Selected plays for 21st Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2020.

All Plays Hindi Indian Plays


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




Films and Theatre Society

113/2, Baldev Park Krishna Nagar- 110051

M: +91 9910606476


All Plays Hindi NSD Graduate Show


Playwrights: Salim Husan Mullah & Aditi Arya
Director: Mayengbam Sunil Singh
Group: NSD Student Diploma Production, New Delhi
Language: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr




The Play

This play begins with a series of family crises. All the members of this family are ambitious in their attempts to prove themselves. But living under the same roof, they fail to hold the family together. Each individual wants to take the entire family on his/her own journey. The patriarch of the household has a few expectations from his children but the children have different dreams. The play can be seen as a tussle between individual dreams and familial realities. As the play progresses, we find echoes of an entire nation in this household with each representative putting forward the problems concerning his field of interest. The social, political and economic aspects of the country are reflected in the bizarre yet relatable circumstances that one family encounters. All the relationships, ambitions and socio-political issues in this play have a satirical undercurrent.


Director’s Note

In our society, one doesn’t always appreciate individual endeavour. Each of us has his/her own story. What role does family play in this story of ours? What role does the government play in this story of ours? Do people with government jobs need to depend solely on the government? Do people with no jobs need to depend solely on their families? Is the development of a state only its government’s responsibility? I believe it’s every individual’s prerogative to work for his/her own well-being while contributing to the family as well as the state’s welfare. These scenarios make the premise of our play. With family crisis at its centre, it is a mini parliament in itself!


The Director

Mayengbam Sunil Singh is a graduate of 2019 with specialization in Direction from National School of Drama. In Manipur, he worked as an artist in the group Yumjao Lairembi Dramatic and Cultural Union, and Kangleipak Lamyanba theatre. He has also completed a three-year course of Manipuri classical dance and folk dance. Now he is working as an artist in T.I.E Company at NSD.


The Playwrights

The play has been co-written by Salim Mulla and Aditi Arya.

Salim Mulla is from Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He graduated in political science and then completed his diploma with acting as specialization, from National School of Drama (2016-2019)

Aditi Arya is from Haryana. She did her graduation and masters in commerce, and completed her diploma with acting as specialisation from National School of Drama (2016-2019)

Aditi and Salim are conducting a series of workshops with the theme ‘Understanding Theatre’, in different parts of India.


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

On Stage Jitu Rabha, Aditi Arya, Manoj Kumar Thapar, Sayan Sakar, Pallav singh, Somnath, Salim Husan Mullah, Bhumisuta Das
Light Sejuti Bagchi
Music Vetri Boopathy
Costume Ashwini Joshi
Property Aditi Arya, Somnath
Choreography Gujan Shukla
Script-writing Salim Husan Mullah, Aditi Arya
Special thanks             Aditi Arora
Playwrights                 Salim Husan Mullah & Aditi Arya
Concept, Design  
& Direction                 Mayengbam Sunil Singh



Mayengban Sunil Singh

M: +91 9774209861


All Plays Indian Plays Malayalam


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
Priya Sreejith
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



Natakagramam Kozhikode

Nalini Nivas, West Hill (P.O.)

Kozhikode, Kerala – 673005

M: +91 9495612576


AHE 10
All Plays Assamese Indian Plays


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



Brahmaputra Cultural Foundation

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

Jorhat – 785001, Assam

M: +91 8474875486


All Plays Hindi NSD Graduate Show


Dramaturge: Godavar & Shruti
Director: Shruti
Group: NSD Student Diploma Production, New Delhi
Lang: Hindi
Duration: 1 hr


The Play

K, a gender queer writer living a reclusive life with his brother, is visited one evening by two police officers. In the Kafkaesque interrogation that follows, K finds that the police has resorted to Orwellian measures – it has hacked K’s Wog to discover their whereabouts. The subsequent interrogation is an attempt to determine the connection between K’s stories and two murders, although other motivations flit around like shadows telling their own tales – and foretelling K’s destiny. A Case of Clairvoyance or Executing Miss K is a sketch of the questions that need to be asked, rather than those asked – and perhaps answered during K’s interrogation. Questions also surface from the palimpsest of memories unravelled through the interrogation and K’s stories. The play is presented as a dystopian drama inspired by Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, the works of Jorge Luis Borges, and colloquial folk narratives, besides drawing from the vast pools of real life incidents. Its production also digs deep into various traditions of storytelling thus paying homage to a long, rich literary history.


Director’s Note

The title of this play is a reverent salaam to the various tropes and traditions that have enriched and informed our worldview and gone a long way in lending flesh and blood to the characters whose lives we trace through our play. It highlights the theme of foreknowledge, which is woven multi-ply into our narrative. The play’s title also underscores the perception of our protagonist, K, by the State, as a delinquent needing to be silenced. In Brechtian sense, the title foreshadows the play’s conclusion, but leaves us wondering as to the whys and the wherefores of the impending execution.


The Director

Founding Director of The P[ART]licle Collective, a multidisciplinary artists collective, Shruti is an English (Hons.) graduate (gold medallist) from Delhi University, a Postgraduate-Diploma holder in Acting (gold medallist) from Jamia Milia Islamia University, and a graduate in Dramatic Arts with specialization in Direction from the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She also holds a Senior Diploma in Hindustani Classical Music (vocal) from Prayag Sangeet Samiti (Allahabad). With an amateur and professional theatre background spanning eight years and over twenty productions, she has donned the hats of an actor, director, designer, as well as significant managerial posts for which she has been awarded at various events and competitions. She has appeared in cameo roles in full-length feature and short films.



Godavar, formally known as Raghuram S Godavarthi, is a writer focusing primarily on poetry and stage plays, with one published collection of poems to his credit (A Turn of Poetry, Brown Critique-Sampark, 2013). As a student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in the USA, he participated extensively in amateur theatre, writing, adapting, and translating – as well as directing (and acting in) as many as 12 productions (4 full-length) between 2006-2010 in Hindi and English. He lives with his family on the outskirts of Mumbai.


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.

K’s Alter Ego Tapasya Dasgupta
(Earlier played by Yashaswini R.)
Tilottama Tukaram Aditi Arya
Abhigyan Atmaram Salim Husen Mulla
Taher K. Karun/Taher’s Alter Ego Sayan Sarkar
Chorus Ayush Awasthi, Sachin Jha, Arpit Chauhan, Himanshu Pal, Vishesh Bapai, Deepan Singh, Indra Bhushan
Associate Director & Light Design & Operation Greeny Francis
Art Director Argha Kamal Ganguly
Associate Art Director Shiv Swaroop
Documentation & Media Designer Amresh K. Anand
Movement Director Yashaswini R.
Music Composition & Arrangement  Anirudh Varma, Ishan Tyagi
Live Music Ramesh Hembrams (Guitar)
Abhishek Gogna (Synthesizer)
Aditya Singh Deep [Vocals]
App. Developers Immersive Stories Pvt. Ltd
Costume & Make-up Abhilasha B. Poul
Costume Execution Aditi Arya
Make-up Execution Esha Shital
Stage Manager Arpit Chauhan
Floor Manager Sachin Jha
Production Assistants Akshay Singh, Sagnik Charaborty,
Animesh Barman, Adith AK
 Scenographer Shruti
Dramaturg                                                      Godavar
Direction, Co-Dramaturgy, Scenography Shruti

M: +91 9650555377

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All Plays Gujarati Indian Plays


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                                 


Gandhari 3                                 


Gandhari 4                                       

Aasawari Padhye

Gandhari 5                                       

Saloni Soni




Ivan MD Khan


Akhil Nair


Hardik Soni



Western Dance                           

Prashanjit Dey


Mohammad Nawaz Khan


Dave Het

Prahari 2 /Fashion Show             


Vyasa /Chorus 1/Fashion Show           

Parth Nair

/Western Dance


Chorus 2/ Western Dance/


Fashion Show                              

Ankush Biniwale

Chorus 3                                              

Udaysinh R. Rajput


Shreyas Sathe

Music Composer


& Vocal                                       

Vipul Barot

Music Composer


& Instrument                               

Manish Barot

Music Arranger                             

Birju Kanthariya

Music Operator                            

Sanket Chouhan




Manish Rohit, Hind Bhatt


Gaurav Chaturvedi


Sudhir Kulkarni




Dharmvir Bharati



Performance Text, Design,


Direction & Choreographer      

Chavan Pramod R.


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