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Some more drama

It’s the sixth day of the 13th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, which is being held by the National School of Drama (NSD). There are still 10 days and 61 plays to go.

art and culture Updated: Jan 12, 2011 02:12 IST
Namya Sinha

It’s the sixth day of the 13th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, which is being held by the National School of Drama (NSD). There are still 10 days and 61 plays to go. Here’s a guide to a few of the many plays, still to be performed.

Forest

and

He who Burns

, two plays from United States of America. This is for the first time that United States of America is participating in Bharat Rang Mahotsav. “I have been coming to India for the past 15 years.



The play

He who Burns

premiered here at NSD in 2006 and I choreographed it,” says Wendy Jehlen, choreographer and director of the play. The play has text in Urdu, English and Korean and is a melange of dance, text, video, music together through which they explore the figure of Iblis (Satan), as understood in Sufi traditions. The texts have been taken through Sufi poetry. The group is also presenting a non-verbal production called

Forest

. The play is dedicated to Brother Blue, an Afro-American storyteller and it explores... well, the forest.



When

: Jan 14


Where

: Abhimanch


Time

: 9.30pm



Rabindranath TagoreBisarjan, from Kolkata


Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel,

Rajarshi

, this Bengali play is directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay. “Many directors have tried it. The play shows the conflict between a priest and a king that leads to tragedy,” says Mukhopadhyay.



When

: Jan 12


Where

: Kamani Auditorium Time: 7pm



Khwabon Ke Musafir

, from Pakistan


Directed by Zia Mohyeddin and based on story by Urdu writer Intizar Hussain, the story revolves around a middle class Muslim family. It deals with clashes between different cultural lineages that migrants from different regions brought with them to Pakistan. The play is in Urdu.



When

: Jan 14


Where

: Kamani Auditorium


Time

: 7pm



Brecht — The Hardcore Machine, from Serbia


Based on German playwright and theatre director Bertolt Brecht’s famous poem

Buckower Elegies

, the play tells the story of a young working girl who enters the wonderful world of ideology and corporeality. In the play, the body acts while physical action evokes dramatic and historic contents. The play that will be in Hungarian language, will have english subtitles.



When

: Jan 19


Where

: LTG Auditorium


Time

: 5.30pm



All about Love, from Ukraine


A first time participant, the team from Ukraine’s production — presented through animation, puppet show and plastic drama — will use classic literature to understand the values of human life. The play is in Ukrainian language.



When

: Jan 20


Where

: Abhimanch Time: 9.30 pm