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On stage this summer...

NSD’s annual theatre festival presents a mix of new and old Hindi plays.

art and culture Updated: Jun 04, 2011 01:56 IST
Namya Sinha

There is not much one can do in the summer, but theatre aficionados have a reason to cheer, as the National School of Drama (NSD) hosts its annual Summer Theatre Festival 2011. All the plays are in Hindi and each one of them is being showcased over a period of few days, ensuring that you won’t miss out on you favourite one.

“It is a festival of NSD Repertory Company. Regular artists of NSD are part of the various plays that will be showcased. This is a regular feature of NSD that happens every year in which new and old plays are shown. These are plays that have been performed all over the country,” says Suresh Sharma of NSD who has also directed the play Kafka - Ek Adhyay, to be shown at the festival.

“It is the autobiographical work of Franz Kafka. The main idea originated from Kafka’s letter to his father. The play is all about his personal life and writings. It starts with his death and goes back in flashback,” says Sharma.

The plays that will be shown in this festival include those that have been shown earlier, as well as new creations. One such play is Begum Ka Takia, which was directed by Ranjit Kapoor, and was first showcased in 1977. “This was my first play as a director when I had joined the Repertory. Over the years, the cast of the play kept on changing. It was during the golden jubilee celebrations of NSD that it was decided to revive the old plays. I was asked to revive Begum ka Takia and it was only last year that this play was showcased for the first time after its revival,” he says.

“Blood Wedding is originally a Spanish Play written by Federico Garcia Lorca. Cultures of both India and Spain are very similar when it comes to certain aspects of the society. The play traveled quite well except for minor changes to suit Indian culture,” says Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry, director of the play Blood Wedding.


Kafka — Ek Adhyay
Director: Suresh Sharma
Language: Hindi
Date and time: June 13 to June 16, 7pm
Where: Sammukh Auditorium

Blood wedding
Director: Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry
Language: Hindi
Date and time: June 4 (3.30pm, 7pm), June 5 (3.30pm, 7pm)
Where: Kamani Auditorium

Begum Ka Takia
Director: Ranjit Kapoor
Language: Hindi
Date and time: June 10 (7pm), June 11 (3.30pm, 7pm), June 12 (3.30pm, 7pm)
Where: Kamani Auditorium

Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu ki
Director: Rajinder Nath
Language: Hindi
Date and time: June 6 to June 9, 7pm
Where: Sammukh Auditorium

Other plays to watch out for:
Bechara Maara Gaya
Date and time: 5th June, 7.30pm
Where: Epicentre, Sector-44, Gurgaon
Tickets: Available at BookMyShow.com or call 39895050 Tel: 0124- 2715000

Ek Mamuli Aadmi
Date and time: 5th June, 7.30pm onwards
Where: Amphitheatre, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
Nearest metro station: Khan Market
Tickets: Available at the venue before the show for R50 Tel: 9911013630

Jis Lahore Nai Dekhya O Jamyai Nai
Date and time: 4th-5th June, 6.30pm
Where: Sri Ram Centre, 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House
Tickets: Available at the venue before the show Tel: 011- 23714307

Buy and watch Entry: Buy ticket on advance booking
Tickets available at: NSD Repertory, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road
For enquiries call: 011-23383420
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the blue line