicting the valor and determination of freedom fighter and rooted civilisation scholar ‘Swatantryaveer Savarkar’ despite the hardship and exploitation by Britishers will be staged across Goa from July 8 to July 15. It is organised by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa in collaboration with Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak, Mumbai.

The play will be staged on July 8 at Ravindra Bhavan, Sanquelim; on July 9 at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda; on July 10 at Ravindra Bhavan, Vasco; on July 11 at Ravindra Bhavan, Curchorem; on July 13 at Ravindra Bhavan Margao, and on July 15 at Hanuman Natygrah, Mapusa. There will be two shows daily – one in the morning for the students, and in the evening for the general public.

One of the trustees of Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak, Sunil Walavalkar says that the drama is all about Swatantryaveer Savarkar at Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.“Savarkar was sentenced to fifty years in prison at Cellular Jail; however, he spent eleven years there. During this time, British government ill-treated prisoners to such an extent that many prisoners were tempted to commit suicide or somehow get out of the jail. In the drama we show how Savarkar and other freedom fighters fought to the death and came out,” he says.

The whole idea of staging this drama is so that youngsters know the value of Independence, he adds.

Books about Savarkar will also be distributed to most of libraries, colleges across Goa. They are also planning to stage the play in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of India.
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