Loretta, a play by Sunil Shanbag and a part of Aditya Birla Group’s theatre initiative Aadyam was also staged during NSD’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav. This was a musical with songs in Konkani and English. Musicals are still a rare breed in Indian theater and we were very excited.
Delhi’s theatre scene throws up a lot of experiences breaking geographical barriers. We frequently get to see productions from overseas. Hotel Paradiso from Berlin is a mask theatre production. This was a new for us.
Aadyam’s last presentation from its series of plays for this year was “Chakkar Chalaye Ghanchakkar”. This was a light hearted comedy based on Shakespeare’s much adapted play Comedy of Errors. In line with the earlier Adyam plays, this comprised a star studded cast who performed to a full house at Kamani Auditorium in the course of multiple shows over a weekend.
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.
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.
Sangeet Natak Academy had organised a week long theatre festival “Natya Samagama” during 9- 17 January, 2016. They exhibited various pieces of contemporary theatre as well as traditional or folk theatre forms. On the last evening, they presented a mainly Hindi / Chhatisgarhi play – “Kamdeo Ka Apna Basant Ritu Ka Sapna” by the group “Naya Theatre” of Bhopal. This is Habib Tanvir’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. We were most curious to look at this rather plucky attempt to present the extremely popular humour “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Hindi and …Chhatisgarhi!
A forgettable play that attempts to ride solely on the physical appeal of Kashmira Shah. Audience deserves better and we would not recommend this play even if the tickets are distributed free of cost.