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Kalaa Yane Andhera - Indie Productions Ahmedabad (2)
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KAALA YANE ANDHERA

 

Playwright: Paresh Vyas
Director: Kabir Thakore
Group: Indie Productions, Ahmedabad
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr

 

The Play

Kaala Yane Andhera revolves around 3 different shades of life or people. Kelkar, a forgotten painter, known for his passion and artistic brilliance; and his two students, Raju who thinks nothing is bigger than money, and Krishnan who follows Kelkar’s footsteps and thinks artistically.

The play begins with Kelkar working in the dark corner of his house, secluded from the world; Raju winning national award for his painting; and Krishnan lost in the journey. An unexpected visit by Raju after 5 years unravels many secrets, some pleasant, some shocking.
Crippled in different ways, can expression find its voice? Can we break the chains that hold us back when it isn’t only an internal struggle but also an environmental hostility?


Director’s Note

We as a theatre group strive to bring forth the contemporary issues of the society. The production Kaala Yane Andhera was an outburst, a reaction to the two-faced society which recognizes an artist only after death, a society which can never support an artist during his/her existence. It was also an outburst to the ongoing attacks on the artist community. The play conveys that freedom of expression can be turned into reality only when the society as a whole takes a stand against anti-social elements that create ruckus and make artists their soft targets for the sake of their power game.

 

The Director

Kabir Thakore is an architect by profession and a theatre person by passion. He has written and directed more than 15 plays and has worked in amateur theatre with students of various colleges for youth festivals, competitions and theatre festivals. He has won many awards & recognitions. Kabir is the co-founder of Indie Productions and the convener of Rangmandal, a 75 year-old theatre group of Ahmedabad. He has conducted theatre courses and workshops for various organisations. He is also the founder member of Samvedan Sanskrutik Manch (an NGO for development of oppressed with the help of theatre and cultural activity), and Filmograph (an NGO organizing events of meaningful cinema for youth). He has been awarded a scholarship by the central government under the National Talent Search Scholarship.

 

The Playwright

Paresh Vyas is an Ahmedabad based writer and media consultant. He has written a Gujarati film Passport in 2016 which was critically acclaimed. He has also written a dance-drama which was performed in Germany on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of Herman Hesse. He won the best writer’s award at Transmedia, Mumbai for the play Ha Me Tane Chahi Che Jindagi.

 

The Group

Indie Productions is a theatre group based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat which collaborates with small theatre groups, actors, writers and directors and brings them together on one stage. The group consists primarily of part-time actors, who act for their passion or for the idea of delivering a message, and at the same time are experts in their own fields like architecture, designing, accounting, management etc. The team has staged many productions and has performed at renowned theatre festivals and platforms. The focus of all the productions is to highlight the contemporary issues in the society in a dramatic way and create awareness.

 

Cast & Credits

Raju Shah Vishal Shah
Vinay Subhash Kelkar Shivam Parekh
K. K. Kabir Thakore
Krishnan Deep Patel
Stri Prostitute Pooja Purohit
Politician Kailash Shahdadpuri
Police Prashant Jangid
P. A., Politician Nilay Goradia, Tushar Sharma, Suraj Nayak, Jeet Patel
Student 1 Shruhad Goswami
Student 2 Radhika Buddhbhatti
Student 3 Aniket Parmar
Constable Yash Varan
Reporter Neha Shah
Party Worker Aditya Trivedi, Paresh Vyas
   
Stage Manager Savan Zalariya
Music Assistant Suraj Nayak
Light Assistant Jeet Patel
Music Operator Saurabh Joshi
Light Operator Bhavya Doshi
   
Playwright                              Paresh Vyas
Director                                  Kabir Thakore

 

Contacts

Director, Indie Productions

17, Suhasnagar Society, near Dinesh hall

Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat- 380009

M: +91 8648888848

E: deepp2301@gmail.com

W: www.indieproductions.in
Fb: www.facebook.com/indie.product

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All Plays Assamese Indian Plays

JONA GABHORU

Playwright & Director: Probin Kumar Saikia
Group: Panchasur, Guwahati
Language: Assamese
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

 

The Play

The ballad of Jona Gabhuru is the tale of a young hero who goes out in quest of fortune and wins a princess. In the kingdom of Garuchar ruled Jona Gabhoru, a woman who had already put nine hundred princes in prison. She had made an announcement that whoever would be successful in three tests set by her, would secure her hand, but if he is unsuccessful he would be kept in prison. Kalidhan of Kamrup heard of Jona and was tempted to marry her. But he failed. Miserable Kalidhan called his friend Gopichan of Nagaon and requested him to find Jona. Gopichan set out on the quest for Jona….

 

Director’s Note

In this tale, we come across the conflicting pattern between femininity and masculinity which portrays how both these are two sides of the same coin, with the characteristics waiting to be unhinged in reality and permeating the boundaries. It sets the undertone about the differences between the two genders, still attached to each other by the dynamics, trying to find a stable ground to sustain.

The aim of this play was to spread awareness about the slowly dying folk culture, the first form of relationship between the old and the new generation.

 

The Director & Playwright

Probin Kumar Saikia has dedicated his life for the upliftment, awareness and proliferation of the folk culture of Assam. He has strived to provide folk music in its truest form, always working towards its research, awareness, progression, and protection. He is a singer, director and a playwright. He has also written documentaries featured in Delhi and Guwahati’s Doordarshan. In 2011, he received the prestigious Senior Fellowship award for folk music and was awarded with the title of Guru, in the year 2005 by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India.

 

The Group

Panchasur is an organisation established in 1989 in Guwahati to solve the problems faced by the native folk music by study, research, collection and documentation of all dying and vanishing folk art forms of  Assam. Panchasur is an approved folk musical group by ICCR, New Delhi, and also an approved repertory folk musical and theatre  group  by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India .

Since 2007 Panchsur has been performing regularly and has staged several plays at various places in the state under the prestigious banner of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi; National School of Drama, New Delhi; EZCC, Kolkata; and Department of Culture, Govt.of India etc. Folk-music based plays of Panchasur which have been highly acclaimed are Lora Dhemali, Jetuki O Jetuki, Moishal A Struggle, Dikhour Gorat Roi, Dakhya Jagnya, Sakunir Pratisudh, Maniram Dewan, Jona Gabhoru etc. Since 2011, Panchasur has been running a five-year course with a syllabus which includes folk music, folk dance and folk instruments. It is an encouraging sign that apart from students from all over the state, a number of foreign students have also joined the institute for research purposes.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage                                  Pratiksha Rani Bor Gohain, Rajashree Sarmah, Seema Baruah, Niyar Saikia, Bidisha Barman, Jasmine Chetia Phukan, Kanika Ingti, Deepandita Talukder, Alangkrita Dutta, Manuranjan Saikia, Jiten Chutia, Abhijit Changmai, Pallab Kaushik Baruah, Debajit Deka, Hirak Jyoti Borah, Chandan Saikia

 

Light Design Tapan Kumar Baruh
Music, Costume,  
Vocal & Choreography Roshmi Rekha Saikia
Sound Operator Dhonjit Bodo
Make-up & Hair Pintu Mandal
Set & Property Sonit Borah
Art Nuruddin Ahmed
   
Playwright & Director                         Probin Kumar Saikia

 

Contacts

Director, Panchasur

Sundarpath, H/No-4 Geeta Nagar,

Guwahati – 781021, Assam

M: +91 9435106034, 7002511186

E: prb.saikia6@gmail.com

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All Plays Hindi Indian Plays

JAMILA

Playwright & Director: Plaban Basu
Group: Moulali Rangashilpi, Kolkata
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

 

The Play

It becomes an obsession with young Syed, a painter, to paint the portraits of his lady love, Jamila.

By a strange quirk of fate, Jamila arrives at Syed’s hillside village as a bride of Sadiq, Syed’s elder brother. Everyone takes it for a case of love marriage, which it is not. Defeated by Jamila in a horse-cart race, Sadiq abducts and forcibly marries and brings her to the house. Jamila tries her level best to reconcile with the situation by being dutiful to all the members of her newly acquired family. But her self-respect gets wounded at every step. The responsibility of selling crops falls upon Jamila’s shoulder in a nearly market. There she meets a meek and outwardly weak person, Daniar, and discovers a strong sense of self-dignity in his character. A new chapter of life unfolds itself heralding the dawn of a new journey for Jamila.

 

Director’s Note

To me Jamila is not just a play, it is a journey of self-search, not just Jamila’s but of all the oppressed women out there. As a director I faced several challenges from this novel. The story is written in such a way that it has a lot of cinematic elements. So to build a play was a big challenge. Jamila, for me, is a story of redemption, liberation of love from social bondage. It is a play about a woman’s struggle to earn the freedom to express her love. Therefore to be able to work as the director of this play was truly a rewarding experience and an accomplishment.

 

The Director & Playwright

Plaban Basu is an actor and theatre director who is active in media as well. He is a science graduate and practices martial art.  In 2004, he formed a theatre group Rangashilpi. Plaban has worked with eminent directors like Usha Ganguly, Tim Supple, Habib Tanvir, Abanti Chakraborty, Kanhaiya Lal, Biplob Bandyopadhyay, Maloy Roy and many others. Plaban has also been working with children at railway stations and streets and with people with disabilities. He has written and directed plays focused on the rights of disabled children and on various other human rights. He has also acted in several Bengali and Hindi serials and films.

 

The Group

Rangashilpi was established in August 2004.  In the past 15 years the group has experienced a journey of Bengali & Hindi productions of theatre, either on the streets or on stage, and concerning various subject matters ranging from social issues, factual facts of history, to the fragrance of folk culture.

The group has restlessly engaged in theatre workshops with disabled women, railway workers, schools, street children and village youth. Rangashilpi has been working with various non-government organisations, to improve their mental and social condition through theatre. Rangashilpi organizes regular events like Mukho Mukhi, Musafirana and Salam Safder to sustain the cultural practice. Rangashilpi productions have been staged successfully at various prestigious festivals.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage                     Sushil Kanti, Ashok Chakroborty, Bimal Chandra Dey, Partha Sarathi Basu,Shakti Chakroborty, Tarun Kumar Nath, Subanti Banerjee, Dalia Pramanick, kalpana Thakur Jha, Ruposree Majumdar, Kathanjali Pramanick,Suchandra Bhattacharyay,SabareeSen, Avhishek Sharma,Saibal Sarkhel, Writtick Basak, Madhusudan Dhar, Saikat Roy, Shanta Swarup Mukherjee,Ritabrato Naskar

 

 

Light Operator            Sashankha Mondal

Music Operator            Biswajit Biswas

Light Assistant           Brindaban Das

Make-up                   Pijush Ghosh Choudhury

 

Story                           Chingiz Aitmatov

Playwright

& Director                  PlabanBasu

Contacts

Director,

Moulali Rangashilpi

90B, K. G. Bose Sarani,

Kolkata- 700085

M: +91 9836368767, 9062159118, 9770642782

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All Plays Hindi Indian Plays

JADU MANTAR

Playwright & Director: Abhishek Garg
Group: Switch on Scurry Art Organization, Bhopal
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins

 

The Play

The central character of this story is Madhav, the best student in the ashram. Guruji is very happy with the helpful nature of Madhav and gives him a magic shankh which can fulfill all his wishes and desires. But Guruji puts a condition with this magical shankh that although whatever Madhav asks for himself will be duly fulfilled, but along with that his neighbour will get the double of the same.

So Madhav, out of jealousy, does not ask anything from the shankh, so that his neighbor shouldn’t benefit from it. In the end he realize his mistake. This play compels the audience to see where we are headed in the present society and its degenerating values.

Director’s Note

With the meaning of humanity gradually dying and man being totally self-driven, no one comes forward to help others and those who do make an effort, find themselves trapped. Thus I found this interesting folk tale apt in the context of present times. This play is a comic satire and the most important part is the style of the script and performance which has been woven around songs and poetic dialogues. This performance compels the audience to think and change its attitude and behaviour towards the world around it.

 

The Director & Playwright

The journey of playwright & director Abhishek Garg started in 2001 with Jabalpur’s Vivechana Rangmandal, in which he acted in various plays including street plays. He joined Bharatendu Natya Akademi, Lucknow in 2007 and after completing PG diploma in 2009, was selected by Theatre-in-Education (Sanskar Rang Toli) as actor-teacher (Acting). He completed his tenure there in 2016 and since then he is carrying forward his theatre activities with his own group Switch On Scurry Art Organisation.

 

The Group

Switch on Scurry Art Organization, Bhopal has been producing and performing plays since 2015. It started with a solo drama Nachani written by Bhanu Bharati. Since then the group has been staging plays every year viz. Kaggrajraj, specially designed for children, parents and teachers; two nukkad dramas, Bhagmabh and Cham Chama Chaat; and Jas Sangat Tas Rangat, performed in Yashodhara theatre festival organized by Tribal Boli and Vikas Academy of Bhopal, and selected for the 4th Minerva Theatre Festival (2019) organized by the Ministry of Culture of West Bengal. The group has also performed shows of its plays with the help of Sangeet Natak Academy, New Delhi and in different cities of Madhya Pradesh. This year it has produced a new play Jadu Mantar, based on a Bundeli folk tale, which will soon be staged at different theatres.

 

Cast & Credits

Guruji, Dhol (Padosi Bachcha1) Wasim Khan
Buddhia Ramesh Ahire
Hariya Rahul Jadhav
Maakhan Ashwini Mishra (Prabhu)
Rukmini (Rakku, Makhan’s Wife) Priyanka Garg
Gachar (Bachcha 1) Vivek Tripathi
Pachar (Bachcha 2) Tilak Sharma
Seth, Dhamaka (Padosi Baccha2) Priyesh Pal
Birju (Maakhan ka Padosi) Amitesh Pratap Singh
Lila (Birju’s Wife) Sangatna Bankar
Chorus All Artists
Stage Management Priyesh Pal
Stage Design Assistance Ashwini Mishra
Light Design & Operation Dhannulal Sinha
Music Shruti-Dharmesh
Rhythm T.S. Dharmesh, Prashant Shrivastav, Shrutdharmeet
Harmonium T.S. Dharmesh
Singers T.S. Dharmesh, Shruti Rawat, Shailender Soni,
Nikhil Bakare, Bhavna Navale, Swati Saraf, Priyanka Garg
Percussion Shruti Rawat & Priyanka Garg
Speed Control Wasim Khan
Costumes Design Priyanka Garg
Costume Making Rakesh Bhaiyya
Gond Painting Rashmi Acharya
assisted by Priyanka, Gunjan, Sangartana, Priti, Tilak, Nupur, Priyesh, Amitesh,
Head-Gears Mukesh Prajapati
Stage Property Devendra Sharma (Joshi Ji)
Make-Up Sonam Sahni
Assistant Director Wasim Khan
Playwright & Director                       Abhishek Garg

 

 

Contacts

Director,

Switch on Scurry Art Organization

E-8, 290 Trilanga, Bhopal, M.P

M: +91 9717156005

E: abhishek81garg@gmail.com

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All Plays Hindi Indian Plays

JAAG UTHA HAI RAIGAD

Playwright: Vasant Kanetkar
Translator: Vasant Deo
Director: Abhijeet Choudhary
Group: Swatantra Kala Group, Pune
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

 

The Play

Jaag Utha Hai Raigad is a Hindi translation of Vasant Kanetkar’s Marathi play Raigadala Jevha Jaag Yete. Woven within the play is an inbuilt, terse and fine sense of controlled dramatic tension.  It depicts the great Maratha King, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his youngest son, Sambhaji struggling with the gap between the two generations. Shivaji’s efforts are to keep his family united, and the young descendant’s efforts are to control and consolidate the huge legacy and empire. The play unveils the rich Maharashtrian culture, and the heritage of a bygone era.

 

Director’s Note

The Maratha Empire of the 17th century is the backdrop of this play and its key players are Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his youngest son Sambhaji. This epic is a witness to the acute and tense relationship between father and son. While the former cannot allow their dynasty to be divided, the latter is burdened by the task of a huge empire and legacy he has descended from. The situation holds true even today, with the rift in families due to greed and the choice of nuclear families. The play’s text opines that had Shivaji succeeded in keeping the royalty together, the Maratha dynasty would have ruled much longer. I have tried to recreate the glorious era of Marathas on the stage. I feel more such Marathi plays could be translated for a Hindi speaking audience. Besides Vijay Tendulkar and Mahesh Elkunchwar, regional Marathi playwrights like Vasant Kanetkar and Sanjay Pawar too have a treasury of plays that can be produced in other languages.

 

The Director

Abhijeet Choudhary completed his graduation from Delhi University. He did a course in direction and editing. He started his theatre journey with Arvind Gaur’s Asmita group and later shifted to Pune, where despite many hurdles and challenges he formed the Swatantra Kala Group in 2006. He has directed Hindi films Pune TC, Godse to Gandhi etc., and several full-length Hindi and English, one-act and street plays, one of which (on pirated CDs and DVDs) attracted appreciation from production houses. His play Suno Suno sketches the resilience of migrants, and another play is constructed on gathered personal and real voices and experiences of slum dwellers. Abhijeet has conducted workshops for the differently abled. He was the broadcasting editor with Zoom channel and a press reporter for DD News.

 

The Playwright

Vasant Kanetkar (1922 – 2000) born in Satara, Maharashtra was a Marathi playwright. His father, Shankar Keshav Kanetkar, was a well-known poet. After completing his education, Vasant was appointed as a lecturer in Nasik. His first play, Raigadala Jewha Jag Yete, was widely acclaimed and achieved recognition from audiences and the Government of Maharashtra as the best play of the year. He won the National Award for the film Ansoo Ban Gaye Phool. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1992 for his literary astuteness and writing-craft.

 

The Group

Abhijeet founded Swatantra Kala Group in Pune in 2006.  The group focuses on contemporary and socio-political issues through its numerous performances and practices. It has performed at various public and private institutes of education including FTII, IITs and NDA. It is known for its repertoire of community-based theatre and was invited by the UK Parliament for engaging in community-service through theatre. Some of its noteworthy productions are Jis Lahore Nahin Vekhya Wo Janmeya Hi Nahin and Andha Yug,

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage                      Ashwin Sharma, Chezan Lawyer, Dhanashree Heblikar, Prem Gowda,
Hennu Khanna, Ronak Kabra, Suyash Kukreja, Krushan Doshi, Mehul Dubey, Shreyansh                                                    Sanghvi, Shivraj Zumble

 

Back Stage                   Suraaj Nikaumb, Rishabh Jain, Rishabh Sarwate, Arun Jagtap, Manshi Bajpayee, Garima                                                   Mishra, Aniket Toro, Vijay Ratna Gongle, Bunty More, Varsha Israni, Renuka Gatelwar, Rishi                                           Bhonde, Shahrukh Shaikh

Producer                      Yuwaraj Shah

 

Playwright                  Vasant Kanetkar

Director                      Abhijeet Choudhary

 

 

Contacts

Swatantra Kala Group

Girichaya Society, HIG 4, Janwadi Gokhale Nagar

Pune, Maharashtra – 411016

M: +91 8329696186

E: krushandoshi843@gmail.com

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All Plays Hindi NSD Graduate Show

INFINITE WALK

Director: Saras Kumar
Text: Deeksha, Salim, Sneha, Suman, Saras, Yashaswini
Group: NSD Students’ Diploma Production, New Delhi
Language: Hindi
Duration: 45 mins

 

The Play

The play begins with the evolution of human beings, their emotions and their relationship with the five elements, and later the mechanization overpowering the human beings. It focuses on the life of mine-workers, their miserable living conditions, and their fight for basic rights. It is the story of Dana, his wife Aamti, and their friends. The mine-workers are working in the mine without any safety equipment, masks, or any support of an ambulance; in short at the cost of their lives. The play also highlights the power game of the elite over the working class, the continuous pressure from those with power over the stagnant social and economic life of the working-class, and finally a small volcanic step generated from this pressure.

 

Director’s Note

As a student of Direction, my intent to do this play was to find out the relationship between the logic and the emotions in humans. I inferred that the two are parallel banks of the same river. Working with the actors was the interesting part of this production for me as a student of Direction, and as a human being. It was very hard to take the directorial decisions.

The production is in three parts. Coal mining began with the purpose and need of energy generation, but the same coal verily became a cause of death. Illegal mining took the life of many people and created medical conditions in the workers. An ambulance can save a life, and a casualty can turn one into a rebel.

The dead body of an exploited worker shows the brutal nature of this society. Data on the internet can arouse either sympathy or anger. But a meaningful data transfer done on time can save a life. Technology works on logic and human emotion today is dependent on the logic being applied at the right place and at the right time.

 

The Director

Saras Kumar graduated from the National school of Drama with specialisation in Direction (2016-2019). He has directed a few plays viz. Accidental Death of Anarchist, Trishanku, Mann Laga Kar, and Infinite Walk, and written some short stories like Ghaas, Kal and Guinea Pig. He has also directed two short films Five Rupees and Gumshuda, and assisted in two feature films Chausar Firangi and Meri Nimmo. Saras has worked under renowned directors like Anuradha Kapur, Neelam Mansingh, M.K. Raina, Ranjit Kapoor, Deepan Sivaraman Etc.

 

The Playwrights

The text of the play has been prepared by Deeksha, Salim, Sneha, Suman, Saras, Yashaswini. All are students National School of Drama’s batch of 2019.

 

 

The Group

This play is a part of National School of Drama’s graduate showcase of class 2019. It aims to provide a platform to encourage emerging theatre practitioners to share their work with a wider audience.

 

Cast & Credits

Aamti                                                   Ashwini Joshi

Aabid                                                   Jitu Rabha

Woman 1                                             Sejuti Bagchi

Ghisu                                                   Salim Mulla

Manager                                               Sayan Sarkar

Daughter                                              Snehlata Tagde

Activist                                                Suman Purty/ Yashaswini R

 

Costume                                              Sejuti Bagchi

Lyrics                                                  Salim Mulla

Song Composition                               Sayan Sarkar

Sound                                                  M Sunil Singh

Video Operation                                  Balasubramanian G

Set Execution /

Lights Design & Operation                  Sarthak Narula

Special Thanks to                                Asgar Chacha, Rizwaan, Murjim, Aas Mohammad, Taqmir

  Guidance                                             Anuradha Kapur, Abhilash Pillai, Neelam Mansingh, Shantanu Bose, Vishala R Mahale

 

  Text                                                    Deeksha, Salim, Sneha, Suman, Saras, Yashaswini

Concept & Direction                          Saras Kumar Namdeo

 

Contacts

Saras Kumar Namdeo

M: +91 7898279889

E: shadowfntg@gmail.com

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All Plays English Indian Plays

i am not here

Playwright & Director: Deepika Arwind
Group: The Lost Post Initiative, Bangalore
Language: English
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins

 

The Play

i am not here is designed as an 8-step guide in how to censor women’s writing, which plays out in a boxing ring. In parts dark, funny and brutal, the dance-theatre production looks at the subtle, almost-invisible and insidious ways in which women’s writing has often been flicked to the fringes. The two women performers enter the boxing ring, watching and being watched, often at unease with what they must do to ‘show’ you this guide. Their bodies transform: they play men, women and creatures. A frying pan is a metaphor for a chalkboard on which freedom is contested ; a traditional dance class reveals the impossible ways in which women’s bodies are written about, a chick-lit writer reads a review about herself in public … Abundant with movement and haunting music, the play seeks new form, and heightens and complicates the audience and performers.

 

Director’s Note

What is the cost of dissent, of protest in performance? Why is it always important to bear wounds in front of an audience to ‘convince’ them of lived reality? What is the silence after the protest like? Is it broken, like the two actors who piece together broken words at the end of this ‘show’; is there meaning to be made, new language to be formed. i am not here is as much about language and writing as it is about silence. It is as much about protest as it is about its aftermath. This aftermath is embodied by two female performers, because who else will embody it? i am not here continues an experiment I began with my last work No Rest in the Kingdom about gender and performance, and the intersection of the two in the female performer’s body, and its significance as a site of protest.

 

The Director & Playwright

Deepika Arwind is a theatre-maker, playwright and performer based out of Bangalore, India. She works as the Artistic Director of The Lost Post Initiative (TLPI), a theatre and performing arts collective that works with diverse artists, largely around gender and women on stage. She is a scholar of the Internationales Forum at Theatretreffen ’18, and presented her work at The John F Kennedy Centre of Performing Arts ’16 and Ballhaus Naunynstrasse, Berlin ’18. She has won and been nominated for several awards for her work, including The Hindu Playwright Award, the Stückemarkt Prize at Theatretreffen, and the Toto Award. Her current touring works nationally and internationally are No Rest in the Kingdom (produced by Sandbox Collective) and i am not here (supported by Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Bangalore). Her previous works, among others, include A Brief History of Your Hair (supported by India Foundations for the Arts) and Nobody Sleeps Alone. She is the author of a children’s book Sarayu (published by Le Cosmographe Éditions, France, 2018).

 

The Group

The Lost Post Initiative is a theatre and performing arts collective largely working with themes around gender. Much of the work looks at the female performer’s body as a site of protest and possibility. Works include Nobody Sleeps Alone, a Brief History of Your Hair, No Rest in the Kingdom, i am not here, among others.

 

Cast & Credits

Devised & Performed by Ronita Mookerji & Sharanya Ramprakash
Light Design Pritham Kumar
Light Execution Niranjan Gokhale
Music & Vocals Nikhil Nagaraj, Pallavi MD
Set J Dinesh
Producer Veena Appiah
Assistant Akash Narendran
Dramaturge Theresa Schlesinger
Supported by Goethe-Institut Bangalore , Max Mueller Bhavan

 

Playwright, Design

& Director                              Deepika Arwind

 

Contacts

Director, The Lost Post Initiative

258, 3 Rd Main, BHCS Layout, Uttarahalli

Main Road, Bangalore, Karnataka-560061

M: +91 9845272215

E: veenaappiah@gmail.com

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All Plays Assamese Indian Plays

HAYERA JETUKI BAI

Playwright: Nabajyoti Bora
Director: Moni Bordoloi
Group: Rangamancha, Assam
Language: Assamese
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins

 

The Play

Jetuki Bai is a character in a famous song of Late Rudra Barua. Jetuki lives in a village situated at the bank of a river and her presence is a must on every occasion. She takes responsibility of everything from weaving on the loom to singing marriage songs. Young Naren and Tileswari were in love but their parents were opposed to their relationship. Jetuki, to whom Tileswari was like her daughter, persuaded both their parents to agree to their relationship.

But Jetuki Bai has a past… When she was a young girl, Jetuki fell in love with Bolai when he came to their village for fishing. They got married. One day Bolai went somewhere for a few days and did not return. She tried to find him but there was no information of his whereabouts. Jetuki gave birth to a girl child Sonpahi. After a while there were floods in the village and she lost her child too. From then on, Jetuki started work­ing and helping all the families of the village, and spreading the spirit of humanity among the villagers.

 

Director’s Note

Jetuki Bai (sister) of the river-bank village is a known name in every household of Assam. Jetuki, whose husband has been missing for long, performs all the jobs including singing, dancing and cooking in almost all the family functions of the village. Everyone is fond of her in the village because of her selfless and ever-helping attitude. Jetuki shares the agony and joy of the villagers with a desire to help them especially at the time of distress. In doing so, she faces both obstacles and acceptance. She establishes the essence of eternal love and harmony of human being.

 

The Director

Moni Bordoloi is a prominent actress of theatre, TV serials and films. From 1980 to 1987 she was an actress in the Mobile Theatre of Assam. She has produced 26 episodes of a sponsored serial Karagaror Diary for DDK Guwahati, under her produc­tion house Anajori Films, for which she received the best se­rial award from Jyotirupa Oil India Joint Media Award. She has also produced fiction and documentary films for DDK Guwahati, and PPC (NE). Mrs. Bordoloi is also a drama artist of All India Radio, Guwahati. She received the Senior Fellowship in 2017 from the Ministry of Cul­ture, Govt. of India. She also received the National film Award, Rajat Kamal, for the best voice-over/narration in 2012.

 

The Playwright

Nabajyoti Bora was born in 1978 at Marangial Gaon of Nagaon, Assam. Till date he has penned nearly twenty one-act and full length dramas. At present Bora is working as a script writer and director of Rang Channel. He has written the screenplay of serials like Dahan, Abelir Ramdhenu, Ragini and Runjun. Some of his famous one-act plays are Phatajalar Mach, Deutar Paduli Uduli Muduli, Aa Bhaba Gahana Bana, Mahakabyar Alikhita Pristha, Jot Khusura Hoi Jiwan, Thupali Godhuli Rupali Banhi, and Charialit Eti Prasnabodhak. He has also writ­ten the story and screenplay of an Assamese feature film Ajanite Mone Mone.

 

The Group

Rangamancha, a cultural organization, was established in the year 2000 by a group of active theatre workers. The group has staged several plays in Assam and participated in the Northeast Theatre Festival 2016 at Gangtok.  Some of the group’s popular productions are Mogribor Azan,Upahar, Akal Bodhan, Ajak Jonakir Jilmil, Thikana, Upapath, Lalukxula, Moi Jen Ek Rodor Bilap, Kakhyapath, Jibanar Ramdhenu, Bhupali Godhuli Rupali Banhi and Hayera Jetuki Bai.

 

Cast & Credits

Hebang Upakul Bordoloi
Naren Nilutpal Baruah
Bhola Chandan Baruah
Bolai Mantu Gogoi
Boiragi Upamanyu Bordoloi
Jetuki Moni Bordoloi
Lakhimai Moon Saikia
Tileswari Atlanta Sarma
Sonpahi Barsha Gohain
Soru Jetuki Chayanika Bora
   
Art Direction Nuruddin Ahmed
Assistant Nilut Pal
Costume Ragini Bordoloi
Make-up Prasanta Bora
Assistant Bakul Bora
Light Design Tapan Kumar Barua
Property In-Charge Amshuman Sarma
Team Leader Ram Krishna Sarma
Music Direction Upakul Bodoloi, Yachinur Rahman
   
Playwright                  Nabajyoti Bora
Director                      Moni Bordoloi

 

 

Contacts

Rangamancha, Guwahati

C/o Manmath Barua, House No.13,

Uttanayan Path, Eachal, Six-Mile,

Guwahati – 781022  Kamrup, Assam

M: +91 9435559404, 8638210564

E: monibordoloi05@gmail.com

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All Plays Hindi Indian Plays

GUMM HAI

Director: Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
Group: The Company Theatre, Chandigarh
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

 

The Play & Director’s Note

The play Gumm Hai has been sourced from many references including The Seven Stages of Grieving, a performance text by Wesley Enoch and Deborah Mailman, and Anuradha Kapur’s play Nali Wali Larki.

The story begins with a child going missing in a village, and examines how an inexplicable loss irrevocably changes the dynamics within a family and the community. The varied skeins of narratives were dovetailed to examine and understand grief, loss, death, human affirmation and survival. This play was a way of engaging with the world, dealing with lost memories, and retrieval and archiving of these memories through performance and storytelling. The plays recurring leitmotif follows Pinki, a young girl of eleven who has gone missing from her village for two months. It portrays the broader, more abstract idea of something precious that has been lost, never to return. The narrative follows the experience of ‘everywoman’, chronicling her worldly grief and joys. This devised performance draws from traditional, popular and contemporary cultural practices, resorting fundamentally to the storytelling techniques that include song, dance and real life issues. Loss here is not communicated conventionally, but in an ironical, humorous and irreverent manner. However, despite the stories dealing with a subject that can be considered dark and brooding, the dominant atmosphere is one of affirmation, dance and song and sharing of stories.  The overall tenor is the resilience and strength of the human condition i.e. the instinct for survival.

During the process of putting the play together, we tried to juggle the role of the storyteller, the actor and the social commenter. We made no attempt to preach, judge or invoke any feeling of rancor on either the human or social condition, but to seek a human connection between the personal and the public.

Whenever one develops something new, whether it is an agglomeration of memories, anecdotes, songs, poems or personal or historical experiences, the aim is to uncover or discover the ‘internal logic’ of what appears to be a set of random, disjointed ideas. In this instance, the effort has simply been to tell a story within several stories, all coalesced together, to create a story of one’s own.

 

The Director

NSD alumnus, Dr. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry has a master’s degree in the History of Arts. In 1976 she moved to Mumbai where she worked in schools and colleges, doing theatre workshops and children’s theatre.  In 1979, she moved to Bhopal and was associated with Rang Mandal, a theatre repertory attached to the multi-arts complex, Bharat Bhavan. In 1984, she came to Chandigarh where she set up her own theatre group, The Company. Along with international teaching assignments, she has also been teaching in the Department of Indian Theatre, Punjab University since 1990. Under her guidance the group has participated in major national and international festivals.  Dr. Chowdhry is the recipient of several awards including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Shiromani Bhasa Vibhag, Ford Foundation Award, and the Padma Shri which she received in 2011.

 

The Group

When Dr. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry formed her own group, The Company in 1984 in Chandigarh, she was looking for a vocabulary for training urban actors in traditional forms that were available in Punjab. The Naqqal tradition, through which she explored her work, belonged to rural Punjab and did not have a well-developed theatrical tradition in terms of aesthetics, technique and style. By working with the natives for the last twenty-eight years, along with urban actors, a way of working has emerged which combines, through fusion and differences, a new way of looking at history, performance space, image and text. Most of the plays produced by The Company have been translated by the eminent poet Surjit Patar, with music composed by BV Karanth.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage          Mahesh Saini, Davinder Pal Singh, Surinder Arora, Chaman Lal, Ambika Kamal, Gursewak, Gurnam

 

Singer Pamela Singh
Musicians Satnam, Meher Chand, Amarjit, Bhadur Chand, Ram Singh
Light Designer Daulat Ram Vaid
Associate Director Vansh Bhardwaj

 

Director                      Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry

 

Contacts

The Company Theatre

H.No. 9 Sector- 4, Chandigarh- 160001

M: 9891186750, 9814202344

E: blackiron686@gmail.com

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All Plays Indian Plays Malayalam

BHASKARA PATTELARUM THOMMIYUDEY JEEVITHAVUM

Playwright & Director: Suveeran
Group: Back Stage Kozhikode, Kerala
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

The Play

Bhaskara Pattelarum Thommiyudey Jeevithavum is a play based on the novella titled Bhaskara Pattelarum Entey Jeevithavum written by famous Malayalam writer Paul Zacharia. Thommy, a Christian migrant labourer from Kerala is an obedient slave of his aggressive, tyrannical landlord Bhaskara Pattelar. Thommy obeys all the orders of his master, whether it is to make his own wife sexually available to his master or in killing Pattelar’s kindly wife, Saroja. When Pattelar escapes to a jungle, due to his own deeds, Thommy escorts him like a pet. But when Pattelar is killed Thommy exults in freedom.

 

Director’s Note

Bhaskara Pattelar and My Life (Bahaskara Patterlaum Ente Jeevithavum), a play inspired by Zacharia sir’s novella, was first devised and directed by me in 1996. When UAE based Theatre Dubai asked if I could recreate it for the 2018-2019 KSC Bharath Murali Drama Fest, I enthusiastically agreed. Although every detail of what I did back in 1996 was clear in my mind, when I started to recreate the play, nothing seemed to work. So when things came to a grinding halt I went back to the original source – the novella – and started reworking from scratch to create the version it is today. My block was the result of being adamant about sticking to the 1996 version I had created. Bhaskara Pattelarum Ente Jeevithavum allows infinite scope for evolution and contemporary interpretation. Thank you Zacharia sir for this timeless masterpiece.

 

The Director & Playwright

Suveeran a native of Azhiyur, Kozhikode is a Best feature film National awardee for Byari (2011), after completing his course at the School of Drama, Calicut University, Trichur and the School of Performing Arts, Pondicherry, though he was expelled from the National School of Drama, Delhi in his final year. Suveeran started his career as a director in amateur Malayalam drama and received recognition with his plays Agniyum Varshavum and Udambadokkolam. Recognized as an actordirector and painter, he has to his credit thirty plays and four short films which have received many awards. He also has published articles in leading periodicals in Kerala, many short stories and a novella. He has translated three plays Yerma, Island and Crime Passional to Malayalam. He has received the Sangeet Nataka Akademi award many times and many other awards like; National Film Award, India; SAARC Best Feature Film Award; and Theatre Award. He also got nominations in Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award.

The Group

Back Stage Kozhikode was formed in 1990 at Vatakara and the first play performed by the group was G. Sankarapillai’s Bharathavaakyam. The play was a sensational hit and was staged all around Kerala. It won numerous awards and encouraged the group to produce successful plays in the coming years.

The group regularly performs in the cities of kerala under the direction of Mr. Suveeran.

 

Cast & Credits

Bhaskarapattelar O T Shajahan
Thommi Maniknada Rajan
Omana Sherinsaif
Sarojakka Mini Alphonsa
Kuttaparayi Raghuram
Yusuppicha Shinilvatakara
Marumakan Sanjumadavan
Somebody Sandeep Memunda
Somebody’s Wife Riya Pravin
Goudathi Riya Jaleel
Varky Surendran
Others Kanakaraj Mayyannur, Ismail Kadathand, Bharathan Kavil, Dasan M K,
Vijayan Kuttoth
   
Songs Sivadas Purameri
Composed Prasanth, Adesh Ipta
Recorded Roy (Asian Studio)
Executed Viju Joseph
Set Surendran
Art Rajeev Charm
Light Saneesh Kd
Costume Amritha Suveeran
Make-up Shaneesh
Property Ismail Kadathand
Stage Manager Shinil Vatakara
Story                       Paul Zacharia
Direction                 Suveeran

 

 

Contacts

Director, Back Stage Kozhikode

Memunda Madam, Vatakara, Kerala- 673103

M: +91 9744445024

E: shajahan@skillhand.com

skillhandadv@gmail.com

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All Plays Bengali Indian Plays

BHANGA BHANGA CHHOBI

Playwright: Girish Karnad
Translator: Srotoswini Dey
Director: Tulika Das
Group: Kolkata Bohuswar, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins

 

The Play

The play opens with Manjula Ray in a television studio, giving one of her countless interviews. Manjula is a successful Bengali writer whose first novel in English has got favourable reviews from the West. She talks about her life and her darling husband Pramod, and fondly reminisces about Malini, her wheel-chair bound sister. After the interview, Manjula is ready to leave the studio but is confronted by an image. Gradually Manjula starts unfolding her life showing two facets of the same character. The conversations between the character on stage and the chhaya-murti go on and Manjula peels layer after layer, revealing raw emotions and complexities of the relationship between Manjula, Promod and Malini. We can relate to both Manjula and Malini… all of us being flawed in some way or the other, and that’s what makes us human.

 

Director’s Note

I wanted to explore the text of Girish Karnad’s Broken Images with my own understanding of Manjula, the lady portraying two facets of the same character. Despite all her shortcomings and flaws, she did not degenerate into a stereotypical vamp. Although she had made unforgivable mistakes, wasn’t there enough reason for her to exercise duplicity and betrayal? I found myself asking this question and wanting to see the larger picture through another prism. It has taken years for the Bengali stage to come up with an adaptation of the 2004 play. The Bengali translation by Srotoswini Dey Bhanga Bhanga Chhobi helped me to stage it. Theatre, I feel, should not be just entertainment. It should encourage a bit of soul searching too. I am thankful to Mr. Karnad, Srotoswini and the team of Bhanga Bhanga Chhobi of Kolkata Bohuswar to help me do just that.

 

The Director

Tulika Das is an actor and director of Kolkata Bohuswar. After her M.A. in Theatre, she joined Bohurupee and acted in several plays under the direction of Kumar Roy and also directed four plays, which received a lot of appreciation. In Kolkata Bohuswar, she directed Choturthir Jor, Bhanga Bhanga Chhobi, Agnipaak and Anandamath. Tulika is working with under privileged children and young adults, using theatre as a tool to build their capacity to overcome the barriers around them. She is actively involved in Human Rights movement of people with disabilities.

 

The Translator

Srotoswini Dey, M.A., MPhil, is an Assistant Professor of English Language in a college of West Bengal. She is a theatre lover and is trying her best to enrich the Bengali theatre through the translation of scripts of famous playwrights who have written in other Indian languages. She has also published a book Re-reading of Vijay Tendulkar’s Ghasiram Kotwal: a Critical Study of Vijay Tendulkar.

 

The Group

Kolkata Bohuswar was established in January 2017 in order to create and promote innovative theatre. The word ‘Bohuswar’ means a collective of different kinds of voices. True to its name, Bohuswar is home to individuals of different ages, genders, religious identities and places of residence. The group has produced the play Choturthir Jor, based on a story by Ismat Chugtai (selected for 8th Theatre Olympic), Bhanga Bhanga Chhobi, based on Girish Karnad’s Broken Images (selected for 21st BRM), and Agnipaak, based on a play by Mahesh Dattani. The group had organised a November theatre festival (2018) along with a theatre workshop for young theatre workers with Ruchika theatre group, Delhi. The group facilitates inclusive theatre workshops for the under-privileged children in the rural areas of West Bengal.

 

Cast & Credits

On stage Sukriti Lahori Sinha, Piyali Guha Roy, Tulika Das
   
Off stage Mayukh Dutta, Monomita Chaudhury, Rashmi Natua, Sampreeti Chakraborty
  Sumita Basu, Biswajit Roy, Arka Ranjan Bhattacharya, Tanmoy Das, Bobby
  Kar, Arko Roy, Tapas Roy, Indrajit Mukhoty
Music Kalyan Sen Barat
Set & Light Gagandeep
Make-up Piali Samanta
Playwright                              Girish Karnad
Translator                              Srotoswini Dey
Director                                  Tulika Das

 

 

Contacts

Kolkata Bohuswar

18, Deodar Street, Kolkata- 700019

West Bengal

M: +91 9830262165, 9830872209

E: bohuswar.kolkata@gmail.com

sukritilahori@gmail.com

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All Plays Non verbal NSD Graduate Show

BEHIND THE BORDERS

Dramaturgy & Direction: Petrishia Melodi Dorcas
Group: NSD Student Diploma Production, New Delhi
Language: Non verbal
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins

 

The Play 

Behind the Borders discusses the issue of ‘rage’ in an episodic manner. Throughout the play the issues of lynching, rape, land-occupation, honour killing, and writers’-murders are depicted in a visual vocabulary. This is a new medium of narration to communicate with the audience where each scene has strong images and each image is different from every other in the scene. The music instruments used in the play have a strong interpretation to every scene, depending on how the performer’s body is transforming in every scene and how the bodies that deal with different characters and craft are a part of scene. There is no backstage or green room in Behind the Borders, and the idea of bringing the backstage musicians onto the stage has its own narrative in the scene.

 

Director’s note

During the process, it was quite a task for us to bring out the visual language of the text we were dealing with. We started improvising each incident from the script. Each one of us came up with different ideas and we started exploring everything. As a collective, we explored different mediums during the process like sound, music, visual installation, durational images, digital narrations, drawings, five senses of the script etc. Behind the Borders is thus a production which is developed by each and every artist of this play collectively. We carried a responsibility of bringing out an ideal production, following the dramaturgy, but later we just went with the flow of the process.

 

The Director

Petrishia  Melodi  Dorcas is a versatile artist who graduated from the National School Of Drama, Bengaluru centre, with specialization in Acting. Later she joined the National School of Drama, New Delhi and graduated with specialization in Direction in 2019. She has been working in theatre as a director and actress for the past decade. She is an active participant in social and cultural activities all over India. Currently, she is traveling all over India for her research in the field of theatre to understand the roots and cultures of different parts of India to bring out the importance of various traditional and tribal forms and their contributions to the performer’s body.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage Anmol Guliani
Bhumisuta Das
Jitu Rabha
Manoj Thapar
Snehlata Siddartha Tagde
Tamilaasi Anandhavalli
Yashaswini R / Silpi Dutta
Recorded Vocal Palin Kabak
Scenography Ramkumar Kannadasan
Property Bhandari Arun
Drawings Elan Cheziyan
Video Vishala R Mahale
Sound Mayengban Sunil Singh
Chreography Petrishia Melodi Dorcas
Lights Sarthak Narula
Poster & Brochure Partha P. Hazarika
Stage Manager Sejuti Bagchi
Music Mayengban Sunil Singh
Dramaturgy & Direction                   Petrishia Melodi Dorcas

 

Contacts 

  1. Melodi Dorcas

M: +91 9840359239

E: phenomenalmelodi@gmail.com