For the first time ever, Laila-Majnu’s struggle for love, a patriarchal society’s fixation with a male child, characters of Saadat Hasan Manto and more such subjects will come alive on stage with the 30th edition of Bhartendu Natya Utsav, that kicks off in the Capital tomorrow.
Being presented by Sahitya Kala Parishad, the cultural wing of the Delhi Government, the eight-day festival will feature an array of plays from celebrated directors, such as Salima Raza, Sohaila Kapoor and Bapi Bose, highlighting a range of issues.“Right from its inception, the Utsav has been loved and appreciated by theatre lovers. It is a delight for us to provide a platform to actors, directors and playwrights to showcase their art to the people who yearn for good visual performances,” says J P Singh of Sahitya Kala Parishad. The fest will start with the story of star-crossed lovers Laila Majnu. Written by Natharam Gaur and directed by Anil Chaudhary, the play depicts the well-known love saga, sans dialogues.
Another interesting watch will be Chitralekha, based on the novel by the same name by Bhagwati Charan Verma. The play has been directed by Surendra Sharma.
Other plays that will be staged at the festival include, Ek Kutte ki Kahaani, directed by Salima Raza; Kissa Maujpur Ka directed by Chitra Singh; Metamorphosis directed by Kusum Haider; Anaavrit, written and directed by Torit Mitra and Seventeenth July by Baapi Bose.
Catch it live...
What: Bhartendu Natya Utsav
When: March 18-23
Where: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House
Timing: 6.30 pm onwards
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line