Kingdom of Dreams in Gurgaon has been committed to bringing Broadway like grandeur on stage for the audience in India. They have brought a new genre of entertainment, Theatre on Ice, this winter. These are presentations by performers of Ice Vision from Russia. The two grand productions Alice in Wonderland and Dracula reache to the kids, the young and the young at heart.
Aadyam’s presentation this time is Anand Express. The play is based on Keith Gray’s story Ostrich Boys that was later adapted by Karl Miller for stage. The Indian adaption by Adarsh Khurana was recently staged at Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. Directed for Aadyam by Nadir Khan, this is a Rage Productions presentation.
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 Excellence Theatre Awards (META) this year had a host of mind-numbing beautiful plays and the jury would have had a very tough time in selecting the winners. A particularly interesting piece was ‘Elephant in the Room’ a soliloquy created out of an interesting topic. It is a quirky twist to the familiar story of Ganesha’s losing his head due to his father’s wrath and having an elephant head attached instead!
OUTCASTE was a unique play in Hindi by Randhir Kumar in this year’s META. It represented a traditional genre of Indian theatre that was activist in nature. It involved a huge number of artists who ruled the stage with clockwork precision.
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.
12th MAHINDRA THEATRE FESTIVAL (META), the annual extravaganza of plays by Mahindra Group is about to start at various venue in New Delhi. META recognises the best in Indian theatre every year through their METAWARDS during this theatre festival.