The Old World Theatre Festival (OWTF) is back in the Capital with its 10th edition. Presented by Hindustan Times as part of the centenary celebrations of Delhi, the festival at India Habitat Centre (IHC) brings to you different genres of comedy - ranging from traditional to contemporary.
Titled, Festival of Humour, the event will kick off in Delhi on October 8. It will see stand up comedians, hasya kavis and a number of comedy plays. “Stand up comedy is really popular abroad, but in the past one year, it has risen in India as well. At the festival, we bring to our audience not just stand up comedies but some other popular genres such as story-telling and Sher-o- Shayari,” says Vidhyun Singh, director, programmes, IHC. This year, the people of Delhi will get to see Vir Das, Papa CJ, poet Ashok Chakradhar and Mahmood Farooqui at the event. Papa CJ will bring his performance, Great Comedy for a Great Cause, on October 13. “I will be performing with six other comedians from different parts of India. Our performance is not scripted and takes off on stage in an interactive session with the audience,” says CJ.
Another interesting feature about this festival is a workshop by Vir Das and his troupe on October 15. “We will teach youngsters impromptu stand up comedy,” says Das. On October 16, he will perform with his comedy rock band, Alien Chutney. “The performance is more of a rock show with funny song lyrics,” adds Das. This will be followed by a stand up comedy by Das.
Other performances lined up for the festival is a play, Bade Miya Deewane, which is based on Pakistani writer Janab Shaukat Thanvi’s script, Budhbhas. The event will also see OWTF’s regular feature of collegiate theatre where colleges like Sri Ram college of Commerce, St. Stephen’s and Kirori Mal will take the center stage.
College theatre schedule
October 8 and 9, The Experiment, by Sri Ram College of Commerce and Kya Baat Hai by Hindu College
October 10 and 11, The Lesson and Anna Weiss by St. Stephen’s
October 12 and 13, What a Mess! by Kirori Mal College and Class Enemy by Sri Ram College of Commerce
Catch them live
What: Festival of Humour
When: October 8 - October 16
Timing: 6 pm onwards
Where: Stein Auditorium and Amphitheatre, India Habitat
Centre, Lodhi road
Entry: Rs.350, Rs.250, Rs.100 and Rs.50