‘Celebrating the ones who feed us’

Poetry, drama take centrestage to show solidarity with farmers

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, January 25

Poems were sung and a drama was also staged to mobilise support for protesting farmers, during a programme titled, ‘Celebrate the People Who Feed Us!’ held here on Sunday.

Organised by the Majha House, it was attended by students and members of the civil society. Prolonged farmers’ stir, demanding repeal of three new farm laws became a part of the narrative of the contemporary Punjabi poetry in its varied forms such as jugani, mirza and boliyan.

Guru Nanak Dev University Prof Sarbjot Behal penned a jugani, highlighting the plight of farmers. Similarly, Dr Arvinder Pal Singh Chamak composed Mirza, which highlights the shared common culture of farmers hailing from two Punjabs, one in India and another in Pakistan. Farmers from Pakistan’s Punjab had stood in solidarity with Indian farmers both of whom believe that service to the world is their religion, said Dr Chamak.

A panel of six youths debated on farmers’ problems, prospective solutions and negative impact of farm laws on agriculture, already beset with high input cost and dwindling income.

Four young poets, Sayyad Ludhianvi, Parminder Singh, Manpreet and Lovepreet narrated the poetry in Punjabi in support of the farmers. A play was also staged on the occasion.

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