EVENT With the Bharat Rang Mahotsav on, there’s no sleep for theatre loversthis weekend
The ongoing 15th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the Capital’s largest theatre festival organised by the National School of Drama, offers a range of Hindi and non-Hindi plays this weekend.
Assamese is the language of “Saba Kota Manuh”, based on the novel by Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi , dramatised by Anup Hazarika and directed by Pakija Begum. Themes include ritual, the dead, the living and true love. January 12, Shri Ram Centre, 4.30 p.m. Then at LTG, 6:30 p.m., comes “Prem Ki Bhoot Katha” in Hindi, based on the novel by Vibhuti Narain Rai, directed by Dinesh Khanna. The Hindi play is about a writer in search of the exquisite who reads Ruskin Bond’s Mussouri and Landour: Days of Wine and Roses , and is led into a surreal world of murder and mystery.
In between, at 6 p.m. at NSD’s Bahumukh, comes the non-verbal “Natura Sonoris” from Italy, directed by Laura Colombo and Luca Ruzza.
At 7 p.m. at Kamani is “Indian Tempest” directed by Footsbarn Theatre’s Paddy Hayter. The new adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy developed in collaboration with Indian artistes, the production in English, French and Malayalam lasts two hours. At 8.30 p.m. is “Tathagata” in Bengali, by late Mohit Chattopadhyaya and directed by Tapanjyoti Das.
At Meghdoot 2, 5:00 p.m. is “Muthabhar Tandul” in Marathi (Zadiboli). Directed by Anirudha D. Wankar, the play by Sangeeeta Tiple revolves around a fight of a poor farmer, Sambha, against oppressive businessmen but does not end on a note of defeat in these cynical times.
Sunday offers a similar opportunity to immerse yourself in ideas. The plays are Badal Sircar’s “Teesven Shatabdi” (Hindi, SRC 4.30 p.m.), “Yamadoothu — After the Death of Othello” (Malayalam/English, LTG 6.30 p.m.); “Medea” (Bengali, Sammukh, 6 p.m.); “Piya Bahroopiya” (Hindi,Kamani auditorium 7 p.m.); and “Sri Sri Chakra” (Assamese, Abhimanch 8.30 p.m.).
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