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.
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.
“Barff” was debuted during the recently concluded Bharat Rang Mahostav. On popular demand it had an additional show. Directed by Saurabh Shukla this Hindi play had a starry cast – Vinay Pathak, Sadia Siddique and Sunil Palwal. Its is a one hour forty minutes production, and we happened to watch this on a rainy Sunday in Delhi.
Antigone, the Greek tragedy was presented at Kamani Auditorium at Bharat Rang Mahotsav. This is a socio-political play that is relevant given the mindless violence that we see around us. Socio-political theatre is not very common on Delhi NCR stages. Hence, braving the Tuesday evening peak hour traffic, we made it a point to watch this play.
One of the first plays of Bharat Rang Mahotsav was “Dopehri”, a play read by Pankaj Kapur. Almost all theatre lovers of Delhi had swarmed the spacious Kamani Auditorium, some with tickets, and many more looking for tickets. Given the demand for this play, Bharat Rang Mahotsav arranged an additional show that afternoon. Read on for our experience.
Winters in Delhi are on their way out, giving way to a much pleasant and festive whether. If you are done with attending weddings and Lohri get-togethers, you can try Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a three-weeks festival of handpicked plays from India and abroad.
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!
“Wo Lahore”, directed by Atul Satya Koushik deals with the story of a big joint Hindu family in the backdrop of the Indian struggle for independence. The director manages to recreate that era when Hindu Muslims lived in harmony, but with their reservations in place. The cast was pro and the celebrity TV/film actor Avtar Gill drew crowds as the narrator. “Wo Lahore” was a decent weekend watch.