Dramatist, Ram Upadhyay equipped with PPE presenting the monologue to educate village masses on COVID-19 at Udalguri. Image: Northeast Now

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a dramatist from Udalguri in Assam, has attempted to educate the illiterate village masses by presenting a monologue in a video broadcast that is doing rounds in the social media.

Ram Upadhyay, who is in his late thirties has derived a unique way to make people understand the importance of maintaining ‘social distancing’ and wearing safety gears while stepping out for essential and emergency works.

His effort has won many hearts.

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In the nine minute broadcast, he presents his self-penned monologue on coronavirus titled ‘Corona Warrior ‘ where he is seen well-equipped with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and mask and has also donned a doughnut shaped bamboo made circle.

Talking to this correspondent he said, “Though most of the city dwellers have been following the rules of self-quarantine and lockdown, but I was quite shocked to learn that some people in villages are still stepping out in public places.”

“So, I decided to pen down my thoughts and record it with  rhymes, emotions for a smooth-flowing monologue,  as I ardently believe drama as an art form and pedagogy, is one of the powerful mediums of education which not only commands people’s attention but also entertain and educate people, ” he added.

“Through the video broadcast I also attempted to specifically reach out to the children and those people flouting social distancing norms in grocery stores and banks as they are at higher risk of getting infected,” he also said.

Shajid Khan

Shajid Khan is Northeast Now Correspondent in Udalguri. He can be reached at: itsshajidkhan@gmail.com