Feminism is funny?
Pandies' Theatre, a Delhi-based group, has been engaging with various social issues for over two decades, with a bias towards women and child rights. Continuing their two- decade-long tradition of staging plays that treat women’s issues as more than just footnotes in public policy, the group brings to Sri Ram Centre its latest offering titled Sarkari Feminism.
Scripted by novelist and English Literature professor at Delhi University Anuradha Marwah, the play explores the state's approach to feminism through dark humour. Based on the theatre groups' experiences with government bodies, the play looks at the role played by middle class centric activism, in a "distant but still reflexive mode". Directed by Sanjay Kumar, the play seeks to confront its audience by implicating it in the victimisation of women, thereby seeking to involve it in a hunt for a more enabling role for itself.
Daily from October 29 to 31, 7 at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House. Tickets will be available at venue. For more information, call Sanjay Kumar: 9811147241
Soccer in Kashmir
Last month, a journalist friend was chatting with Mehrajuddin Wadoo, Kashmir's best known footballer. Stone throwing was at its peak and the death count was rising. Wadoo's tone made it evident he was concerned about the situation back home — "If I wasn't a footballer, I would have been a stone thrower".
The story came to mind in the context of Oscar nominated director Ashvin Kumar's latest offering. Inshallah Football, a story about stone pelters, football and Kashmir.
Produced by Giulia Achilli and Ashvin Kumar and co-produced by Jaaved Jafferi, the documentary was the official selection for international film festivals in Korea and Dubai.
Watch the screening of this tale about a Kashmiri footballer refused a passport because his farther was a militant at:
India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road on November 2 at 7 pm. For more, log on ro facebook.com/pages/Inshallah-Football