Nepal relief: Call of duty for theatre lovers

  • Shivani Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 14, 2015 17:14 IST

The recent tragedies that hit Nepal, claiming lives and devastating households are still fresh in our minds. Now, the artistic circle has decided to contribute towards the rehabilitation of the affected. In an effort National School of Drama (NSD), with the support of the performing arts fraternity, is organising a nine-day theatre event titled Nepal Sadbhawna Natya Ayojan.

"As part of the artiste community, I believe reaching out to the victims and helping them in every possible way is essential and this effort on our part focuses to bring positive results," says Waman Kendre, director of NSD. The event will showcase 12 plays by eminent directors like Raj Basaria, Neelam Mansingh Chowdhury, Rajinder Nath, Bansi Kaul, MK Raina, and likes. The proceeds will be sent to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. The directors and groups will be performing without charging any fee or honorarium.

"It’s an attempt by the artistes to come together in all capacity to motivate people to help their neighbours and also be a step ahead in tracking down any potential threats in future,"says Suresh Bhardwaj, director of the play Chatuskone.

One of the most popular plays you can look forward to is Gazab Teri Adaa, directed by Kendre, which is inspired by Aristophanes' Lysistrata. The play revolves around the never ending aspiration for the expansion of kingdom and the constant battle. Koi Baat Chale, directed by Ramji Bali is a romantic comedy that revolves around Kanhiya Lal Bansi Prasad, a 35-year-old school drama teacher seeking the help of a marriage bureau to help him find a suitable life partner.

Catch it live
What: Nepal Sadbhawna Natya Aayojan
Where: National School of Drama, Bhagwandas Road
When: May 16-24
Timings: 3 pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue line

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