NLSIU’s ‘Act One’ theatre festival gets under way

Staff Reporter

National Law School’s theatre festival will see a Pakistani troupe

BANGALORE: For the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) students, the second edition of the university’s theatre fest, “Admit One” should be special for at least one reason: a team of Pakistani students are scheduled to perform a play called Zindagi, Maut Aur Muqsad on November 21, an event that will give the law university reason to call its event truly “international”.

The 15-member team of performers from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, will arrive in Bangalore on Tuesday before their Wednesday’s debut on the Indian stage.

As the curtains went up on the festival on Monday, noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai was there to give the students a tip or two about why arts and theatre had to be linked to the contemporary real world.

“In Indian culture, the arts were never entertainment. It always was an educative one. It is a pity that we now look at theatre as something outside the ordinary life,” she told the students while declaring the event open. The Hindu MetroPlus is a media partner of the theatre festival.

Theatre, she said, could be a tool for lawyers to communicate issues about law and the Constitution to the larger crowd in a more acceptable, electric way. “To educate the larger public on their rights, this linkage with theatre could be useful,” she said. Bringing alive the festival on the first day was See Saw a play by seven adolescent boys with hearing disability. The play connoted the imbalance caused in the routine of a deaf child. The performers internalised these issues and were confident to take it to stage, thereby creating a platform to discuss and address these issues. Through “See Saw,” the audience could get a glimpse of the loneliness, failures, fears, peer pressures, responsibilities and the realities that the child faces.

On November 20, the festival will feature Wonderland Revisited, a re-look at the famed children’s tale through the prism of abstractions and Alice’s delirium. Victor’s Secret, a play on the same day by students of the B.M. Sreenivasaiah College of Engineering, is also scheduled for November 20. So is Fake Plastic Trees, Uninformed Love of Legal Services Clinic and Vodo, Bangalore by Matchstick.

November 21 will feature the play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Madras Christian College students. Man + Woman = Play, Death by Woody Allen An Adaptation by Lady Sri Ram College students and a performance by Logos Theatre are also lined up for the day. But the highlight could turn out to be Zindagi Maut Aur Muqsad, making the event an international one.

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