The hero of the play is the last phase of the Moghul Empire, in which, along with the disintegration of the Empire, the society, with its falling values, loses its purity. The decayed society, the corrupt officials and hedonistic royalty - such are the foul colors, which have conjured up the painting of a bygone era. With time, these colors have neither faded, nor vanished.
A drummer jokingly declares himself to be the governor of Delhi in the times of Moghul Emperor, Mohammed Shah, who was known for his love of music, dance and hedonism. The drummer does realize his dream and becomes the governor of Delhi, not by a virtuous path, but through bribery, corruption, intrigues and murder. At one stage, he requests his fiance to go to the harem of an Amir, to help him to realize his ambition. The playwright aims to give a glimpse of the contemporary through the colors of the past.
"An absorbing stage presentation. Subtle characterization, expert direction and excellent acting by the whole cast made playwright and director Daya Prakash Sinha's 'Seerhiyan'...an absorbing stage presentation... The play portrays the moral decadence, politcal chickenry and the intrigue-ridden life of the mighty and powerful... The play, in many ways, reminds us of the present day scenario in our political and social ambience...an unforgettable experience, both a deftly written literary piece, as well as performance." - Hindustan Times, Delhi
"'Seerhiyan' is a memorable experience...It kept the over-packed audience spell-bound for two hours...Written and directed by D.P. Sinha, the play has been conceived at an epic-level set in the period of Mohammed Shah Rangeeley. 'Seerhiyan' is a fascinating juxtaposition of cruelty and comedy. The play gives a beautiful insight into the cruelty and luxuriant living of the elite and exploitation of the weak." - The Pioneer, Lucknow
"'Seerhiyan: a breath of fresh air..."Seerhiyan" set against the backdrop of a tottering Mughal empire, gone into deep decline, appealed to the quintessential Indian love of storytelling, rich in plot, characterization and emotive appeal. Its success lay in the fact that while the subject matter belonged to the medieval past, the treatment of the play was contemporary." - National Mail, Bhopal
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D.P. Sinha, Somesh Ranjan, Pravin Bharti