Dance-Drama Propagating Religious Amity
Akbar—The Theosophical Emperor, a dance-drama, was staged by the Theosophical Society in Adyar, during the international convention held in December in Chennai. Radha Burnier, President of the Society, was keen on staging this dance-drama about the Moghul emperor Akbar and his rule in order to highlight Akbar's secularist outlook. Akbar's life portrayed visually would, it was thought, be the best way of emphasising the need for Hindu-Muslim unity, in fact unity of all religious faiths.
Akbar's birth, early years, ascension to the throne, and his rule as a secular monarch were well brought out in the production. The story unfolded through the role of narrator enacted by Gayathri Balagurunathan. The last scene depicting Din-i-Uahi or the divine faith of Akbar was impressive. The Hindu priest, Parsi dastur, Jain sadhu, Buddhist bhikshu, Christian pastor, Sikh sant and a Muslim maulvi, all danced together and depicted how the true essence of their religions complemented each other. This was followed by Akbar's declaration that the essence of dharma emanating from all the religions was contained in the Holy Vessel called India, and that truth would bring peace and prosperity to all. The curtain came down with a celebration of Akbar's values.
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