Punjabi plays

Gursharan Singh wrote over two hundred drama scripts. Many of these were original plays, others were based on short stories, novels and even poems from contemporary writings. In 2010-11, writer and artistic director, Kewal Dhaliwal, published seven volumes of Gursharan Singh’s collected plays and released them in Chandigarh in the presence of Gursharan Singh. We discovered a few more scripts after the publication of these seven volumes. These will be brought out in another volume in the coming year. The seven volumes are being added with much gratitude to Kewal Dhaliwal, who is also a member of the Trust.

Gumangeri

Gursharan Singh's first stage play performed in Nangal with his wife in the lead character

Year : 1959

Company Rur Gayi

It’s a translation of an Englsih play, author unknown

Year : 1964

Muthi Bhar Chaul

About Bengal famine and based on Krishan Chander's story called Anndata

Year : 1966

Sada Virsa

Collage of cultural heritage of Punjab

Year : 1967

Agni

Based on O'Neil's play called Desire Under The Alms

Year : 1968

Gadar Di Gunj

A popular dance drama on the radical Ghadar movement born in 1913

Year : 1968

Ikk Kudi Ikk Beri

Based on Balwant Gargi''s play Kanak di balli. Balraj Sahni also played a role in one of t..More

Year : 1968

Bhagouti Di Shakti

A shorter version of the play Jin Sach Palle Hoye

Year : 1969

Planning

A satire on the concept of planning

Year : 1969

Eh Lahoo Kis Da Hai

Played thousand of times; based on Gurdial Singh Phul's play

Year : 1970

Inquilab De Rah Te

About Naxalite movement

Year : 1970

Mundu

Based on Navtej Singh's story

Year : 1970

Veeran Dharti Veeran Lok

Based on a spanish play Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell

Year : 1970

Ikk Maa Do Mulak

Based on Harsaran Singh's play called Ek Vichari Maa. It was about 1947 partition and play..More

Year : 1971

Koi Hariya Boot Rahio Ree

Based on Nanak Singh''s novel of the same name

Year : 1971

Laal Ji

Children play

Year : 1971

Hawai Gole

About the facade of debate in Parliament between ruling part and opposition

Year : 1972

Ikk Maa Ikk Bomb

Insprired by John Irwine's play The progress. On the day of the performance in the early 1..More

Year : 1972

Jado Roshni Hundi Hai

Inspired from Jean Paul Satre's play The Flies

Year : 1972

Maa

Based on Maxim Gorky's Mother

Year : 1972

Seeonk

About unemployment

Year : 1972

Guru Ladho Re

Based on sikh religion

Year : 1973

Neeotian Di Oat

Based on the story of Guru Tegh Bahadur's sacrifice

Year : 1973

18 Saal Baad

On Kashmir

Year : 1974

Parakh

About 1699 Baisakhi; when Guru Gobind Singh's amrit chhakna

Year : 1974

Purza Purza Kat Mare

Demonstrating the empathy of common people for political activists working for social chan..More

Year : 1974

Atma Bikau Hai

About men of conscience

Year : 1975

Kiv Kude Tutte Paal

Set in the turbulent period of early 1700 when Guru Gobind Singh's two sons were bricked a..More

Year : 1975

Sankat Hai Sankat Nahi Hai

This was written before Gursharan Singh was jailed. It is a political satire on emergency

Year : 1975

Band Kamre

Against Emergency of 1975

Year : 1976

Chandani Chowk

Aganst Emergency of 1975

Year : 1976

Inquilab Zindabad

About Bhagat Singh and his Left ideology

Year : 1976

Vidroh De Rah Te

This was about the Naxalite movement

Year : 1977

Dhamak Nagare Di

Based on Dhulla Bhatti uprising

Year : 1978

Jangi Ram Di Haveli

Written and played during Morarji Desai's period

Year : 1978

Mai Naxalbari Hain

Based on poetry by Pyara Singh Sahrai called Vaar

Year : 1978

Mitti Da Mull

Based on Om Prakash Gaso's novel. Story of a dalit ghumiar family.

Year : 1978

Sees Tali Te

About Babbar movement - the progressive movement in Punjab

Year : 1978

Tootan Wala Khuh

About 1947 and based on a Novel by Sohan Singh Sital

Year : 1978

Pirthi Tera Kaj Adhura

After Student leader Prithipal Randhawa's assassination

Year : 1979

Begam Pura Da Wasi

About Guru Ravidas

Year : 1980

Chann Chadeya

Based on a play by Lady Gregory called Rising of the Moon; the script was written on a bus..More

Year : 1981

Dhool Udd Di Rahi

Based on Balbir Singh's novel of the same name

Year : 1981

Jaimal Singh Urf Rabb Da Kutta

About 1947 and the leaders responsible for partition. Based on Krishan Chander's story of ..More

Year : 1981

Kehru Dass Numbri

About 1947; Based on Gurbax Singh Preetladi''s story

Year : 1981

Soorme Di Sirjana

Presentation of alternative people's history

Year : 1981

Hor Vee Uthsi Mard Ka Chela

How people's united action leads to restoring rights

Year : 1982

Meri Dharti Mere Lok

Based on Navtej Singh's story

Year : 1982

Ttatti Tavi

About Guru Arjan Dev

Year : 1982

Ahsas

Women's rights and citizenship

Year : 1983

Ikk Kursi Ikk Morcha Te Hawa Vich Latakde Lok

In response to crisis of conflict between state and communal forces in Punjab

Year : 1983

Lukk Vich Phasey Paer

Based on Mukhtar Singh's story of the same name

Year : 1983

Baba Bolda Hai

Written in response to anti-Sikh violence in Delhi and other cities following the assassin..More

Year : 1984

Sadharan Lok

Communalisation of politics during Punjab crisis

Year : 1984

Taamar Pattar

Based on a Hindi play by Debashish Majumdar

Year : 1984

Te Dev Purush Haar Gaye

Based on the work of rationalist thinker, Abraham Kovoor's work.

Year : 1984

Berozgar

This was performed on May Day in Ludhiana about unemployment and condition of casual labou..More

Year : 1985

Bhand Canada Aye

Political satire on the games Akali & Congress play in Punjab

Year : 1985

Chandigarh Puare Dee Jad

About Punjab cirises, on conflict over Punjab and Haryana's claims over the city of Chandi..More

Year : 1985

Curfew

On the impact of frequent curfews in Punjab on ordinary people lives

Year : 1985

Dharam Mamla Nijj Da

Year : 1985

Foujan

Inspired by the story of Roop Kanwar who committed 'sati' in 1987 in Rajasthan

Year : 1985

Ikkivi Sadi

Paradox of industrial automation call of Rajiv Gandhi and its impact on labour

Year : 1985

Mai Ugarvadi Nahi Hai

About making of a militant

Year : 1985

Tamasha E Hindostan

About the plights of common people and how the state departments treat common people.

Year : 1985

Tasveeran

Based on Mitr Sen Mir's story called Laam

Year : 1985

Bhangura

Perfromed in Gujrat after riots there, based on Krishan Chander's story

Year : 1986

Gareeb Lok

Based on Jagrup Singh Roop's story 'Panj Kaliyani

Year : 1986

Har Ikk Nu Jeen Da Haq Chahida Hai

A street play on human rights. As narrated by Kewal Dhaliwal, Bhaji’s lead actor during t..More

Year : 1986

Katha Kehar Singh Kisan Di

Based on novel by Bir Singh Nirvair called Sasta Lahu

Year : 1986

Kolaj Tera Na Punjab

About how people got divided on religious identities

Year : 1986

Natak Parbati Da

Sexual violence and political cover up

Year : 1986

Raat De Hanere Vich

Year : 1986

Tunda Hawaldar

Inspired by ‘Inkar’ Paash's poem where a‘Tunda Hawaldar’ is mentioned

Year : 1986

Vangaar

About Ghaddar movement, Bhagat Singh and Jang-e-azaadi movement

Year : 1986

Akhan

Inspired by the news of people donating eyes and misuse of such donations

Year : 1987

Comrade

Anniversay of a comrade; tribute to a slain comrade

Year : 1987

Dastan E Punjab

A political commentary on the communalisation of Punjab problem

Year : 1987

Ikko Mitti De Putt

Based on Ajit Singh Patto's story of the same name

Year : 1987

Kammian Da Vehra

About a rural dalit family seeking justice

Year : 1987

Nawa Janam

Based on Sarabjit's story about caste discrimination

Year : 1987

Nayak

Comment on generation conflict

Year : 1987

Raj Sahaban Da

When Punjab came under Governor's rule in 1986 and Siddhartha Shanker Ray assumed governor..More

Year : 1987

Darna

Against rape and silence of witnesses

Year : 1988

Kanta

Based on novel by Mitr Sain Meet called Tafteesh

Year : 1988

Khuh

About religious leaders

Year : 1988

Operation Chitta Chann

On the political conspiracy surrounding badminton player Syed Modi's killing

Year : 1988

Satnami Bai

Victim of Delhi riots of 1984 and pressures on them leading to becoming hostile

Year : 1988

Professor

After assassination of Ravinder Ravi a Left leaning leader

Year : 1989

Rahat

Comment on relief work during Punjab floods in 1989-90

Year : 1989

Vishwas

Story of ordinary people in Punjab at the height of Punjab crisis

Year : 1989

Maut Dar Maut

Based on Om Prakash Gasso's novel

Year : 1990

Paate Khan Nadhu Khan

For children based on Gulf war

Year : 1990

Natak Munshi Khan Da

Inspired by poem of Joga Singh; in response to hostitlity towards migrant labour in Punjab

Year : 1991

Samaj

Women's rights, sexual exploitation, dowry deaths

Year : 1991

Tabey Ros Jaage

Based on Sikh history

Year : 1991

Butt Jag Paaye

Regarding declining credibility of eloctoral leadership

Year : 1992

Ikk Si Chidi Ikk Si Kaan

Children play on environment awareness

Year : 1992

Tinn Sawal

Childen play; adaptation of folk tales

Year : 1992

Begamo Di Dhee

Story of woman taking back her rights

Year : 1993

Khamba Wali Kudi

Based on Gul Chohan's story

Year : 1993

Sukhi Base Maskeeniayan

On large scale corruption of the political elite

Year : 1993

Vaddi Haveli Vicho Koi Dhahan Mardi Nikli

Inspired by one line of Paash's poetry

Year : 1993

Aao Siyane Baniye

Common people suffer as politics is communalised

Year : 1994

Bandivan

Based on Fakhar Zaman, Pakistani writer's novel called Bandivaan

Year : 1994

Gulabi Pagg

When terrorism was waning in Punjab. Once during a performance, police attempted to detain..More

Year : 1994

Haani

This was attempted to make a film on it, titled Crusaders. Money was even collected but la..More

Year : 1994

Katha Harpal Singh

Based on novel by Karamjit Kussa called Zakhmi dariya

Year : 1994

Mukhdhara

A political satire on the 'national mainsteam'

Year : 1994

Seth Lakhubhai Banaam Chandraswami Banaam Bharat De Lok

Conspiracies of the ruling elite

Year : 1994

Shaheed

In memory of Naxalabari martys; Played on 12 Nov 1994

Year : 1994

Aurat - Tasleema De Naam

Based on Taslima Nasreen's story

Year : 1995

Ikko Te Sirf Ikko Rah

Based on Jasbir Rana's story Vikalp

Year : 1995

Maluka

Based on Sadhu Singh Dhammi's novel

Year : 1995

Santaap

About overseas Punjabi families in North America

Year : 1995

Swere Di Lo

Based on Baldev Singh's story

Year : 1995

Tandoor

Based on tandoor kaand of 1995 where Naina Sahni was murdered and burnt in a tandoor

Year : 1995

Bus Conductor

Based on Dilip Kaur Tiwana's story

Year : 1996

Aao Rani Ji

A political satire on England's Queen visit to India

Year : 1997

Banjh

Women's reproductive rights

Year : 1997

Laare

A satire on the false promise of old age pension scheme

Year : 1997

Sohan Singh Bhakna

In memory of Baba Bhakna

Year : 1997

Asi Yug Sirjange

A story of people's awakening

Year : 1998

Hiroshima

In response to nuclear test that was done by India in Pokhran

Year : 1998

Kashmir

The tragedy of ordinary Kashmiris caught between the claims of India and Pakistan

Year : 1998

Nikkar Raaj

About State opportunism

Year : 1998

Eh Hai Zindagi

Year : 2000

Ghadar Leher

About Ghadari Babey and its Left interprettion of independence to present an alternative h..More

Year : 2000

Rakhri

On sexual harassment at the work place

Year : 2000

Sarpanchani

Based on story by Darshan Dheer

Year : 2000

Tamasha Natt Te Natti Da

A satire on the Indian political system

Year : 2000

Izzatdar Mangte

Against the dowry system

Year : 2001

Sakhi Bhai Kanhhiya Ji

When Sikhs helped injured passangers of a rail accident

Year : 2001

Aurat

On women battling religious patriarchy

Year : 2002

Boothian

This was a comment on political posters advertising faces of leaders

Year : 2002

Dastan Teen Trunkan Dee

Based on Sukhwant Kaur Mann's story called Jit; played when India Pakistan cricket match t..More

Year : 2002

Jagrati

About landless dalit families struggles in rural Punjab

Year : 2002

Jungle

About environment

Year : 2002

Waras

Based on Talvinder Singh's story of the same name on changing human social values.

Year : 2002

Aurat Dee Vangar

Women's rights

Year : 2003

Bharat Chodo

On the 50th anniversary of independence, based on Balbir Singh Dil's epic 'Azadi Di Kahani..More

Year : 2003

Kachehri

Understanding justice

Year : 2003

Khudkashi

About the guilt of a police officer's atrocities

Year : 2003

Udham Singh

Story of Shaheed Udham Singh

Year : 2003

Aurat Banam Aurat

Violence against women and women's rights

Year : 2004

Paani

On environment

Year : 2004

Parmatma Da Kutta

Based on Mohan Rakesh's story of the same name

Year : 2004

Rukh

On Environment

Year : 2004

Thaggi

About travel agents' exploitation of the Punjabi youth aspiring to go abroad

Year : 2004

Melo

Story of a nursing assistant in a rural hospital

Year : 2005

Mistri Ram Lal

Story of a mason

Year : 2005

Oone Te Sakhne

Based on story by Gurmeet Ghadaylvi of the same name

Year : 2005

Peedhiyan

Story of a Punjabi family in Canada

Year : 2005

Sarpanch

A story of poor people's challenge to the existing power structure based on Waryam Sandhu'..More

Year : 2005

Seebo

Based on story by Buta Ram's called Kalam Dam Thod Gayi

Year : 2005

Ikk Kudi Tinn Mard

Based on Gurdial Dalal's story Tauliye

Year : 2006

Natak Rulda Singh Kisan Da

Plight of farmers

Year : 2006

Pagla

Story of a poor man seeking answers

Year : 2006

Aprajit

Dramatic adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, the Moon is down. The novel was translated..More

Year : 2007

Inam

Based on a story by Md. Bashir. A satire on the policy launched by Badal government in 199..More

Year : 2007

Kake

About the notorious sons of Punjab's politicians and influential people

Year : 2007

Mochi Da Putt

Based on Mohal Lal Philoria's story

Year : 2007

Kavita Da Katal

About constraints imposed on women in their daily life

Year : 2008

Khudkashi Nahi Sangharsh Sada Naara Hai

Story of small peasants and agriculture labour

Year : 2008

Mera Long Guacha

Based on Pakistani writer Lali Chaudhary's story

Year : 2008

Natak Bachhe Sakke Da

Political satire on Punjab politics

Year : 2008

Pattarkar

About speaking truth to power

Year : 2008

Eh Zameen Sadi Hai

One of the many plays written by Gursharan Singh on Dalits

Year : 2009

Pardhan Doongar Singh

One of the last few plays that Gursharan Singh wrote; Based on Baru Satvarg's novel Shardh..More

Year : 2009