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.
Mohe Piya, directed by Prof. Waman Kendre and performed by the group Rangpeeth from Mumbai, was based on Mahabharat during Bharat Rang Mahotsav by National School of Drama. The epics were the theme this year. Consequently we saw many such productions that involved some of the lesser known episodes from the epics.
National School of Drama Repertory Company staged their play Aadha Chand during Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017. The plot deals with people who work in call centre/BPO sector and is a walk through their boulevard of broken dreams. The play had potential but long duration and a major Bollywood hangover got in the way.
19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the annual theatre festival organized by National School of Drama dropped its curtains after a 21 days long histrionic extravaganza. We enjoyed watching a host of beautiful plays and performances in this period. Delhi-Fun-Dos was also invited to attend the closing ceremony and here is our report.
Can you ever be prepared to let someone dear go. The helplessness of a family that is going to loose one of their members is portrayed in a beautiful and subtle way in Israeli play – A Stranger Guest. A Stranger Guest is part of the ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2017 organised by NSD.
Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the largest theatre festival is being held from 1st to 21st Feb 2017. National School of Drama invited us to the press conference that was addressed by Professor Waman Kendre of NSD. We can’t wait to attend this theatre extravaganza.
“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.