The 8th edition of International Theatre Olympics is scheduled to be held in India during 17 February to 8 April 2018. A spectacular celebration of world theater is going to take place all over the country. We were invited to the press conference organised to announce this gala event and here is a curtain raiser.
Mahendra Theatre Excellence Awards (META) 2017 has brought experimental theatre to the fore. One such piece is Bhima, based on the eponymous character of second Pandava in Mahabharat. The 1 hour 10 minutes duration of the play was edge of the seat exciting.
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.
Zee TV’s theatre wing Zee Theater was back with its second presentation “Sir Sir Sarla”, a play written and directed by Makrand Deshpande. The 2 hours 15 minutes play was a most off beat production that cannot be identified in the common classifications of theater that we ordinarily get to see in Delhi. We look forward to their next production in March 2017.
Aadyam, the theatre initiative of Aditya Birla Group has been presenting a series of plays. These plays mostly have a Mumbai based cast. Apart from upping the glamour quotient, the cast brings about seasoned and professionally mature productions for the Delhi audience. Their recent production “12 Angry Jurors” performed to a packed house at Kamani Audiorium.
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.