Bringing together the best of theatre talent from across city colleges, Indian People’s Theatre Association’s (IPTA) inter-collegiate drama competition will hold its finals tomorrow. Currently in its 40th year, the competition for one-act Hindi/Urdu/Hindu-stani plays will see six theatre teams competing for the top spot.
“Every year, theatre teams enthusiastically look forward to this event because it’s one of the oldest and most prestigious competition that scouts for young talent. In the past, it has launched careers of many established theatre personalities who are successful in their field today,” says theatre actor Nivedita Baunthiyal, general secretary, IPTA Mumbai. Sixteen teams had participated in the elimination round that was held from September 12-14, and judged by theatre critic and director Iqbal Niyazi and actors Rajan Kapur and Rashmi Sharma.
The finals will feature plays by students from Mithibai, NM, Ruparel, Patkar, MD and Nagindas Khandwala colleges. “The standard of performance is rising every year. This time, the scripts are more innovative with newer stories. And some of the actors have been really exceptional,” adds Baunthiyal.
Dayee Bayee, a play by NM College, revolves around the story of a pair of chappals (slippers). In an attempt to see the world through their eyes, the play also conveys a social and political message. Mithibai College’s play, Rishta Vahi Soch Nai looks at the tension-ridden relationship between an orthodox father and forward-thinking son.
ICU, a play by MD College, looks at the inevitability of death in the human life. The competition was started in 1972 in the memory of legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor. This year, IPTA will launch a yearbook which will include the journey of the competition in the last 40 years. An album titled Kabir, containing the celebrated poet’s composition sung by IPTA’s choir, with music directed by Kuldeep Singh, will also be released tomorrow at the finals.