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Piyush Mishra returned to theatre this year with his musical, Gagan Damama Bajyo; location courtesy: Prithvi Theatre(Brahms Dirsipo)

Dear 2020: Piyush Mishra’s open letter to the coming year

Hindustan Times | By Piyush Mishra
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 11:05 PM IST
I want artists to become more responsible and not use their creative freedom to peddle soft-porn
Shweta Gulati
Shweta Gulati

‘People are more enthusiastic about theatre in Delhi than Mumbai’

Mumbai | By Sanskrita Bharadwaj
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2019 06:38 PM IST
Actor Shweta Gulati opens up about why she enjoys theatre more
‘Theatre is rooted in the real world, and that is probably its greatest strength,’ Palekar says.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)
‘Theatre is rooted in the real world, and that is probably its greatest strength,’ Palekar says.(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)

‘I’m back to my second love, acting,’ says Amol Palekar

Hindustan Times | By Madhusree Ghosh
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2019 03:29 PM IST
The 75-year-old painter-actor-director returns to the stage after 25 years. There is no substitute for live performance, he says.
The Peppa Pig Musical showcased the world of Peppa’s fun and magic.(Instagram)
The Peppa Pig Musical showcased the world of Peppa’s fun and magic.(Instagram)

A kids’ musical lends a distinctive theatrical experience

Mumbai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 06:38 PM IST
On the occasion of Children’s Day, celebrities thronged to watch the Peppa Pig Musical
Vice President India Venkaiah Naidu.(HT file)
Vice President India Venkaiah Naidu.(HT file)

Theatre, art should be part of school curriculum, says Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON OCT 24, 2019 12:56 PM IST
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme-DHRUV, Vice President Naidu said India needs a scientific renaissance and cultural revitalization as both science and culture are essential for any civilization to flourish.

Theatre needs relatable content, says Darsheel Safary

Mumbai | By Sanskrita Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 02:21 PM IST
Actor Darsheel Safary feels for theatre to reach out to more people, especially the youth, the content has to become more relatable.
Hiten Tejwani recently played secretary to Sanjay Dutt’s character in Kalank.(Vikas Sarwin)
Hiten Tejwani recently played secretary to Sanjay Dutt’s character in Kalank.(Vikas Sarwin)

Theatre gives courage to an actor to face the camera: Hiten Tejwani

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 11:53 AM IST
Theatre gives you courage to act, because when you can act in front of a live audience, you can do anything in front of the camera.
Anu Menon
Anu Menon

The rehearsal process in theatre is sacrosanct: Anu Menon

Mumbai | By Gayathri Menon
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2019 06:51 PM IST
When you get something dark, a little cunning, it adds a lot of excitement.(Ramya Ramdas)
When you get something dark, a little cunning, it adds a lot of excitement.(Ramya Ramdas)

Theatre, always terrifying: Actor Arif Zakaria

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Naina Arora
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 12:52 PM IST
Actor Arif Zakaria talks about theatre and dark characters.

‘Theatre in the city has become very competitive’

Mumbai | By Gayathri Menon
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2019 06:46 PM IST
Catch the play, Salaam Noni Appa starring Lilete Dubey, which will be staged tomorrow
Coming from a family of theatre actors, Shernaz has seen a lot of changes in the city’s theatre scene over the years.
Coming from a family of theatre actors, Shernaz has seen a lot of changes in the city’s theatre scene over the years.

Audiences keep the magic of theatre alive: Shernaz Patel

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Gayathri Menon
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 01:25 PM IST
Talking about being on stage, Shernaz says that it is the live medium keeps her going.
Piiyush Singh(HT)
Piiyush Singh(HT)

‘We are trying our best to bring good cinema to theatres’

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By S Farah Rizvi, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2019 03:02 PM IST
Lucknow’s Piiyush Singh is on a roll these days. The film producer and award organiser feels that good scripts should be supported with all heart and soul. During his recent visit to his hometown, Piiyush spoke about his work, Lucknow connect and more.

Theatre is my sacred place, says Jim Sarbh

Mumbai | By Sanskrita Bharadwaj
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2019 05:01 PM IST
Actor Jim Sarbh talks about how he feels at home when he is doing theatre.
Former Bhartendu Natya Academy director Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)
Former Bhartendu Natya Academy director Surya Mohan Kulshreshtha(Dheeraj Dhawan/HT Photo)

After 55 yrs in theatre, he feels the needs to understand it better

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Deep Saxena, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2019 05:47 PM IST
The “bachcha-party” years went by and he added vocals and movement to his performance. After five decades in theatre, he feels theatre is a deep sea and to reach its bottom, he will need to dive deeper.
Originally slated for a May 1 release, Mr Local will now hit theatres on May 17.
Originally slated for a May 1 release, Mr Local will now hit theatres on May 17.

Sivakarthikeyan’s Mr. Local gets new release date, will hit theatres on May 17

By Karthik Kumar
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2019 07:44 PM IST
The film stars Nayanthara as the leading lady - her second collaboration with Sivakarthikeyan after last year’s Velaikkaran.
BJP chief Amit Shah attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi after he took a pot shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing successful test of anti-satellite missile by Indian scientists on Wednesday.(PTI)
BJP chief Amit Shah attacked Congress president Rahul Gandhi after he took a pot shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing successful test of anti-satellite missile by Indian scientists on Wednesday.(PTI)

‘Nation’s a stage’: Amit Shah’s riposte to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘theatre’ jibe over Mission Shakti

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 05:30 PM IST
BJP president Amit Shah countered Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s jibe at PM Modi over Mission Shakti saying the entire nation is a stage for the Opposition leader.
Mumbai: Actress Kalki Koechlin during the launch of her upcoming web series "Made In Heaven" at Amazon Prime Video in Mumbai, on March 7, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)
Mumbai: Actress Kalki Koechlin during the launch of her upcoming web series "Made In Heaven" at Amazon Prime Video in Mumbai, on March 7, 2019. (Photo: IANS)(IANS)

Theatre will always exist but on the fringes: Kalki Koechlin on World Theatre Day

Mumbai | By Kavita Awaasthi
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 04:43 PM IST
On World Theatre Day tomorrow, Kalki Koechlin talks about the importance of theatre in the digital era; adds it will never die
Manoj Pahwa
Manoj Pahwa

Nanihal Lko, films, theatre and Manoj Pahwa

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Deep Saxena
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 02:42 PM IST
Manoj Pahwa has shot multiple movies in Lucknow in the last few years — ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, ‘Shaadi Main Zaroor Aana’, ‘Mulk’, ‘Abhi To Party Shuru Hui Hai’, ‘Pind Daan’ and now, is shooting for ‘Article 15’.
Savi Sidhu says he became very lonely after his family members died.
Savi Sidhu says he became very lonely after his family members died.

Savi Sidhu on working as a security guard: ‘It’s a tough job. Watching films in theatre is a dream now’

Indo Asian News Service | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 05:33 PM IST
Savi Sidhu, an actor who has worked in films like Black Friday, Gulaal and Patiala House, is working as a security guard in Mumbai now.
Rehearsals of Death and the Maiden are on in full swing
Rehearsals of Death and the Maiden are on in full swing

Theatre: The timeless appeal of Death and the Maiden

Hindustan Times | By Lubna Salim
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 11:07 PM IST
Why is this 35-year-old psychological thriller by Ariel Dorfman relevant even today?
Why a novel, and why this one? Growing up in and around Bandra, Vivaan says, he found the lives of the neighbourhood gangsters fascinating. ‘I also want to write so as to generate my own employment,’ he adds. ‘I don’t want to be at the mercy of my phone.’(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)
Why a novel, and why this one? Growing up in and around Bandra, Vivaan says, he found the lives of the neighbourhood gangsters fascinating. ‘I also want to write so as to generate my own employment,’ he adds. ‘I don’t want to be at the mercy of my phone.’(Aalok Soni / HT Photo)

I don’t live in my father’s shadow, I live under his light, says Vivaan Shah

Hindustan Times | By Madhusree Ghosh
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 01:13 PM IST
The newly minted author, son of actors Naseeruddin and Ratna Pathak Shah, has a crime thriller out. It’s called Living Hell and is about a gangster named Nadeem Chipkali falsely accused of murder.
Artists of Behroopiya Entertainers Theatre Group during rehearsal of a play at sector-56, in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Artists of Behroopiya Entertainers Theatre Group during rehearsal of a play at sector-56, in Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/Hindustan Times)

Women power: Changing narratives via the stage in Gurugram

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Kankana Roy Jain
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 11:50 AM IST
From founding theatre groups, donning the director’s hat, essaying roles of stage manager and costume designer to penning compelling scripts and channelising difficult characters on stage, women in the city are playing a pivotal role in crafting a compelling cultural narrative for the city, one act at a time.
(From left) Film-maker Govind Nihalani: Jabbar Patel, chairman and director, Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), and actor Rohini Hattangadi at PIFF forum at City pride Kothrud on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/ HT Photo)
(From left) Film-maker Govind Nihalani: Jabbar Patel, chairman and director, Pune International Film Festival (PIFF), and actor Rohini Hattangadi at PIFF forum at City pride Kothrud on Friday.(Sanket Wankhade/ HT Photo)

Pune International Film Festival 2019: NSD made my training in theatre stronger, says actor Hattangadi

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2019 05:04 PM IST
The actor said that she was selected by director Richard over actors like Bhakti Barve and Smita Patil for she came closest to Kasturba’s role.
Anjan Srivastav was in the Capital for a play, Kahani Teri Meri, directed by Atul Satya Koushik.
Anjan Srivastav was in the Capital for a play, Kahani Teri Meri, directed by Atul Satya Koushik.

Theatre is an essential part of my life, I have been doing it for 50 years: Anjan Srivastav

Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Garg, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 11, 2019 12:40 PM IST
Veteran actor, Anjan Srivastav, who was in Delhi for a play recently, spoke about doing theatre for over 50 years, good ol’ days in Delhi and his undying passion for acting
Two decades ago, it was inconceivable for actors to be shared between theatre groups. Today that Laxman Rekha has dissolved(Aalok Soni/ Hindustan Times)
Two decades ago, it was inconceivable for actors to be shared between theatre groups. Today that Laxman Rekha has dissolved(Aalok Soni/ Hindustan Times)

India’s theatre culture is undergoing a sea change

By Sanjna Kapoor
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 05:23 PM IST
Theatre people and audiences have realised that they need to find more intimate and direct ways of reaching out to one another
Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. A British court has ordered that charismatic Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya should face extradition to India on financial fraud allegations. (File Photo)(AP)
Indian businessman Vijay Mallya speaks to the media as he leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. A British court has ordered that charismatic Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya should face extradition to India on financial fraud allegations. (File Photo)(AP)

Mallya to caste: When London became a theatre of Indian politics in 2018

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 08:18 PM IST
The Vijay Mallya extradition saga rolled on throughout the year, while the cut-and-thrust of domestic politics was reflected in two high-profile visits: the April visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Commonwealth Summit, and the August visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
While most actors treat theatre as a stepping stone to Bollywood, Makarand Deshpande, even after giving some stellar performances in mainstream Hindi films prides himself to be a theatre actor first ; Location courtesy: Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai ; Shirt, Mufti; suit, Louis Philippe.(Prabhat Shetty)
While most actors treat theatre as a stepping stone to Bollywood, Makarand Deshpande, even after giving some stellar performances in mainstream Hindi films prides himself to be a theatre actor first ; Location courtesy: Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai ; Shirt, Mufti; suit, Louis Philippe.(Prabhat Shetty)

Theatre Special by Makarand Deshpande: 10 reasons why drama is syrup for the soul

Hindustan Times | By Makarand Deshpande
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2018 10:54 PM IST
The most distinctive face on Indian stage tells you why you should watch a play tonight
Danish Khan, a member of Rangviyanak Rangmandal theatre group in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) is seen rehearsing for his part in the play, Abhimanyu.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Danish Khan, a member of Rangviyanak Rangmandal theatre group in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) is seen rehearsing for his part in the play, Abhimanyu.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The story of theatre’s coming-of-age in small town India

Hindustan Times | By Danish Raza
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 10:22 AM IST
A quiet revolution is sweeping the hinterland—more and more theatre enthusiasts are coming together in group and performing plays regularly
A still from the play, ‘When I Will Become A Cloud by Belarus’ Gomel Puppet theatre. The play is a story of hope in dark times or love and sacrifice for children and humanity.(HT PHOTO)
A still from the play, ‘When I Will Become A Cloud by Belarus’ Gomel Puppet theatre. The play is a story of hope in dark times or love and sacrifice for children and humanity.(HT PHOTO)

Iapar theatre festival in Pune lets children take centre stage

Hindustan Times, Pune | By Prachi Bari
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2018 03:02 PM IST
As the show began, children as well as adults were seen interacting, clapping hands and laughing out loud with every tiny tale being staged
Minissha Lamba is making her theatre debut in Delhi.
Minissha Lamba is making her theatre debut in Delhi.

Minissha Lamba: Would be great if I get to perform theatre in Miranda House

Hindustan Times | By Henna Rakheja, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 07:44 PM IST
Actor Minissha Lamba, an alumna of DU’s Miranda House, is set to make her theatre debut in Delhi with the play Mirror Mirror.
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