NEW DELHI: A Pakistani adaptation of Kalidasa’s “Abhijnanasakuntalam”, Henrik Ibsen’s “A Dolls House” in Nepali as well as works by giants of contemporary Indian theatre like Vijay Tendulkar, B. V. Karanth and Habib Tanvir will be the highlights of the 12th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav of the National School of Drama beginning here next month.

The annual festival from January 6 to 22 will witness 86 of the best productions from across India and the rest of the world.

A part of the fest including national and international productions will also be held in Bhopal from January 12 to 20.

Bharat Rang Mahotsav will host 13 international theatrical productions from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Britain, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan and Singapore.

The foreign component includes revisiting ancient plays like “Medea” (Italy), “Shakuntala” (Pakistan) and “Odysseus Chaoticus” (Israel), unique conceptualisations such as “Kiosk” (Japan) and innovative collaborations such as “The Spirits Play” (Singapore), representations of folk legends “The Orphan of Zhao” (China), works by modern playwrights such as Giraudoux (Bangladesh), Ibsen (Nepal), Pinter (France) and Muller (Germany), a solo operatic act (Britain) and a puppet performance (Afghanistan).

Director Zain Ahmed said he chose the play “Shakuntala” as a “means to explore some of our cultural conventions about love, sacrifice, fate and the role of God in human affairs”.

Re-interpretation

“I have in this production tried to move away from a conventional presentation of the play by focusing on what we at the National Academy of Performing Art felt were the essentials of the text which we then re-interpreted and presented as movement and sound. The aim was to move away from the spoken word and use movement and sound to convey meaning,” he said. “The 2010 festival, on the whole, aims to showcase the synthesis of experience, tradition, new energy and vision which infuses the dramatic form while creating a new language that pushes the boundaries of the known, the expected and the usual,” the NSD said.

A special focus of the festival will be evenings of theatre music and songs that will include stalwarts like Karanth, Jagmohan Upreti and Tanvir. In addition, the fest will also be host to a round-table conference that will include eminent people from the world of theatre and allied arts coming together to discuss issues of current interest to practitioners.

Works of eminent playwrights like Dharamvir Bharati’s “Andha Yug”, Tendulkar’s “Sakharam Binder” and Mahesh Elkunchwar’s “Garbo” will be presented in striking new productions alongside world classics like Ibsen’s “When We Dead Awaken”, “Little Eyolf” and “A Dolls House”, Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros”, Pinter’s “Democracies” and Chekov’s “Tedha Darpan”.

Shakespearean texts will be re-explored in “Lady Macbeth Revisited” as well as “Hamlet -- the Clown Prince”, while the human predicament in times of political turmoil will be seen in “Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya”, “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial” and “Black Orchid”, among others. Themes of hope and regeneration will be poetically rendered in “Technicolour Dream 2” and “Monglee”. – PTI.

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