Being the Change

It was Ginny Singh's commitment and sincerity towards acting that had caught director Arvind Gaur's attention two years ago. Singh had come to Gaur to be a part of his Asmita Theatre Group, a Delhi-based Hindi theatre group which is involved in socially relevant theatre, and went on to work in many nukkad nataks (street plays). His most recent role as a student activist in Aanand Rai's Raanjhanaa, didn't go unnoticed either. The 28-year-old, often

referred to as "one of the brighter actors in the Delhi theatre circuit" died on Monday morning. He met with an accident on Friday night and was on the ventilator. He breathed his last at 8 am on Monday. "The feeling has not sunk in still. He was like family and was not doing theatre for the heck of it. He wanted to be the change in the country. He was not just acting, he was teaching street children and working for the downtrodden. We will miss him," said Gaur about Singh. He was also an HR manager with a leading corporate firm. "He was a frontrunner when it came to social activism. He was severely hurt when the police hit him with lathis at the India Gate, during the protests for the Delhi gang rape victim, in December last year. But he returned the next day and sat at the same spot, protecting women who had come there," said Gaur. An ardaas (prayer meeting) was held on Monday while the cremation took place at the crematorium next to the gurdwara.

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