Ode to a legend: celebrating the spirit of Gulzar
The brain behind such stirring songs as Musafir hoon yaron, Koi hota jisko apna, Tere bina zindagi se koi shikva to nahin, Is mod pe jate hain, Humne dekhi hai un aankhon ki, Jai Ho and Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji, has enthralled millions of Indians. Now, 'Mera Kuch Samaan…Celebrating Gulzar', a four-day festival, will feature Lakeerein, Atthanniyaan and Kharaashein, three plays based on the writings of the celebrated writer-poet-lyricist. The plays feature some seasoned theatre actors such as Atul Kulkarni, Lubna Salim and Yashpal Sharma. On the fourth day, the festival will conclude with Gulzar saheb's poetry.
May 11 to 14, 7 pm, Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, Mandi House, Ph: 435503351
A course in quickie theatre
Australian playwright Alex Broun's group has been doing quickie theatre since 2002. Before he brings the second edition of his 10-minute theatre fest to Delhi in November, Broun is conducting workshops in scriptwriting, directing and acting. The props are minimalist, not a word or gesture is wasted — every second counts.
May 13-15, Akshara Theatre.
Register at www.shortandsweet.org
The first mughal
A student wants to visit Bahadurshah Zafar's grave in Rangoon. Rebuked by his tutor, he dozes off and in his imagination meets the poet-king. This is the story of the play Sons of Babur, written by Salman Khurshid, about overcoming your ego to be a part of a larger idea: whether it is god, humanity, or the universe.
May 8, 7:30 pm, Shri Ram Centre.
For details, call 9810255291.
One for the well-healed
The International Ancient Arts Festival wants to highlight the role of music and dance as a therapeutic tool to address lifestyle challenges. Odissi dancer and spiritualist Reela Hota, the fest director, says the arts can be a vehicle for evolution. The festival, besides Hota's performance, includes qawwali by Qutbi brothers.
For more details, call 9811423444