Ten famous plays, including Vijay Tendulkar's 'Ghasiram Kotwal', Shakespeare's 'Othello' and Orhan Pamuk's 'Main Istanbul Hoon' will be staged as part of the National School of Drama's Repertory Summer Festival from May 21.
The festival will begin with Ballave Narahari Shastri's play 'Sadarame'.
Besides 'Ghasiram Kotwal', Tendulkar's 'Jaat Hi Poocho Sadhu Ki' will also be staged. 'Ghasiram Kotwal', directed by Rajinder Nath and acclaimed internationally for its innovative content and presentation, had raised a lot of controversy over the depiction of the historical character of Nana Phadnavis, a revered statesman during the Peshwa rule in Maharashtra.
The other plays to be staged are Bhavabhuti's 'Uttaramcharit', Prasanna's 'Acharya Tartuffe', Nadira Zaheer Babbar's '1857: Ek Safarnama', Chandrashekhar Phansalkar's 'Ram Naam Satya Hai', and Asif Ali Haider's 'Kafka: Ek Adhay'.
Started in 1964, NSD Repertory Company is the institution's professional performing wing, responsible for introducing contemporary and modern productions in the country and abroad.
'Kafka: Ek Adhay' is set in a sanatorium where Kafka is admitted for treatment of tuberculosis, and his girlfriend Felicia has visited to meet him. The ward boy enters into Kafka's room to inform him about Felicia who is waiting to see Kafka. But Kafka is in the bathroom and from here on the play begins its journey into past, into his relationships with mother, Dora, Felicia, Ottla and his father.