Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane

Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane is a play revolving around a monologue, Rajkumar tells us about his unremarkable life in his village and the five grains of sugar .


1 . Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane

Understanding is a fountain of life is relevant , to those who have it!  Yet, it is the realization of this simple truth that stays out of reach for most of us. The dilemma for our protagonist (Rajkumar) arises when he unwittingly takes on a journey for which he thinks, he is not equipped to handle. Self-declaring himself to be a simpleton all his life, he under values his own thoughts but through the course of his search for a solution to a predicament, he begins to discover an innate need to be heard. He begins to draw inspiration from the only five people in his existence . In the play Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane there is Maa  (who is influenced by action- packed movies), there is Uncle Pindaric, (who is struggling to write decent poetry), The   (the school hero)  Raghu and finally, there is the anonymous “Truckwala Dost”

Together they infuse in him a spirit to overcome all the set backs that occur during his quest without any expectations about the final outcome, Rajkumar soon comprehends that life is not a destination, which we arrive at, but rather a feeling that we need to get in touch with. In Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane the  narrative is our vehicle through which we explore the existence of a common named, uncomplicated human being who treads along the various paths, which spread out before him. During this journey he encounters his own Gandhis, Gorkys of common dilemmas all of which he lives through without being grave but with due solemnity required to clear life’s hurdles.


Shakkar Ke Paanch Dane is a must watch. Performed by a veteran actor Kumud Mishra . The Mumbai Theatre Guide wrote, “the final poetic denouement is neat, funny, reflective but unfortunately all too expected, all too perfect.” The play was a stage hit and was performed in English in 2009, from a translation by Arshia Sattar.


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