In timeless entertainment, one name shines bright – Feroz Bahrupiya. His second name, ‘Bahrupiya,’ is a testament to his exceptional talent for impersonation, an age-old amusement that continues to captivate humanity. With the ability to transform into a staggering 52 characters, Feroz currently graces the Diwali mela at Surajkund, Haryana, located on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Embracing Mythology and Tradition
Feroz’s repertoire includes various characters drawn from Hindu scriptures and mythological tales. He seamlessly transitions into roles such as Bear, Monkey, Ravana, Narad Jind, Shravan, and more. These portrayals breathe life into characters deeply entrenched in the sacred narratives of Hinduism. From Guru-Chela to Lohar-Lohari, Gujar-Gujari (a Gujar couple) to Sabjiwali (the vegetable vendor), and even Pagal (the madman), Feroz’s versatility knows no bounds.
Uniting Through Diversity
Feroz, from Bandikui village in Rajasthan, promotes unity by embodying characters from Hindu scriptures despite his family being Muslim. With unwavering dedication, he dons the roles of Ravana, Narad, Shravan, and others at the Surajkund Fair. He also brings to life characters from revered texts like the Bhagwad Gita, Ramayana, and Mahabharata. Feroz believes these books are an intrinsic part of his family’s collective consciousness.
A Legacy of Inclusivity
Feroz firmly asserts that art knows no caste. His father, Shivram, was not only a devout reciter of the Ramayana but also had the Bhagwad Gita committed to memory. He regularly performed in the annual Ramlila drama staged during the Navratri festivities. Feroz reminisces, “Everything has changed since the time of (Mughal Emperor) Aurangzeb. Earlier, everyone was a Hindu. The Mewat region belonged to the Meena community, who celebrated Dussehra and other festivals wholeheartedly.”
Taking the Art Across Borders
Feroz’s passion for impersonation has taken him beyond national borders. He showcased his remarkable talent in France and traveled extensively across India to share his craft with people from all walks of life. The art of impersonation still thrives in Rajasthan, a testament to its enduring appeal.
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