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Satire & music for a cause
- Theatre artiste Lushin takes on child mortality on stage

Patna, Aug. 29: Theatre lovers with a conscience would do well to be present at Rabindra Bhavan on the evening of September 3.

Renowned theatre personality Lushin Dubey would be in the city to address the problem of child mortality through her solo play titled I will not cry.

“The play would highlight the issue of child deaths in India. Through satire and musical excerpts, the play will bring alive the sad truth of millions of unnecessary deaths of children in our country. It hopes to evoke our collective responsibility as a nation and a society to act together,” said Lushin.

The play has already been performed in Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Jaipur. It’s now Patna’s turn to host the artiste. The play has been produced by NGO Save the Children and is directed by Arvind Gaur. The play is in support of the NGOs global campaign to reduce child mortality in India and around the world.

When The Telegraph asked her the reason for staging the play in Bihar, Lushin said: “It’s not only about Bihar. The issue of child mortality in India is matter of concern in every state. That’s the reason we are going from one city to another — to raise awareness and inspire action among the audience. Bihar is just one of the states.”

Her major directed plays are Life of Gautama Buddha and Muskaan. She acted with Alyque Padamsee in William Shakespeare's Macbeth playing the role of Lady Macbeth. Recently, she directed Salam India, a play inspired by diplomat writer Pavan K. Varma ’s book, Being Indian.

In 1999 she co-produced Othello, playing the role of Desdemona, which went on to win the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2002, she produced and directed Life of Gautama Buddha, along with her actress cousin Bubbles Sabharwal, travelling with it to Bodhgaya, Singapore and USA.

Lushin and Arvind had teamed up twice earlier to churn out productions like Untitled and Bitter Chocolate, both of which dealt with social issues like plight of women across borders and child abuse.

“The objective of the play is not just to stir and sensitise the audience about the shocking and shameful number of child deaths in our country. It is also to alert them to introspect on their social responsibility,” said Arvind.

He said: “Child deaths in India are at an alarming stage. India has unofficially become the world’s child death capital. Over 5,000 children die in the country everyday owing to diarrhoea, pneumonia and birth-related complications. Every 20 seconds, a kid is dying and over four lakh newborns die within the first 24 hours of birth every year, which is the highest anywhere in the world.”


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