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Lost its tempo: ' Ippadikku Nandini.' Photo: R. Ravindran.
Special arrangement Lost its tempo: ' Ippadikku Nandini.' Photo: R. Ravindran.

A promise unfulfilled

Shraddha’s ‘Ippadikku Nandini’ had its moments. »

Mundane magic

“Trivial Disaster” is a collection of seemingly ordinary stories, but each comes with an unexpected twist. »
A scene from the play

Pulse of the doctor

“Neem Hakeem Khatra-e-Jaan” exposes the mentality of wealthy bourgeois and the credulity of the common man. »
A NOVEL PLOT Characters take centre stage at Museum Theatre. Photo: R. Ragu
Chennai, September 14, 2014

Murder, she wrote

She may not be the best there is available but she is certainly the most popular. And it isn’t hard to discover why. Clichés and predictability aside, Agatha Christie’s narrative is eminently reada... »
Theatre personality Bhanu Bharti in New Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.
New Delhi, September 10, 2014

Thirty-plus and strong

The continuous run of not one but two plays for 30 years is bound to swell any director’s chest with pride. Similar is the case with Aaj Theatre Repertory's “Pashu Gayatri” and “Amar Beej” directed... »
CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF A PLAYWRIGHT In the metaphysical realm
Bangalore, September 9, 2014

On a writer’s trail

If it is an Ajay Krishnan play, you can expect a witty script, layered with meaning. Writer of acclaimed plays such as Trivial Disasters, Butter and Mashed Banana, among others... »
This production explores the various styles of theatre with the possibility of giving Tamil viewers a different experience on a family subject. Photo: Special Arrangement
September 4, 2014

Shraddha’s next play

Shraddha-the theatre people are ready with their next play. This time, the troupe is presenting a contemporary family drama titled ‘Ippadikku Nandini.’ The 15th production of Shraddha scripted by... »
KABHI KABHIE Tom Alter played the legendary Sahir Ludhianvi’s in a play “Parchhaiyan” Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
New Delhi, September 3, 2014

A poet’s life

Some words, penned with such truth and beauty, transcend the inevitable passage of time. Even today, Sahir Ludhianvi’s lyrics survive their creator, thriving in countless hums and renditions. And e... »
Jatayuvadham. Photo: M. Srinath
August 28, 2014

Austere yet engaging

Though Koodiyattom, a classical Sanskrit theatre tradition of Tamilagam (Tamil-speaking Southern peninsula) has its earliest recorded reference in the 1500-year old Tamil epic, ‘Silappadikaram’, it... »
A play being staged
August 28, 2014
United Flavours

For Chavittu Natakam

Kerala Chavittu Nataka Academy TARGET: To document the cultural legacy of Chavittu Natakam and to promote it as one of the unique theatre art forms of Kerala. ORIGIN:»
A scene from the play 'It's Not Waht You Tihnk!' by Cartel, Mumbai. Photo: K. Ramesh Babu
August 25, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: It's Not Waht You Think

The second day’s play It’s not Waht you Tihnk! had the audience rolling in the aisles, and the response to ‘Citizen reviews’, overwhelming as usual. Mahesh Patil is selected as the ‘... »
Comes alive on stage Photo: R. Ravindran
August 25, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Colour Blind

In the mood for death If you went to see Colour Blind expecting a conventional play with a beginning, middle and end, you might as well have stayed at home. Colour Blind<... »
IT’S SHOWTIME The team of Fiddler on the Roof
Bangalore, August 24, 2014

The song and dance of theatre

The musical Fiddler on the Roof is known to be realistic, humorous and surrealistic at once. The facets of this musical are still relevant to theatre-going audience. Reading the scrip... »

Unlocking epic stories

A rendezvous with Tagore

Unwanted guests, undemanding fun

Minutes with the Bard

Memory and arts, through the prism

That community feeling

Citizen Reviews: It’s Not Waht You Tihnk

Citizen Reviews: Colour Blind

Citizen Reviews: Beyond Binary

A still from the play Jeevana Vedam Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
September 11, 2014

Of filial responsibilities

While it is said that the best way to age is to do so gracefully, when parents fail to find an expression of filial love or assistance it creates a difficult situation. Picking up on this thread,... »
CLASS ACT P.C. Ramakrishna. Photo: M. Vedhan
Chennai, September 9, 2014

And the show goes on

It’s been nearly half a century since thespian P.C. Ramakrishna first trod the boards of the Museum Theatre. But the lights haven’t dimmed, the curtain hasn’t fallen, the show still goes on and how... »
The play was presented by the FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and MTS India.
September 4, 2014

In dialogue

The energy Ila Arun exudes isn’t confined to any one medium, and on stage, it finds its place yet again, infusing each dialogue and action with vigour and life. Of course, in “Namaste: Jai Shri Kr... »
At rehearsals. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
September 4, 2014

The timetable is out!

It’s exam time once again! Just a few months ago, Y.Gee. Mahendra joined hands with director/playwright Venkat for a comedy with a supernatural slant that transcended to a metaphysical pl... »
Classical nuances, contemporary notes and more during the three-day camp of Berzerk 2014.
September 1, 2014

All about the arts

Bangalore is familiar territory for shows which feature bands performing or theatre groups on numerous available platforms. But, after a long time, the city witnessed visual art, theatre, dance and... »
Stand-up comedian Praveen Kumar
August 28, 2014

Time for a tickle

Praveen Kumar is a 33-year-old Bangalore based stand-up comedian. During his BITS-Pilani days, he discovered and enjoyed performing mime. After college, he felt the need to work in stand-up comed... »
High on innovation and content.
August 27, 2014

Gone in 60 seconds

Touted as the first ever one minute play festival in the country, Zip Zap Pow hit stages across the city over the past few weeks, showcasing original works by dozens youngsters. Presented by The To... »
A scene from the 'Return of the dirty old men' Photo: Nagara Gopal
August 25, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Return of the Dirty Old Men

The seventh edition of The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest came to an end on August 24 with staging of the play Return of the Dirty Old Men. Thank you audience for making the Fest a hug... »
A scene from Noises Off. Photo: V. Ganesan
August 25, 2014

Citizen Review: Noises Off

Laugh riot I went in knowing nothing about the ironically titled play Noises Off, which has seen several stagings across the world in the past three decades and even has its... »
August 24, 2014
MPTF 2014

Citizen Reviews: Boiled beans on toast - A perfect amalgamation

I went to watch Boiled Beans on Toast with a lot of anticipation. I’m in awe of the talented Lilette Dubey and have great respect for one of the country’s finest playwrights Girish... »

Making space for classical art

To catch the conscience of the folk

‘We are old men, dirty or otherwise’

Everyman’s quest

Not a one-trick pony

Citizen Reviews: Macbeth

Citizen Reviews: Beyond Binary

Citizen Reviews: Macbeth

I went to watch Boiled Beans on Toast with a lot of anticipation. I’m in awe of the talented Lilette Dubey and have great respect for one of the country’s finest playwrights Girish... »