Aadyam is presenting 5 plays in a year to Delhi and Mumbai audience. We recently watched one of their productions – “Ladies Sangeet” at Kamani. Garbed in a light-hearted wedding scenario, the play tried to touch upon up quite a few tricky social issues. But could they pull it off? Please read on
Badal Sircar, the renowned playwright wrote in Bangla. However, his works transcend linguistic boundaries and have enormous human appeal. The Hindi play Ballabhpur ki Roopkatha is translated from Sarkar’s Bengali comedy Ballabhpurer Roopkatha and has been enacted by various theatre groups. Alongwith the comedy, the intelligent plot and the artistic visualization makes it a hit with audience anywhere. Ballabhpur ki Roopkatha was recently staged at India Habitat Centre. This was directed by Sunil Rawat and we recently went to see this presentation.
Bhisham Sahni’s versatile talents have been reflected in various forums. Bhishmotsav, a collection of short plays based on his works was directed by Seema Bhargava Pahwa and recently presented at Epicentre. Amazing stories, stellar cast and seasoned direction led to an impeccable production, a rare treat
Tom Alter is a regular feature in the Delhi theatre circuit. The flip side is he is part of lot of productions that solely depend on his popularity to pull off the act. They are negligent about the script and other aspects of productions. We are therefore a little wary when we watch a play that has Alter. Nonetheless, the play “Delhi-Ciously Chekov” was recently held at Epicentre, Gurgaon and we went to watch this a Sunday evening.
It is an unusual situation that somebody asks for a refund of his school fee since he is a failure in life. Square heart productions staged a comedy play Refund based on this theme. We watched this play at LTG last weekend.
Verbum, The English Dramatics Society, Sri Venkateswara College recently staged the English play – Speed the Plow at LTG Theatre. The play gathered momentum and left the audience with some pertinent questions about life and things. They help in gaining respect for amateur theatre groups who are otherwise not taken seriously. With more exposure, such groups would make a place for themselves.
Gauhar, a play based on the life of Gauhar Jaan – India’s first recording artist was recently held at Sirifort and Epicenter. Scripted by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lilette Dubey, the high point of this production was the live singing by Rajshwari and Zilla Khan of yesteryears Hindustani music.