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Gujarati version of ‘Jamunia’ premieres in Netrang; draws huge crowds and applause,Five day Bharat Nirman Lok Mahiti Utsav gets underway

Netrang, Dt. Bharuch, GJ / September 25, 2012

 

The Gujarati version of ‘Jamaunia’ – the story of a woman with a steely resolve to fight for her rights, presenting a picture of changing India, premiered in Netrang town of Bharuch district last night, drawing huge crowds. The sound and light mega stage show, presented by the Song & Drama Division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, featured over 125 artistes and approximately 100 technical support staff.

 
As the night dawned, the residents of Netrang began to assemble in front of the massive open air stage built on the Ankleshwar Road ground. The stage show, began with the traditional lighting of the ‘Jamunia Chetana Mashaal’ signifying the burning desire to fight for one’s right.
 
Jamunia, is the story of a destitute woman, who is forcibly separated by her young son and thrown out of her village following the death of her husband.  Never used to giving up in life, Jamunia takes shelter in another village, where she learns to read and write and learns about the travails of our country, through a supportive school master. Education becomes the tool of her empowerment. What unfolds is the story of an assertive of women, who fights against the evil forces plaguing the society and dedicates her life for the betterment of her adopted village.
 
With women far out numbering men, Jamunia drew huge rounds of applause, whenever she stood up against the wrongs.  Powerful dialogues, interplay of sound and light mesmerized the audience.
 
Conceptualized by D J Narain, himself a performing artiste and an officer of the Indian Information Service, ‘Jamunia’ is an attempt to create awareness about various schemes introduced by Government of India for the welfare of aam admi.  It touches upon the role played by MGNREGA in halting rural migration, improvement in rural health through the National Rural Health Mission, provision of inexpensive housing for the rural poor through Indira Awaas Yojana, universalization of education through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, adult education through Sakshar Bharat, empowerment of citizens through the powerful tool of Right To Information Act., etc. All these messages delivered through the medium of wholesome entertainment. It is a powerful dance-drama that begins with a mission to create awareness and culminates in awakening, through the medium of the lead character Jamunia, ably played by Ms. Upadhi Singh, a staff artiste of the Song & Drama Division.

Bharat Nirman Lok Mahiti Utsav
The two hour long drama was staged as  part of the five day Bharat Nirman Lok Mahiti Utsav (Public Information Campaign) being held at Netrang from  September 24-28.
 
Earlier during the day, the Public Information Campaign was inaugurated by Shri Iqbalbhai Patel, Chief Whip of the Congress in Gujarat Legislative Assembly and Shri Amarsinh Vasava, MLA, Dediyapada Vidhan Sabha constituency. Shri Iqbal Patel, in his address stressed on the need to create awareness about various central schemes, especially in tribal dominated blocks, like Netrang and surrounding areas. Shri Amarsinh Vasava, presenting local statistics about the number of MNREGA job cards issued and the actual spending on disbursal of wages, lamented that enough employment is being given to the rural poor in his constituency. Later, Shri Iqbalbhai Patel also inaugurated the 60 panel Bharat Nirman Photo Exhibition, put up by DAVP, which explains salient features of various schemes and projects some of the success stories.
 
The five day Bharat Nirman Lok Mahiti Utsav attempts to create awareness about various developmental schemes through talk shows, panel discussions, quiz etc. The topic of rural self employment was dealt in detail on Day 1, with NABARD expert speaker Shri Sunil Jaggi giving demonstrative lecture on creation of farmers’ clubs, self-help groups etc.  Bharat Nirman rural infrastructure programme, rural health, women empowerment, opportunities for minority communities, tribal welfare and rights, opportunities for youth, right to information, etc. will be dealt during subsequent sessions.
 
Public Information Campaign is a unique multi-media communication strategy followed by the media units of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting to create awareness about welfare schemes formulated by the Centre. The addition  of Jamunia has made the communication process more potent.  More than 100 Public Information Campaigns are organized across the country every year.
 

PIB Release/Manish Desai/ Netrang, GJ

 
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