The four-day Chandigarh Humour Festival titled ‘Ulta Pulta’, organised by the Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi dedicated to laughter legend Jaspal Bhatti commenced at the Tagore theatre here on Thursday.
Akademi chairperson GS Channi welcomed chief guest UT adviser Vijay Dev, who inaugurated the festival and later blessed the artists in presence of Savita Bhatti.
While both the opening solo performances of Comedy Magic and Madbeth staged in entirely innovative manner were without a conventional story line, script or sequences but both actors deftly hold the audience through spontaneous interactions with them.
Young dynamic comedy virtuoso Manas Tayal presented various items of magic involving the audience. He performed the rope trick, magic of cards, balloons and more to delight the youngsters. Tayal offered a rare blend of magic and comedy through his eloquence and intelligent expressions in English.
Rupesh Tillu of Theatre Act, Mumbai, however shined with interactive physical comedy Madbeth, inspired by Shakespeare classic Macbeth. Tillu performed various roles, that of Macbeth- a general in the army of King Duncan of Scotland, Lady Macbeth, and later Queen of Scotland, close friend Banquo, the three witches, Duncan-King of Scotland Malcolm.
Saif Mehmmod will speak on ‘Humour in Urdu poetry and Deepal Joshi will stage ‘Tale of two treaties’ on Friday.