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The show has just begun...

art-and-culture Updated: Dec 03, 2010 01:09 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times
Highlight Story

The Old World theatre Festival is back and like every year, this time too the festival has a well planned list of professional and collegiate theatre. Presented by Hindustan Times, the festival opens with Lillete Dubey’s famous play Dance like a man. The play centers around an individual’s plight, where a dying form of art serves as the backdrop. Besides this, the festival will also see some spectacular performances from around the country ranging from classic forms to contemporary.

“The festival is about promoting theatre and getting the best of productions from different genres. After a thorough research we have got these plays to Delhi,” says Vidhyun Singh, the festival organiser.

Theatre lovers in the Capital will see a variety of plays such as Chehre [Faces] by SM Azhar Aalam and Oedipus Rex by Bijon Mondal. While Chehre examines the vices of alcoholism and the violence it possesses, along with insecurity, torture and uncertainties it creates in the mind of family members, Mondal’s play is the story of a man, unwittingly moving ever closer to the unhappy fate he is struggling mightily to avoid.

Another highlight of the festival is the play Salaam India. Inspired by Pavan Verma’s bestseller, Being Indian, and directed by Lushin Dubey, the play reflects on how India has made her transition from the trappings of the past to a more confident present.

And while the professional biggies will be busy enthralling the audience, students from Delhi University too will be put up their best theatre productions. “Collegiate theatre is a very integral part of our festival. We get a great response from campus and the quality of performances is unmatchable,” says Singh.

The festival is on till December 12 at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road and Epicentre at Apparel House, Sector 44, Gurgaon. For tickets contact: 9990303802

Festival Line-up
Dance like a man by Lillete Dubey
3rd December at IHC, 7.30 pm and 9.15 pm
Chehre by SM Azhar Aalam
6th December at Epicentre, 7.30 pm
4th and 5th December at IHC, 7.15 pm
Salaam India by Lushin Dubey
4th and 5th December at Epicentre, 7.30 pm
6th and 7th December at IHC, 7 pm
Oedipus Rex by Bijon Mandal
7th December at Epicentre, 7.30 pm
8th and 9th December at IHC, 7 pm
Mamtaz Bhai Patangwale by Manav Kaul
9th and 12th December at Epicentre, 7.30 pm
10th and 11th December at IHC, 7 pm
One on one
10th and 11th December at Epicentre, 7.30 pm
12th December at IHC, 4 pm and 7 pm
Collegiate theatre will take place at IHC. 7 pm (Dec 3-12)