Prayog is a well-known Hindi theatre group of India. It was established on 15th August 1976 by Prof. Satish Mehta and his wife Mrs. Jyotsana Mehta. The first play performed by Prayog was Doosara Darwaja (Writer – Dr. Laxmi Narain Lal) and this theater group has never looked back ever since. It has gone from strength to strength putting up 1000+ performances to date of 75 full length plays.
Prayog is a Hindi language word, which means experimentation. As the meaning indicates Prayog is different in the sense that and it puts up its plays with experimentation in content, format and presentation. The plays seek to throw new and different light on social and political issues. Prayog’s constant endeavor is to bring a fresh viewpoint. The remarkable factor in the plays performed by Prayog is the variety in form and way of presentation.
Few Prayog plays are as follows:
Folk style Plays: Dulari Bai, Bakri, Jadugar Jungle, Rai
Comedy Plays: Saiya Bhaye Kotwal, Langdi Tang, Sharafat teri to, Adalat Ashiko ki, Badbad Savitri.
Political and Social satire: Andhon Ka Hathi, Natak Nahin, Ala Afasar
Social Plays: Pratibimb, Mansukh Lal Majithhiya, Hastakshar
Period Plays: Jis Lahore nahi dekhya, Ek aur Dronacharya
Mythological Plays: kandhe par baitha tha shap
Psycho-physical Plays: Bhoma
With its liking for purposeful theater, Prayog has broken new grounds with street plays as well – “Julus”, “Samarath”, “Bharat Ke Lal” and “Kargil Ke Sher” were performed to aware the public with different motives. The themes of these plays were patriotism, non-violence, national integration, communal harmony and other social causes. These street plays attracted a large number of people on the streets and conveyed the message effectively to them. Prayog has a remarkable record of presenting its Plays throughout India and in USA as well. Prayog has a brigade of very talented artistes, who support the very cause for which Prayog was established and has been working ever since. Prayog has established a good name in the field of theater and continue to rise to greater heights.