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Ibsen in Delhi

art-and-culture Updated: Nov 26, 2010 02:31 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Henrik Ibsen, one of the most popular Norwegian playwright and theatre director ever, is all set to capture the Delhi audience at the IBSEN festival 2010. The festival will witness some of the mind-boggling performances by Indian, as well as international artists.

“When I was in Norway, I realised that Ibsen was deeply connected to traditional folklore of Norway and I had wanted to link that with Indian culture. So we decided to rope in some of the biggest names in the field of theatre and music,” says Nissar Allana, director, IBSEN festival.

The popular play Lady from the Sea will see a very unique Indian adaptation and will be called Mareechka. “I approached Ila Arun and asked her if she would do an Ibsen play in traditional Rajasthani culture. The play will set in the desert,” says Allana.

What will make this year’s festival even more interesting, will be the traditional forms of Indian theatre, connected to the plays of Ibsen.

Popular theatre personality B Jayshree will do a Kannad adaptation of the play, The Master Builder and it will be called Balura Gudikara. The play connects the old Kannada form of theatre with Ibsen’s work.

“Ibsen lovers should not miss out on the premier of the festival. For the first time in India, one of his best works, The Mountain Bird, will be staged,” Allana said. All the plays will have English subtitles.

When: November 30 to December 10
Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg
Contact: 8826384405/8826286191.
Tickets can also be bought at the venue.