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A dramatic start to the year

None   January 08, 2013
First Published: 19:46 IST(8/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:54 IST(9/1/2013)

If you crave to watch a new play in the Capital everyday then Akshara Theatre is the answer you are looking for. The theatre group has tied up with various drama groups such as Saksham Arts, Anusaar, Epic Shit Entertainment and Asmita Theatre Group to bring new productions to the city every night. “With this new initiative, we are renewing our commitment to performance theatre every night,” says Anasuya Vaidya, co-director, Akshara Theatre.

“These will also include showcasing short films, music performances, poetry recitations and more,” she adds. A step towards the same is the ongoing film festival at Akshara Theatre on till January 10. The festival is showcasing short documentaries like Music Alive, Corruption and The Common directed by Gopal Sharman and Jalabala Vaidya among others. 
Apart from its Broadway version of the Ramayana, Akshara Theatre will be performing new plays like Gandhi’s Gita — Anasakti based on Mahatma Gandhi’s version of the Bhagavad Gita. Also, beginning next month, they have a host of plays in different languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, English and Hindi as part of the Festival of Four Languages starting from February 7 till 10.

No fear, Shakespeare
Sir William Shakespeare is to drama what air is to lungs. But what trumps even the best of actors is how to understand, and project what the master meant when he concocted his margaritas. So for city theatre enthusiasts who want to unravel and demystify the complexity of the Bard’s characters from some of his famous plays, this is your chance. A five-day workshop, being organised by the theatre group Saanjha Sapna, which will conducted by 23-year-old American theatre artist Trip Venturella intends to create a, “body of skills to bring Shakespeare’s characters to life, with a focus on techniques to connect to Shakespeare’s text in an authentic way”.
In India since last year, Venturella has acted and directed plays in Chicago, New York, Kashmir and Delhi.

FACT FILE
Performance every night
When: 7pm onwards daily
Where: Akshara Theatre, 11B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk on the Yellow line

Shakespeare in Delhi
Where: Sri Ram Center for the Performing Arts
When: Jan 14 to 18, 6 to 9pm
Entry: R3,000 per person.
To sign up, email at:
shakespeare.delhi@gmail.com

Chetna Dua and Shibani Bedi


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