Sharad Ka Antim Megh

Sharad ka Antim Megh

Sharad Ka Antim Megh presents the misunderstanding that is imposed even by near and dead ones on the personality of a genius. The spirited utterances of the Sanskrit poet Bharavi, made under inspiration and the innocent glow of youthful dreams that are born of the desire to touch the very heavens, are thoroughly misconstrued by his father, in spite of being a learned man himself. He judges them as signs of pride, without giving his son any opportunity to explain himself. He also decides, on his own, to kill Bharavi’s pride in several crude ways, believing that he would be only helping the genius of his son against his pride that was bent upon swallowing it. Instead of saving his genius, he dries up the very springs of creativity and originality in his son. It is a heart-rending tragedy.

 This play sensitively portrays the strife between the father and the son. It presents the genius of Bharavi through his poetic dialogues. Its strong points are its story line, the precision of emotions and their intensity, the building up of the tension in the play and the depiction of a variety of characters and their constructive role in making the plot profound without complicating it and in making the tension emotional and interesting to the audience, not intellectual and dry. It belongs to the category of the classical plays that have come from the pen of the Indian dramatists.

It highlights the need of the Indian society to  It carries the weight of profound thought very lightly. It entertains and illumines, at the same time. Besides, it brings forward the problem that we Indians have neglected because of which the personality of growing children gets complicated. Shed its prejudices and fixed notions. This play is deeply immersed in the Indian ethos. The characters carry the imprint of the graceful and unique Indian Culture very lightly and without any effort or show.
It is a literary work besides being a very effective play. The author does not aim at teaching anything. He only presents a problem in a way that it touches the deeper recesses of the reader and compels the reader to give it a thought. It may help the Indians to come out of certain deadly archetypes.

Comments after the presentation of this drama in Ravindralaya, Lucknow:

Times Of India:
“The strong story-line, excellent make-up and an unique set bringing alive the ambiance of the Gupta period, were some of the strong points of the play and were highly appreciated.

The central theme portrayed was the clash between two egos – a Sanskrit poet Bharavi pitted against his father Sridhar, with the father masterfully trampling his son’s ego just because he detests the idea of his son being a poet. He also keeps a strong tab on his son’s mind, thoughts and activities, and does not let him grow as an individual.

The tragedy is true. It conveys the realities of a typical society and social norms, which are orthodox, harsh and cruel to an extent.

Parents with hypocritical views and acts compel the simple soul like Bharavi to breakdown and commit suicide.

The tragedy truly signifies the Indian masses and their social conscience.

The play ran for two hours to a capacity audience.”

Rashtriya Sahara:
“Sharad Ka Antim Megh” is a meaningful and profound play by Nirmal Kumar. The poetic language of dialogues is heart touching. The love between Bharavi and Rasika, the scene in which Bharavi resolves to kill his father, the scene depicting the festival of Raksha- Bandhan, invalid Rasika’s dialogues expressing her sorrow before Bharavi and Vidya create deep impressions on the heart.”