Premchand’s stories on stage

A festival in the city will feature 54 plays on the legendary writer.

art and culture Updated: Aug 03, 2010 14:35 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder
Jayeeta Mazumder
Hindustan Times

Dabbling with journalistic theatre, Ideal Drama & Entertainment Academy (IDEA) has always raised voice against injustice — be it the Jessica Lal murder case, tsunami cause, women empowerment or road safety. Since its inception in 2003, the theatre academy has associated itself with the city's NGOs, the Mumbai Traffic Police, and the BMC for several initiatives.

Now IDEA is back with a theatre festival on the legendary writer Munshi Premchand to commemorate his birth anniversary (July 31). Staging 54 plays in the city, Prem Utsav is a 10-day celebration. Some of the well-known plays include Eid Gaha, Gilli Danda, and Gareeb ki Haaye. The festival will later tour Ranchi, Hyderabad, Mysore and Bangalore.

Director of IDEA and a playwright himself, Mujeeb Khan says, “We’ve been conducting this festival for five years now. Premchand’s literature needs to be remembered. I’ve finished adapting 238 of his 283 stories,” Khan says. He promises that the remaining adaptations will be completed by next year.

PremchandKhan, who has directed over 300 plays in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Sindhi, thinks Premchand’s language of the common man should be brought to the stage time and again. The absence of an entry fee for the plays only emphasises his genuine concern.

IDEA also stages plays at the Bandra Family Court on the third Thursday of every month on family issues.

First Published: Aug 03, 2010 14:33 IST