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TALES FROM THE MARGINS: A scene from “Bingad Di Voti”.
TALES FROM THE MARGINS: A scene from “Bingad Di Voti”.

A legacy of liberation

Through her work, Veena Sidhu Taneja hopes to spread her father’s mission and life’s work. »
PAST IMPERFECT: A scene from the play. THEATRE

Caught between fire and rain

Complex, intricate and intense, K.S. Rajendran’s “Agni Aur Barkha”, an adaptation of Girish Karnad’s celebrated Kannada play, tells us the devious forms that human ambition can take. »
A snapshot from Luftibus. Photo: Special Arrangement

Plays that pack a punch

The Nigazh National Theatre Festival presents plays from different languages and cultural backgrounds. »
December 25, 2014

Saved by the word

‘Calangute Cocktales’ are separate tales all set in Room no. 302 at a resort in Goa. Adapted from Neil Simon’s California Suite series, it was presented by Dramatic Circle of Hyderabad at... »
A scene from the play, Partition by Ira Hauptman. Photo: special arrangement
December 19, 2014

An ode to a genius

The collaboration between two of the greatest mathematicians of the twentieth century, Srinivasa Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy is fabled. Their relationship is the subject of Ira Hauptman’s 2003 play, <... »
Scene from “Sons of Babur”
December 18, 2014

History beyond textbooks

“Was Mughal emperor Aurangzeb a bigot who imposed jizyah on his non-Muslim subjects? Wasn’t he a great warrior whose empire extended from Kabul to Bengal, from Kashmir to the South? Yes, Aurangzeb... »
A scene from the play
December 11, 2014

For a fistful of sky

“Sara Ka Saara Asmaan”, which was presented by Wings Cultural Society this past week at Muktadhara Auditorium in New Delhi, opens with a scene set in a female ward of a mental asylum. We hear the a... »
Theatre person Veenapani Chawla. Photo: T. Singaravelou
December 11, 2014

The body meets the mind

As I type the words “last interview” my fingers feel wobbly and weak. It is a not journalistic compulsion that guides me to say this; it is the shock of the fragility of human life. Roughly a mont... »
Rehearsal scene from one of the plays
Bangalore, December 10, 2014

The theatre of medicine

Highlighting the value of empathy in healthcare, an arts festival will be conducted by Empathize Now during the fifth National Bioethics Conference, being held till December 13, at St. John’s Hosp... »
A scene from the play
December 5, 2014

A women’s world

The recently held Women Director’s Theatre Festival organised by New Delhi’s Punjabi Academy, opened with “Damru”, a play by Amritsar-based theatre group, Theatre Persons. A contemporary and se... »
A scene from the play.
December 4, 2014

The power of no

Professor Waman Kendre is a complete theatre artist — director, writer, designer and music composer — who seeks inspiration from traditional and folk art forms to evolve a modern theatre idiom. Wh... »
TRUE TO THE PLOT Animal Farm, directed by Mathivanan Rajendran, at Museum Theatre Photo: R. Ravindran.
Chennai, December 1, 2014

A barnyard fable

Sometimes it begins with the storming of a crumbling, medieval fortress, representing the authority of a weak king and his flamboyant queen. Or the unexpected martyrdom of a man who has nothing lef... »
Veenapani Chawla won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar for her contribution to Indian theatre as a director. File photo: R. Ravindran
PUDUCHERRY, November 30, 2014

Veenapani Chawla passes away

Veenapani Chawla, acclaimed theatre personality and founder of the Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts and Research near Auroville, passed away on Sunday, following a sudden heart attack. She wa... »

A technicolour dream performance

Star of the season

Virtual comfort

Out of creche

A different brew

Taking centre stage

The skies and beyond

An elephantine problem of a rebel

Touching a raw nerve

Vyjayanthimala Bali performing bharatanatyam at Bharat Kalachar in Chennai on December 21, 2014. Photo: R. Ragu
December 25, 2014

A life to treasure

A book titled “Chithira Tiruppavai” was published in 1965. It had beautiful illustrations for each Pasuram, by Chitralekha, who did the cover illustrations for Ananda Vikatan’s Deepavali Specials i... »
A scene from the social drama of noted writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao, 'Lava lo Yerra Gulaabi'. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
December 18, 2014

Lava of emotions

Man is a bundle of emotions and at times it seems a compound of contradictions. Nowhere, perhaps, does this contrast come out more than in a conflict between self-interest and a sense of sacrifice.... »
A scene from the play.
December 18, 2014

In the virgin territory

We have seen various versions of “The House of Bernarda Alba” by Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), Spanish poet and dramatist, on the Delhi stage. The most outstanding being by E. Alkazi which he... »
A scene from the play
December 11, 2014

Telling tales

Adapted from writer and social worker Veena Verma’s story, “Mull di Tiwi”, directed by Chandigarh-based director Sangeeta Gupta, was recently staged at the Women Director’s Theatre Festival. The co... »
T.M. Krishna
Thiruvananthapuram, December 11, 2014

Enthralling aural and visual imagery on stage

This year’s edition of the Museum Fest at Edappally took off with an English Play, ‘The Lady of Burma’, by British playwright Richard Shannon. The solo, directed by Prakash Belawadi and enacted... »

A scene from Voila! Cinderella - A Chirstmas Pantomime at Museum Theatre in Chennai. Photo: M. Vedhan
December 8, 2014

New spin on an old tale

A flurry of noise greets us when we enter Museum Theatre. It’s chaotic, and filled with more children than there is space, as The Little Theatre gets ready to put on its main production of the yea... »
A scene from
December 4, 2014

Clowning around

For a while, it looked like William Shakespeare’s work had been appropriated by our textbooks and dusty tomes in libraries, made unapproachable and rarefied by the sheer force of suggestion. But so... »
All in the family A few of the 65-member Surabhi family team. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
December 4, 2014

Spare a day for Surabhi

‘It’s our life’Wrinkles adorning her face are no deterrent to the spark in her eyes. Anasuya Devi at 80 is one of the oldest members of the Surabhi group. A recent heart surgery has slowed d... »
Actor Gillian Anderson and Tom Hiddleston pose for photographers on arrival at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, on November 30, 2014 in Central London. Photo: Reuters, AP
London, December 1, 2014

Gillian Anderson, Tom Hiddleston win big at Theatre Awards

Gillian Anderson and Tom Hiddleston were the big winners at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, picking up the coveted acting trophies at the annual prize-giving event.Anderson fought off... »
Anjana Anand. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
November 27, 2014

Worked at many levels

“Siva, Siva, Siva!” I chanted as the curtains went up. The ambience of the stage left no doubt in my mind that the evening would transport me to the world of Siva. A trishulam (trident)... »

A place in the sun

Play time!

An atmospheric show

Talking of boys

Dance of the butterfly

The life of a hijra

Sensitive play on children

Melting moments