Spring Daleans invoke their intellectual, thespian skills to explore the potential of the human mind
Did the eternal God create the human mind or vice-versa? Are the religious scriptures divinely inspired or the creation of mankind? Are the destructive faculties of man’s mind turning him into a Frankensteinian monster? The questions beg answers, which ‘Antarwandh…Enigma of mind’, a play staged at Spring Dale Senior School, seeks to explore.
Staged on the occasion of the school’s Annual Theatre Festival, the presentation endorses the vast capabilities of the human mind in consonance with John Milton’s famous quote in Paradise Lost, “The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make a heaven of hell and hell of heaven.” The seven sages in the introductory scene of the play too testify to the same.
The budding thespians among the Spring Daleans invoked their theatrical skills to explore the extensive potential of the human mind and the ‘ambition’ that it harbours, which, in the words of Alexander Pope, ‘can destroy or save, and make a patriot, as it makes a knave.’ They advocated taming it by imbibing positive thoughts.
The play also raises the equally serious issue of brain drain and its adverse impact on the Indian economy, the corruption prevailing in politics and the society, the naiveté of the masses, who are exploited and misled by the very leaders they elect and the need for heightened awareness and vigilance in every sphere of life to make the world a place habitable enough for one and all.
The show began with the blessings of Mr Surinder Singh Sandhu, Chairman, Spring Dale Educational Society. He advised the Spring Daleans to realize the full potential of their young minds and to ensure their proper development and right use by imbibing and pursuing positive thoughts and virtues.
Giving details about the show, Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the theme of the show was based on the exploration of the human mind—the most powerful entity. “In strength and longevity humans were never at the top of the species on Earth yet due to their mind power they are supreme, they control all the other species on land, water and air. It is their mind power which brought humans to this stage of advanced evolution. Religious scripture, musical ragas, scientific calculations everything is my creation, even God could be the human mind’s creation,” he said.
He maintained that the play aimed at exploring the destructive, harmful and dangerous powers of the human brain. “While other species kill for hunger, humans can kill for opinions. The dangerous part of the human mind, if not kept in control can take monstrous proportions like Frankenstein's monster and destroy people,” he said.
Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, President, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that history could vouch for the fact that humans have killed more of their own counterparts for religious views, political ideologies, race, color and creed than any other species could ever do. “The human mind is capable of every possibility- it's up to an individual how to make use of his mind—to create or destroy!,” they said.
They added that the school aimed at nurturing and channeling the innate mental abilities of the Spring Daleans in the right direction by imparting quality education to enable them to grow up into noble, responsible and humane adults.
Spring Dale Senior School