Variety fare at Indianostrum

An evening of Gaana songs is scheduled at Indianostrum this month. Photo: Special Arrangement

An evening of Gaana songs is scheduled at Indianostrum this month. Photo: Special Arrangement   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A play within a play and Gaana music by David Salamon in the offing

A play within a play, traditional Tamil theatre and powerful Gaana music provide for a packed calendar at Indianostrum through September.

The city-based theatre group will present Hello Tension, produced by Lights Off Theatre and directed by Siddhanth Sundar on September 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. at Indianostrum theatre.

The play, which is set in Bengaluru, takes a peek into a functional theatre troupe in the middle of a production, “with all its cracks and corners, songs and sonnets, dreams and desires.”

Next up is another Lights Off Theatre offering The Edge of Heaven, helmed by the same director. The play is based on a story set in Iran at a time when around 700 people were publicly hanged in a year for committing a crime. The play is being staged in India, at a time when the call for a culture of pardon rather than retribution, is getting louder.

The Edge of Heaven will be staged on September 14 (7 p.m.) and September 15 (4 p.m.). An evening of Gaana songs with David Salamon on love, friendship and heartbreak will be held on September 20. An actor and singer from Villupuram, Salamon has been performing Gaana songs for the past eight years. He, along with his group, has performed on the streets, in temple festivals and during occasions of bereavement.

Kattai Koothu play

Guduguduppukkari’s Bad Hindu, written, directed and performed by Sunanda Raghunathan, is a Kattai Koothu play (a form of traditional theatre) in English.

According to Indianostrum, the title Bad Hindu is a nod to the structure of the play and Hindu philosophy of death and rebirth.

The performance is scheduled to be held at 7.30 p.m. on September 21. Indianostrum heads off to Coimbatore later this month to stage Chandâla, impure in collaboration with Udalveli Arts Foundation.

The back-to-back performances are scheduled for four days from September 26 at Clusters Media Institute.

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