On 19 February 2019, thanks to my husband Sukhangshu, a theater artist, I got the chance to watch the much-acclaimed play ‘Gauhar’ at Delhi’s Kamani Auditorium in spite of a tight work schedule.
Rajeshwari Sachdev played the lead role of Gauhar to great perfection with her flawless singing, acting, dancing, and her stunning looks. She was Gauhar, the feisty, versatile artist, and Gauhar was Rajeshwari…
The other actors, such as Zila Khan with her superb rendition of Thumris, were amazing too, but the reason why I am making a special mention here about Rajeshwari is that she is one of those God’s special creations who have so many talents which you would rarely find in one single individual. I have seen her perform in various films, serials, and the song-dance video Hule-hulare-hule-hule-hule), but this particular play Gauhar, I think, tapped her full potential and brought out her best. She shone like a diamond!
Zila Khan, who is Pandit Vilayat Khan’s daughter, played as the older Gauhar. Her style of classical singing was a lovely treat and in the end, we were told by the Director Lilette Dubey that she sang so beautifully in spite of a sore throat and fever.
The play, as expected, ended with a standing ovation and I came home, feeling absolutely thrilled.
I wonder why Bollywood doesn’t tap the skills of these talented theater people more often instead of dishing out scores of meaningless, inane films. We deserve better, don’t we?
Here are some more pics.
At the end of the play, Lillette Dubey did the introductions…