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A novel approach to theatre

Some novels provide for a fascinating read, but they can acquire a unique creative angle when they are brought to life through the medium of theatre.

art and culture Updated: Sep 24, 2011 01:17 IST
Namya Sinha

Some novels provide for a fascinating read, but they can acquire a unique creative angle when they are brought to life through the medium of theatre. Keeping this fact in mind, the National School of Drama (NSD) Repertory Company is going to present their staged version of Hamara Shahar Us Baras, a novel by Geetanjali Shree.

“We have been working on this play for two months now. It is about communal violence in the city that has impact on the lives of 3 friends belonging to different religious communities. It’s a devised piece of work in which a lot of intensive work was done with the actors. Their experiences were also taken in and woven in the story,” says Gargi Bharadwaj, assistant director of the play. The play is in Hindi and all the actors of the Repertory will be a part of this play. This is the first time the play will be showcased for the audience.

To give more impact to the play, a lot of emphasis has been paid on the music. “The actors are accomplished when it comes to reciting poetry or going along with the music of the play. One of the protagonists Daddu, uses a lot of poetry of the poet Kabir during the play. He recites them, sings them and even laughs while he says all the poetry. We have also used a lot of classical music like ghazals, thumri and also a track by vocalist Shubha Mudgal,” says Bharadwaj. “The scenes showing communal violence, slogans, protests, and shakti pradarshan are all done with the help of sounds and music. The play is not about clashes between two religions but more about confrontation between sectarian and secular forces,” she adds.

Theatre personality

Kirti Jain who has directed plays such as Subarnalata, Aur Kitne Tukde, and Baghdad Burning, has directed the play.

Fact file

What: Theatre play - Hamara Shahar Us Baras
Where: Abhimanch, NSD Campus, Bhaganwandas Road
When: 27th September - 2nd October (6.30 pm onwards)
Entry: Tickets available at NSD from 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm, (Tel: 011- 23383420 )
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on blue line