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.
To celebrate the 100th birth centenary of the famous Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai, a play based on her story Gharwali was staged at India Habitat Centre. The play, directed by Shuddho Banerjee, questions the ideas of sexual freedom, role of marriage and other associated issues in the Indian society. The actors are amateurs but the storyline, direction, songs and dances compensate. All together this is an apt Saturday evening watch.
Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” is perhaps one of his most read works. Dramatech staged this all English play at LTG Auditorium and this was directed by Renu S. Chopra. The performance was decent and given the lawlessness that we frequently encounter around us, the play had an instant connect with the audience. This rendition of “The Merchant of Venice” was an apt weekend watch.
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.
This Cineplay by Mahesh Dattani was an average experience. The comedy was lackluster, acting amateurish and the script had very little freshness to offer. Not engaging enough for an hour and fifteen minutes duration.
“Still and still moving” explores relationship between two men. An author in his 40s and a young college going guy. Along with these two characters Delhi-Gurgaon metro also plays an integral and somewhat comic role in the play.
The play depicts the life of Gandhari-The queen with a blindfold and mother of Kauravas, the villains in epic Mahabharata. Presented through Kathak on Guitar, this performance sets the tone for META 2015 (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) and we look forward to some great lineup of plays this year.
Man vs. machine / US vs. the world – An NSD student production “Civilisation on trial” deals with such sensitive issues in an abstract but comic and entertaining way.