KATRA, OCT 11: The most befitting show, the ultimate attraction of Navratra Festival-2018 ‘Mata Ki Kahani’ opened here this evening at the open-air theatre, Railway Station Katra. Conceptualised, devised, designed and directed by Padamshree Balwant Thakur, this mega-musical theatre presentation of Natrang Jammu mesmerized the jam-packed audiences which largely included the devotees of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
Prasanna Ramaswamy G, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi was the chief guest on the occasion whereas Nisha Nathyal, Senior Superintendent of Police, Reasi was the special guest on the occasion.
Balwant Thakur once again established the fact that his magic spell will continue to mesmerize audiences through his mind-blowing ventures. ‘Mata Ki Kahani’ – a unique theatrical experience for the audience, beautifully showcased the popular legend of Mata Vaishno Devi. Magically it transported the entire audience to a mesmerizing journey unfolding the story of Mata Vaishno Devi which is a classic narrative that echoes every Hindu household and is a part of every grandma’s midnight tale. As per the legend, during the period when the Goddess was busy in annihilating the Asuras, Her three main manifestations viz Mata Maha Kali, Mata Maha Lakshmi and Mata Maha Saraswati got together one day and pooled their collective Tejas or spiritual strength. Mata Vaishno Devi is worshiped by millions and trillions of people across the world. In the present times, when the atrocities against the mankind is prevailing, the legend of Mata Vaishno Devi gives a guiding light to her followers to help her devotees to uphold inner confidence and faith within themselves and on the strength of her healing and cosmic powers.
The most striking feature of today’s performance was the demonstration of perfection in every creative department be it the stage action, design, lighting, scenic imagery and visual poetry which left a life-time impact of a highly vibrant presentation. Mounted by over 70 artists, technicians, designers and creative people, this is perhaps the first ever theatre show which was witnessed by the audience at the holy town of Katra. Pan-India audience on the occasion appreciated the performance and termed this as their lives best memorable presentation which they desired to continue for the entire year so over one Crore pilgrims visiting Katra every year get benefited by such educative showcasing of artistic presentations. Majority of the audiences admitted that they were not fully aware of the whole story of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi and after having witnessed this mind-blowing presentation they have come to know about various aspects of the story. Prominent amongst those seventy contributors of creating this historical presentation include Anil Tickoo, Neeraj Kant, Surinder Manhas, Virji Sumbly, Mohd Yaseen, Shivam Singh, Suraj Ganjoo, Deepali Sharma, Vrinda Sharma, Vanshika Gupta, Gauri Thakur, Manoj Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Adesh Dhar, Akash Bhat and others.