The Hindu Theatre Fest 2018

Stand on the Street - Produced by Visual Respiration and Directed by Aruna Ganesh Ram

The street is filled with stories waiting to be told. Will you stop to listen? Will you stop to observe? Come experience life on the street as four characters unveil their life stories. Come Stand on the Street.

Love in the air: On the beaches of Tamil Nadu, young and vivacious Rani is selling Sundal - a lentil snack. The atmosphere of love lingers as couples hold hands and share intimate moments. She is swayed and recounts moments of love with her husband, imagining herself as a lead in a romantic movie. The waves of the sea set the ebb & flow of her life narrative. Will she ride the wave or succumb?

Calm in the face of storm: Mumbai never sleeps, and Jadhav has become part of its ever changing landscape. Selling Litti Choka from Bihar, he is constantly hassled by the cops, the customers and the street dog too does not spare him. His aspirations for his daughters is what allows him to endure and move on. What happens when he is forced into a corner? Will he stand up for his family?

MOMO Madness: Life is shaping up for Sangeetha as she finally manages to stabilise her MOMO business in Delhi. She has a network of loyal customers, she's an entrepreneur and has a really strong work ethic. But all of it changes when she wakes up to the news that MOMOs are about to be banned in India. She decides to take the matter head on with a politician, calling out the hypocrisy of everyone involved, including her own.

Bite. Chew. Spit: Temple Bells, Crispy Kachoris and chants of "Jai Bhole” bring Benaras to Life and death - seamlessly. Gyan Dutt Shukla is caught up in all things trivial - jealous neighbours, his greedy wife, and some street smart politicians. He has a point of view on everything which he delivers from 4 * 4 box of a shop, where he's a bit of showman (read showoff). Overtime Shukla has become the Paan he sells, a little bitter on the tongue, sweet in the crux but leaves a stain nonetheless.

Two actors play 10 characters in this compelling and exciting play, using masks, physical theatre and street food.


Director’s quote:

“The stories of the street have fed us thought. The performance process has made us reflect, realise and appreciate the endurance and enterprise of the street chef. Meeting over 250 street chefs across the country was humbling. To learn of their stories and learn from their experience has enriched our performance process.”


Playwright: Devised by Visual Respiration

Language/s: Hindi, Tamil, English

Duration:  75 mins

Interval: No

Director: Aruna Ganesh Ram

Theatre group: Visual Respiration



Performed by Anjana Balaji and Aditya Garg

Environment Design by Natasha Sharma

Aural Landscapes by MT Aditya


Suitable for ages: Mature audiences


Dates & Venue:


  • Chennai – Aug 10, 11, 12, Rehearsal Room, Mezzanine Floor, Sir Mutha Concert Hall


Time: 2.30pm (Aug 10) 2.30 pm and 5.30 pm (Aug 11 and 12)




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