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‘Inadequate funds are a major challenge’

The suburban cultural hub, Prithvi Theatre, shuts down for a couple of months for renovations, the management confirms that the theatre festival (held in November), will not be held this year.

art and culture Updated: Sep 30, 2011 15:35 IST

Like last year’s no show, city theatregoers may have to go on another year without their annual dose of drama. The suburban cultural hub, Prithvi Theatre, shuts down for a couple of months for renovations, the management confirms that the theatre festival (held in November), will not be held this year.

Sanjana Kapoor, director of Prithvi Theatre and daughter of actors Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kapoor, says, “As things stand now, we need to undergo building maintenance and repairs, which needs immediate attention in November. This means that we will not be able to host the Prithvi Theatre Festival this year.”

The iconic theatre, which opened doors in 1978, has been hosting the theatre festival for over three decades now. And although, in the past, the festival has been postponed on two occasions — one in 1984, when Jennifer Kapoor passed away and the other in 1994 due to the Surat bubonic plague — this is the first time they have cancelled the event entirely.

Theatregoers may have found some solace last year in UK-based Complicite’s production, A Disappearing Number, but there are no plans of bringing another international production to town, this time around. Ask Sanjana if funding is still a concern, and she replies, “Of course, inadequate funds are a major challenge and will always be. But it can’t stop one from dreaming.”