By Ashok Kumar
Sydney, August 19, 2018:
Andhi Daud (Blind Race) is a story of every migrant household in Australia. Yes, we all are running a blind race. There is freedom but constrained to have a free way. This is the struggle many a household are grappling with. This the tradition Indian Australians have brought with them when they migrated to Australia.
If the father is a doctor, his son should also be a doctor, a lawyer’s son will also be a lawyer, an engineer’s child an engineer. The blind race is still on and may continue till somebody realises the real freedom is also important for an individual to have his/her way. Now the families are seeking to reverse this trend even in India. But the Australian society gives preference to individual and not the tradition.
In contrast, there was Sachin Dev Burman, whose son Rahul Dev Burman developed interest in music and became a legend like his father, Kishore Kumar, the famous playback singer’s son Amit followed his father’s footsteps to become a singer. Lal Amarnath, India’s cricket captain made his three sons, Mohinder, Surrinder and Rajinder cricketers who brought laurels to Indian cricket. Rahul, Amit, Mohinder, Surrinder or Rajinder willfully followed their father without any pressure.
The problem starts with Indian Australians when they immigrate with baggage of traditions but refuse to change with times
Andhi Daud, a Vividha Arts, Canberra’s own Performing Arts Group’s presentation revolves around a group of Indian Australian families navigating through the complexities of living between the two worlds or thoughts. Jyotsna Jyoti, weaves a sweet plot to solve this dilemma faced by the Indian Diaspora in Australia and the world over.
All the committed actors played their roles superbly and did not give an impression that they are acting but showed the intensity of the problem as if they themselves were facing. There was sprinkling of lighter moments in the play with Sanjay (Anil George) showed the glimpses of a singing star who would sing his dialogues. His elder brother Vijay (Manish Raj) who was visiting Australia displayed the freedom he had given to his son to choose a career of his choice. The hosts face a peculiar problem with the mother, Rita (Malvika Thakur) insisting that her daughter, Ayushi (Tanvi Nangrani) follows her aunt Renu, to become a doctor whereas the daughter wants to be a journalist.
Jyotsana solves the dilemma with the famous song ” Papa kehte hain bada naam karega, beta hamara aisa kaam karega, magar yeh to koi na jaane ke meri manzil hai kahan” knitting all the thoughts together to forge a happy and musical ending.