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Stage season

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav opens in Delhi on January 7.

art and culture Updated: Jan 05, 2011 02:51 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

The Bharat Rang Mahotsav or Theatre Utsav, as it is popularly known, is back with a bang. Anually organised by National School of Drama (NSD), the festival has the credit of being the biggest theatre festival of Asia. In its 13th edition, Delhi’s theatre lovers will gather at the Drama School and other venues like Sri Ram Centre and Kamani auditorium in Mandi House to see some of the most experimental and innovative performances from India and abroad, like France, England and Germany. “This is for the first time that there is such a large component from Latin America,” says Anuradha Kapoor, director, NSD.

The festival that begins in the Capital on January 7, has over 80 plays spread over two weeks. It will open with playwright Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor, a play that has been directed by many renowned theatre directors. Directed by Anup Hazarika, Charandas Chor is about a thief who promises his guru that he will never tell a lie.

Other performances lined up for the fest are playwright Girish Karnad’s Bikhre Bimb and Dharamveer Bharati’s Suraj Ka Saatwan Ghoda (both are in Hindi) alongside world classics like Ibsen’s Lady of the Sea.

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, director Neelam Mansingh has initiated the celebrations with Streer Patra (A Wife’s Letter), while Suman Mukhopadyay has directed a powerful new version of Bisarjan, a famous poem by the Bengali poet.

Beside plays from India, the Theatre Utsav will be hosting 23 productions drawn from 20 countries. One attraction under the international segment will be an offering of contemporary plays from France.

Another draw during the festival is a live installation performance, The Garbage Project, directed by Harish Khanna. It’s an exploration of life in garbage, those who create and those who live in it. “It will include four improvised performances spread over four days,” says Khanna. The director has also shot a video that will be played along with the performance.