Did You Know Shaheed Bhagat Singh Was A Phenomenal Actor During His College Days?

11:15 am 28 Sep, 2016


IT IS EASY TO KILL INDIVIDUALS BUT YOU CANNOT KILL THE IDEAS. GREAT EMPIRES CRUMBLED, WHILE THE IDEAS SURVIVED. -Shaheed Bhagat Singh

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Remembering one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement, Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 109th birth anniversary.

Bhagat Singh, who is popularly referred as Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh was born on 28 September 1907 at the village of Banga, Lyallpur district (now in Pakistan). He had the spark to fight for the Independence of India since childhood. At the age of 8, unlike other kids he talked about driving out Britishers from India and not about the games or toys. As a child, Bhagat Singh wanted to grow guns in the fields, so that he could fight the British.

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A rare photograph of S. Bhagat Singh in his teens (right).

We all have grown up reading the history with pride about Bhagat Singh, his contributions, and sacrifices during the freedom struggle. We know Bhagat Singh’s hunger for reading and writing. Many of us have also read his written ideologies and books.

But, did you know that Bhagat Singh was a phenomenal actor during his college days?

In 1923, when Bhagat Singh joined the National College in Lahore, he participated in several extra-curricular activities. As reading and writing were his foremost interests, he participated in writing competitions.

He even won an essay competition set by the Punjab Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, after writing about the problems that Punjab was facing at that time.

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Students and staff of National College, Lahore. Singh can be seen standing fourth from the right.


 

But, he was also an active participant of the dramatics society of his college. Bhagat Singh was a great and well-appreciated actor in his college.

He took part in several plays during his college days. ‘Rana Pratap’, ‘Samrat Chandragupta’ and ‘Bharata-durdasha’ are the most notable plays in which Bhagat Singh’s performance was very well praised.

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