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A Theatrical Extravaganza

Get set for plenty of drama as the Capital plays host to a number of theatre productions this weekend.

art and culture Updated: Jan 07, 2010 19:52 IST
Aakriti Sawney

In keeping with the tradition of making your weekends more exciting and action-packed,

HT City

brings you a selection of theatre performances taking place over the weekend.

Strange Lines

A part of National School of Drama’s 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the play is about two strangers who write letters to each other, discussing their lives, their cities and their nations. And then one day, they meet. The departure point of this theatrical collaboration is a comic collaboration — When Kulbhushan Met Stockli. The project seeks to play with the young art of graphic novels and explore ways in which drawing and theatre can come together to present notions of ‘otherness’.


January 10; 2.30 pm and 6 pm;


Bahumukh auditorium, National School of Drama, Bhagwandas Road, Connaught :Tickets: Rs 30;



Bagiya Bancharam Ki

Bancha, the owner of a fertile plot of land is evicted by the area’s evil zamindar. But the Magistrate takes pity on Bancha and warns the landlord away. The story repeats itself twenty years later when a new zamindar takes over an ailing Bancha’s land. The play is a Shriram Centre Repertory presentation and directed by Baharul Islam.


January 9 and 10; 7 pm; Where: Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road; Tickets: Rs 50, 100, 200, 300;



Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya

Directed by Dinesh Thakur, this play set in Lahore talks about an immigrant family looking forward to settling down in their new home — a haveli abandoned by a Hindu family. The mother of the previous owner still lives in the haveli. The story charts the relationship of the old lady with the Mirza family and shows how her presence is used by local goons to further their own fundamentalist agendas.


January 8; 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm;


Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Connaught PlaceTickets: Rs 10, 30, 50, 100; Language: Hindi

Ulti Khopdi

A comedy about a scientist who succeeds in inventing a medicine that makes one speak the truth. One day, his servant ends up mixing the medicine into some sweets and feeds it to all the visitors to the house. Under its effect, each of them starts speaking the truth. The play is presented by Indu Art Theatre and Film Society.


January 10; 7 pm; Where: Alliance Française, Lodhi Road; Tickets: Rs 100, 200, 300; Language: Hindi

Mahim Junction

A spoof on 1970s Bollywood, the story is set in a Mumbai slum that has been encroached upon by a train platform. The characters are living in the midst of poverty, exploitation, and communalism, with the typical joie de vivre style of Bollywood characters. The play depicts two stories, a love tale between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, and that of film producer who provides the political subtext and brings the two together in true Bollywood fashion.


January 10; 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm;


: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Connaught Place; Tickets: Rs 10, 30, 50, 100; Language: English, Hindi, Punjabi

Darjiparar Marjinara

Moving through the narrow lanes of Sonagachi, one of the largest red-light areas of Asia, this Bengali play looks at the diversity of people, from brokers, policemen, clients and prostitutes, who have ties to the place. As the history of Sonagachi is revealed, we realise that the play is not about prostitution and physical desire but rather about a form of globalisation in which everything is commodified.


January 10; 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm;


Shriram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Connaught Place;


: Rs 100, 50, 30 and 10;


: Bengali