Integration in Samjho Ho Hi Gaya

Found an old piece of paper with fading ink and rough edges. These were the lines -- our lines -- to a play titled Integration. Performed on 17 February 1992 as part of my learning at the Trinity College of Music, London, and the Hima Kala Kendra Institute of Speech, Drama and Creative Dance, Bombay. Scribbled on the back of the page is my name, character (a lion who believed in peaceful coexistence with the other animals of his kingdom), and the date and time of the first rehearsal.


INTEGRATION

I N T E G R A T I O N (spell out)
With you we want to share the world
Where every religion, caste and creed
Must first learn to write and read
The language that belongs to God.
I N T E G R A T I O N

And what is that language to be?
Why, the message is LOVE
Love, love

Love like the wind caressing the leaves
Love like the mother feels for her child
Love like God and His people
I N T E G R A T I O N

Love is the golden rule of the world
As it revolves around the sun
Love is the language of the stars
As they zing in their many laces in space
Love is the spoken sound
that sends us 90 mph around the earth

I N T E G R A T I O N

We live at the height of energy
If L O V E are the only alphabets we know
The seeds of joy we sow
And never know defeat

It is the whispering Shiva
Shiva Shiva Shiva Shiva Shiva
It is the Vishu Maharaj Ki Jai

It is Ram defined Ram Sita
It is the glorious playing of the Krishna Gopala flute
It is the dance of the Gopis in the cool moonlight
It is Allah O Akbar (4 times)
that entrances the air with the call to God
It is Zarathustra and Guru Nanak
It is Christ dying on the Cross so that
The human race can live
It is thousands of Gurus that have
Come and will come again and again
To enlighten Mankind

I N T E G R A T I O N

Let us embrace each other in love -
Don't look to see who it is -
But fold in your arms the God that is in each one of us

(Wild song of happiness into audience)

Thus god will shine in His Heaven
And we will have peace on earth
And resounding joy in the universe
Let us march to integration
Let us walk in freedom
To the goal of man that is love
INTEGRATION - INTEGRATION - INTEGRATION

House lights (embracing the audience)


Suffice it to say that the message delivered is well worth being a guiding document. And to make this Bollywood-related, remember the peaceful lion
who gave Sanjay Dutt a jaadu ki jhappi in this song from Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006)? [It appears about two minutes into the video.]

4 comments:

bollywoodfoodclub said...

Nice message indeed, and nice tie in with the lion and the “Munna Bhai” tune.

Here’s my circus related response video, sorry no lion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNE10ItOYCU
Never seen “Mere Naam Joker” but have been wanting to.

And on a related note: Sanjay Dutt (love him!)
I recently saw “Dhamal”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhamaal

and found the following video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oyZYAw-WzM

and posted this comment there:
I watched "Dhamal" this weekend and thought I was having a flashback to watching "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" when I was a kid! The palm trees at the end sealed the deal.

All the best,
Sita-ji

theBollywoodFan said...

Thank you Sita-ji. Your circus related response is wonderful!

And thanks for bringing up the deal with Dhamaal. I'd heard a lot was 'borrowed' from elsewhere, but had never realized how similar the content was.

Should have second-guessed the origin of the scene where Prem Chopra's character kicks the bucket. I would think that that's atypical of a script written in Hindi. =)

bollywoodfoodclub said...

Yes! That kick the bucket scene was what got me thinking. I thought, well that can't be a metaphor in India, or is it?

theBollywoodFan said...

If it is a metaphor in India, I am not aware of it. I'd seriously doubt it is, though.