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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 Hindi Indian Plays

BALLYGUNGE 1990

Playwright & Director: Atul Satya Koushik
Group: Films & Theatre Society, Delhi
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

The Play

The play Ballygunge 1990 is a thriller. The place is Ballygunge, Calcutta and the year is 1990. Kartik and Vasuki had been in a passionate relationship for more than ten years, before Kartik left Vasuki behind to chase his dreams in Mumbai. Vasuki is now married to a famous painter and is living a life full of regrets and vendetta. She holds Kartik, and their failed love, responsible for her miserable life. Now she has invited him over for a coffee at her mansion. Kartik is a bit confused and happily surprised to see the same ten-year-old passion and love in Vasuki’s eyes. Vasuki is unpleasantly surprised to see the same hostility and detachment in Kartik’s eyes. A well-crafted plan is going to change the course of their lives forever.

 

Director’s Note

Having successfully presented grand historical productions, musicals, comedies and social satires, I wanted to take up a subject which has not been explored much, especially in Hindi Theatre. Suspense and thrill was for sure one genre which I personally had not seen much in my theatre viewing memory of about ten years. Therefore I coined the idea ‘Ballygunge 1990’ and started writing it. As I went deeper into the process of writing and designing the show, I realized that this play is more than a mere suspense plot. It is more of a love story… a story full of emotions and passion. All the regrets, complaints and vendetta that appear in the story, have roots in love which flowered between the two protagonists over a decade.

 

The Director & Playwright

Atul Satya Koushik is well-known in the field of modern Hindi commercial theatre of India. An alumnus of Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC, Delhi) and a qualified Chartered Accountant, he also holds a degree in Law. He is in his early 30s and has already written 15 full-length theatre plays, and produced and directed them with over 700 shows in different parts of India. Atul is a recipient of many awards including the Times Entrepreneurship Award and the Yuva Natya Nirdeshak award by Sahitya Kala Parishad. He has been one of the flag-bearers of commercial theatre in Delhi, running many ticketed shows to full houses and casting celebrities in his theatre productions. His popular productions include The Legend of Ram, Chakravyuh, Raavan Ki Ramayan, Dad’s Girlfriend, Ballygunge 1990, Pajama Party, Draupadi, Wo Lahore etc. He writes his own plays and is emerging as an important modern playwright of India.

 

The Group

Established in 2009, Films & Theatre Society, Delhi is one of India’s leading theatre companies which has its own original scripts and in-house direction, production and marketing. The group has performed more than 700 shows of its 15 productions in over 30 cities of India. Many of its productions feature famous film, TV and theatre personalities, and put together, they offer a wide range of themes, genres and presentation styles. FTS conceptualises and organises various theatre events and art festivals, like Rang, at a large scale, bringing artists, sponsors and audience together for larger-than-life art extravaganzas.

Some of the group’s popular productions are Chakravyuh, Ballygunge 1990, Raavan Ki Ramayan, Pajama Party, The Legend of Ram, Dad’s Girlfriend, Wo Lahore etc. which have been staged at various prestigious festivals and platforms such as Jaipur Rang Mahotsav, Kala Ghoda Festival, Parliament House auditorium etc.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage Annup Soni ,Nishtha Paliwal ,Kunal Kaushik
Background Score & Music Rajesh Das
Creative Design Ashwani Kumar
Graphic Design Kunal Kumar
Production Manager Sumit Negi
Backstage Manager Sonam Kanotra
Music Operation Latika Jain
Light Operation Tarun Dang
Backstage Team Devansh Gulati, Rajeev Sachdeva
Set maker Mohd. Gulpham
Producer Ishaan Yadav, Aditi Chauhan
Concept Atul Satya Koushik & Nipul Malik
   
Playwright & Director                                   Atul Satya Koushik

 

 

Contacts

Films and Theatre Society

113/2, Baldev Park Krishna Nagar- 110051

M: +91 9910606476

E: sumit.negi1@gmail.com

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All Plays Indian Plays Malayalam

ADAYALAM

Playwright: Samkutty Pattomkary
Director: T. Suresh Babu
Group: Natakagramam Kozhikode, Kerala
Language: Malayalam
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins

 

 

The Play

Adayalam is a play based on the rape case of Bhanwari Devi. Bhanwari Devi had been employed as a ‘saathin’ for the Womens’ Development Project, run by the Rajasthan government, for two hundred rupees a month as salary. She was brutally raped by Gujjars in front of her husband. Bhanwari, along with her injured husband, decided to file an FIR at the Bassi police station, but the policemen rejected their plea and asked for a medical certificate. The couple went for the medical certificate to many hospitals in Jaipur. The government doctor asked for the magistrate’s order as a prerequisite for the medical certificate. One of the doctors even tried to rape her. After 52 hours they submit the certificate in the police station, only to be asked by the police to bring her clothes as a proof. Finally, the case reached the court and was dismissed on the grounds that upper cast men cannot rape low cast women. The judgment also questioned how her husband could be a mute spectator to his wife’s rape.

 

Director’s Note

The incident happened on 22nd September 1992, and she has been fighting for justice ever since. Bhanwari Devi, a Dalit by cast, became an icon of the women’s movement when she decided to go public and fight her case following a gang rape by five upper caste Gujjar men, after her attempt to stop a nine-month old girl-child’s marriage in her village of Bhateri located 45 km south of Jaipur. Potters by profession, she and her husband have been socially boycotted after the unfortunate turn of events.

This case led to the famous verdict on women’s security at work-place. The question raised by the play is “Is justice in our country in safe hands?”

 

The Director

  1. Sureshbabu is a dedicated artist who works with the ordinary village people of Kerala and tries to empower them using theatre as a tool. He completed his degree from Arts and Science College, Kozhikode. He works as a director, scenic designer, actor and light designer in the field of drama. He is the present director of Natakagramam Kozhikode, a well-known theatre group of Kerala. He has received recognition for his work in the form of three Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy Awards, Natya Bushan Puraskaram, Thalassery Shyama Award, Balan K Nair Award, Bankmens Club Award, and V.T Smaraka Award. He has directed more than 100 plays in various languages. Some of his known directorial works are House of Bernard Alba, Shadow of Glen, Riders to the Sea, Arthamanartham, Perumkollan, Nayattu, Maniyara, Soap Cheap Kannadi, Suganidrakalilekk, Swapnavetta, Kozhikkariya, Orugandhavicharam and Adayalam.

 

The Playwright

Dr. Samkutty Pattomkary is a playwright, freelance director, designer and technical trainer in the field of theatre. Formerly, he was an executive member of the Kerala Sangeet Natak Academy, Government of Kerala. He has designed more than 350 amateur / professional theatre and dance productions in Kerala.

 

The Group

Natakagramam Kozhikode is a famous theatre group of Kozhikode district, Kerala which has been active for last twenty years. It endeavours to bring together various drama artists in the villages of Kerala. The group stages its productions in the villages and conducts theatre workshops and enrichment programs all over Kerala. The group has a total of twenty five members including 11 executive members. Natakagramam is also blessed with famous artists of Kerala which includes good actors, playwrights, musicians, light designers, directors, set designers and efficient organisers. Natakagramam has exhibited more than 30 plays in Kerala.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage                Sudhi
Vineesh P Vasu
Shyju P Olavanna
Rajesh Kakkoor
Girish Mannur
Saju Mokavoor
Kumar G Palath
Vinod Pilassery
M V Sureshbabu
R K Jayaprakash
Mirshad Salma
Mani Alampattil
Akash
Priya Sreejith
Ajitha
Prabha
Vijayamohan
Kavitha
Stage Assistant        Mohandas P M
Coordinator               Madhu M
Music            Sasi Pookkad
Technical Support                    Chanduz T
Make-up  Govind S
Scenic Design        Samkutty Pattomkary
Associate Director     Sreeshyju. K .P
   
Playwright                              Samkutty Pattomkary
Director                                  T. Suresh Babu

 

Contacts

Natakagramam Kozhikode

Nalini Nivas, West Hill (P.O.)

Kozhikode, Kerala – 673005

M: +91 9495612576

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AHE 10
All Plays Assamese Indian Plays

A HUMAN ENDEAVOUR

Playwright & Director: Shilpika Bordoloi
Group: Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation, Jorhat
Language: Assamese
Duration: 1 hr

The Play: The body is not only the physical manifestation of the living culture but also a site of cultural networks linking the practice and structures of power. In the process of creation somewhere the path becomes art.

 

When I placed my head on my pillow I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think. My imagination, unbidden, possessed and guided me, gifting the successive images that arose in my mind with a vividness far beyond the usual bounds of reverie…”

 

These are the opening lines of Mary Shelley’s reminisce as to how the idea of writing Frankenstein came to her.

 

This performance is not just an embodiment of the text as was written by the writer but a play in the context of the current socio-political climate in the world using the physicality of the body as a medium, in motion and stillness, to highlight the organic connect between emotion and action.

 

Director’s Note

 

The non-human dimension has always surrounded us. If it is not about the higher self or the higher force outside of us then it is the non-human as machine that grips us.

 

This play is based on Mary Shelley’s 1831 prose piece that I have adapted to a dramatic piece for performance. A Human Endeavour is about any woman who has lived a nightmare.

 

A Human Endeavour is also about a humanity that is plunging deeper and deeper into crisis. A Human Endeavour looks at the over-reaching innovator who fails to think through the consequences of his creation. Though in the book this character is the researcher-doctor-scientist Victor Frankenstein, in the play it is any politician, creator, and businessman, spiritual leader who has erred deeply in his failure to see the larger picture.

 

The play is a narrative from a psychological term – we watch from within/the personal viewpoint – while the images/political values are current.

 

The Director & Playwright

 

As a post-modern artist Shilpika Bordoloi works with stories from within her that she expresses in a process of/from a deeper place of feelings instead of pre-conceived ideas. She works at an intuitive multi-dimensional way with Movement Art as a practitioner, choreographer, director, teacher and a performer.

 

In her own practice since childhood she has been fundamentally and deeply connected to nature and the spiritual. She has studied a few forms of Indian Classical Dance and Martial Arts. She also works as a visiting faculty to the National School of Drama and at School of Film and Television. She is also actively involved in Yoga and is a Certified Yoga Teacher.

 

Shilpika has been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for Contemporary/Experimental Dance in India. She is the founder member of Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation (BCF) in Northeast India and has created a Centre of cultural exchanges called NOI at Jorhat, Assam.

 

The Group

 

Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation’s (BCF) mission is to preserve and promote cultural traditions of North-east India and showcase the best practices in the field of performing and visual arts from all over the world.

 

The Foundation aims at striking a balance between the flows of traditional and modern knowledge and addresses the social, cultural and developmental conflicts. Cultural exchanges, residencies, workshops, research based work have been the core areas so far.

 

BCF was established in 2013. BCF at Jorhat, Assam is NOI Centre. NOI teaches Sattriya Dance/Borgeet/Khol, Theatre, Creative Dance, Folk Instrument making and playing, folk songs and Yoga. BCF started out with a project about identity, hopes and aspirations of the people living along the Brahmaputra River called “Katha Yatra”. Majuli is the first production out of this project and it has performed extensively in India. In 2017 Majuli was also invited to the prestigious International Fringe Festival at Edinburgh, Scotland and 2018 to Hong Kong

Cast & Credits

On Stage: Shilpika Bordoloi, Bulki Kalita, Utpala Das, Shyamalima Dutta, Anahita Amani Singh, Dipankar Sabukdhara, Debojit Dutta, Srimanta Borah, Monjil Kalita, Sunil Bora, Nilansh Trikh

Light Design Ronal Hussain
Background Traditional  
Music & Sattriya Dance Paramananda Kakoty Borbayan
Music Design & Operation Arnab Bashistha
Backstage Ankur Pegu
Production Assistant Ronal Hussain
Choreography & Costume Shilpika Bordoloi
Assamese Translation of prose piece Promud Baruah

 

Playwright & Director:Shilpika Bordoloi

 

Contacts

Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation

BCF, D.C.B Road, Tarajan Kakoty Gaon

Jorhat – 785001, Assam

M: +91 8474875486

E: bcfindia13@gmail.com

ANDHA YUG 9
All Plays Gujarati Indian Plays

ANDHA YUG

Playwright: Dharmavir Bharati
Translation: Sukesh Panda
Director: Chavan Pramod R.
Group: Department of Dramatics,M.S. University, Vadodara
Language: Gujarati
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

Prologue: The prevailing fight between power and survival in the world, the wrath of the blind age.

Act 1: Dhrutarashtra and Gandhari crying for their dying sons and eagerly waiting for Sanjay. The Vrudhha Yachak enters with his predictions.

Act 2: Ashwatthama transforms himself into a destructive being and tries to kill Sanjay and Vrudhha Yachak, Krutvarma and Krupacharya question Ashwatthama’s intentions.

Act 3: Yuyutsu enters Hastinapur after winning battle with Pandvas, and Gandhari dishonours him. Ashwatthama justifies his intentions, and Krutvarma and Krupacharya join his struggle.

Interlude: The Vruddha Yachak explains Andha Yug and the characters give a description of their world.

Act 4: Vidur and Sanjay narrate the details of Ashwatthama’s cruelty to Gandhari. Ashwatthama releases Brahmastra. Sanjay leads Gandhari to the corpse of Duryodhan. Gandhari blames Krishna and curses him.

Epilogue: Question – “How to save humanity?”

 

Director’s Note

This piece of work focuses solely on the thematic content of the play, rather than abiding by the conventional structure. It attempts to look beyond the barriers of time and space and emerges subtly and symbolically. The questions raised are regarding human tolerance and the atrocities of war, where women, children and youth are the major victims. “When will the world be peaceful?” is the quintessential quest. I have attempted to depict my perceptions about how various systems drive a region and its inhabitants into insoluble problems of restless society and political turmoil, where the sole sufferers are the common people.

 

The Director

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan National Award for Theatre Direction, Dr. Chavan Pramod R. is a disciple of Guru Kavalam N. Panikkar, under whose guidance he pursued training of Natyashastra and Sanskrit Theatre. He also underwent the basic training of Kutiyattam at Kalamandalam and worked in-depth on different forms of Kerala. Dr. Chavan Pramod has done Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors in Theatre with 4 gold medals from the Dramatics Department, M. S. University of Baroda. Some of the plays designed and directed by him are Andhayug, Uttararmcharitam, Venisamhara, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Waiting for Godot, Vikramorvashiyam’s fourth Act, Dak Ghar, Juloos, Hayavadan etc. His book Rang Saptak – An Anthology of Panikkar’s Plays Translated in Hindi has been published by Rajkamal Prakashan.

 

The Playwright

Dharmavir Bharati was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the chief editor of the popular magazine Dharmayug. Bharati was awarded the Padmashri for literature in 1972 and Sangeet Natak Akademy Award in playwriting in 1988. Prominent works by him include Gunahon ka Devta, Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda, Andha Yug etc.

 

The Group

Department of Dramatics, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda has nurtured a number of aspiring artists wanting to pursue theatre as profession. Along with the academic experience it also creates a platform for art events, festivals, workshops, seminars and research. It has started “Satur Theatre” to inculcate performance skills in the students and orient audiences for the Theatre Movement. It has been conducting the Manch Parva – National Theatre Festival since 2011.

 

Cast & Credits

Gandhari 1                                 

Mallika Lokhande

Gandhari 2                                 

RiyaDoshi

Gandhari 3                                 

VaideshaLobiyal

Gandhari 4                                       

Aasawari Padhye

Gandhari 5                                       

Saloni Soni

Dhrutarashtra                           

ShashankJha

Ashwathama                              

Ivan MD Khan

Yuyutsu                                      

Akhil Nair

Sanjay                                       

Hardik Soni

VruddhaYachak/

 

Western Dance                           

Prashanjit Dey

Vidura                                        

Mohammad Nawaz Khan

Prahari1                                       

Dave Het

Prahari 2 /Fashion Show             

HimadriVyas

Vyasa /Chorus 1/Fashion Show           

Parth Nair

/Western Dance

 

Chorus 2/ Western Dance/

 

Fashion Show                              

Ankush Biniwale

Chorus 3                                              

Udaysinh R. Rajput

Chorus4                                          

Shreyas Sathe

Music Composer

 

& Vocal                                       

Vipul Barot

Music Composer

 

& Instrument                               

Manish Barot

Music Arranger                             

Birju Kanthariya

Music Operator                            

Sanket Chouhan

 

 

Lights                                                   

Manish Rohit, Hind Bhatt

Make-up                                      

Gaurav Chaturvedi

Translator                                       

Sudhir Kulkarni

 

 

Playwright                                  

Dharmvir Bharati

 

 

Performance Text, Design,

 

Direction & Choreographer      

Chavan Pramod R.

Contacts

Dr.ChavanPramod R.

Director, Department of Dramatics

Faculty of Performing Arts

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Opp.Sursagar, Nyay-Mandir, Gujarat

Vadodara- 390001

M:+91 9898822624

E: chavan_pramoduma@yahoo.co.in

chavan.pramod-dramatics@msubaroda.ac.in