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Delhi directors showcase best plays

art and culture Updated: Jan 23, 2012 20:04 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
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The stage is set for you to watch eight popular plays by renowned Delhi-based theatre directors, on a single platform. This theatre festival will present a bouquet of diverse theatrical performances to satisfy your artistic appetite.

Being presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad (SKP), the Bhartendu Natya Utsav will kick off in the city on Novem-ber 28. However, this year the annual event will be presented with a different approach. Instead of going through the usual route of selecting the best plays, the selection committee has chosen the best directors and given them the liberty to showcase any of their plays, which they consider as their best creation.

“Showcasing the best theatre performances under one roof to give a tremendous experience to the viewers is the main objective of this festival. The format, however, has been changed slightly. We are expecting good response from the public on this change,” says Shekhar Vaishnavi, secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad.

The eight-day long festival will open with a play titled Tyagpatra, directed by Rajender Nath. “The play is the first dramatised version of a short novel by old generation novelist, Jainenndra Kumar Jain. It is centred on a young woman tearing herself away from traditional social bonds and ends up exposing the false, artificial values of a smug, callous and decadent society,” says Nath, founder and director of theatre group, Abhiyan.

The adaptation of the novel into a script for the play was a difficult feat to achieve as the script had to be tweaked in order to appeal to contemporary audience. “The novel was published in 1937. It centres on a woman called Mrinal and her struggle to find space for herself and her desires within the constricted contours of traditional society. The story is told by Mrinal’s nephew Pramod, now a middle-aged and highly-regarded judge, who has just received news of her death,” he explains.

Theatre Schedule
November 28 - Tyagpatra (Rajender Nath)
November 29 - O (Sohela Kapoor)
November 30- Aadamzaat (Ranjit Kapoor)
December 1 - Vaapasi Ke Baad Ayodhya Babu (Devender Raj Ankur)
Decemer 5 - Garbh (Torit Mitra)
December 6 - Socrates (Baapi Bose)
December 7- Ek Inspector Se Mulakaat (Satish Anand)
December 8- Tamasha Na Hua (Bhanu Bharti)

Watch out for
What: Bhartendu Natya Utsav
When: Nov 28 - Dec 8
Where: Shri Ram Center for Performing Arts, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House
Contact: 011 23714307