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Actresses steal show at Bismillah Khan awards


TheBismillah Khan Awards for music, dance, theatre and puppetry were given away to young and promising artistes by Sangeet Natak Akademi chairman Leela Samson on March 7.
A majority of the awards in theatre were bagged by women. Dakshina Sharma, Pakiia Bem, Anita Shabdeesh were honoured for their acting skills. The only male winner in the acting category was Danish Iqbal.

Drama fest brings out the best in Punjabi theatre


This time the Punjabi Academy’s annual drama festival was not competitive and hence two of the stalwarts of Punjabi theatre also participated. Neelam Man Singh Chowdhury came with Tagore’s story, A Wife’s Letter, adapted into Punjabi by the poet Surjit Patar.

Biswas at her best in Tagore’s feminist tale


Seema Biswas is a great actor, both on stage and screen. I remember her in the role of Nati Binodini, a play directed by Bapi Bose, during Biswas’ stint at the National School of Drama (NSD) repertory in the eighties. In the play based on the autobiography of a 19th century actress, Biswas was superb in her instinctive grasp of the artiste’s traumatic life.

Bharangam: Few plays to stay in memory


The National School of Drama’s 14th Bharangam theatre festival is now in its second week. The count on the fingers of one hand the plays that will remain in memory.

14th edition of Bharangam pays tribute to Tagore

NSD’s 14th Bharangam festival does not have famous names of international directors nor does it feature that many Indian great theatre persons, even so there are some exciting plays by Polish director

Play depicts Mumtaz as a ruthless and ambitious woman

Was Mumtaz Mahal just a beautiful woman with whom Shah Jahan was besotted? Was she merely a wife, happy to bear children, to provide an heir for the Mughal dynasty?

Lady Swettenham: a play with many roles done brilliantly

The Masa Kini Theatre company of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was sponsored by the Tadpole Theatre in their Panchsheel Intimate Theatre. The play was an apt choice for the space.

Plays delve into the culture of violence


This year the final year students of the National School of Drama staged two plays instead of the usual one as their farewell production.

Kotla’s historic ruins come alive with anti-war epic verse drama


There has been a lot of theatre this past fortnight.

A meditation on ties in a time of riots

Little was not impressive in the National School of Drama Repertory Company’s latest production Hamara Shahar Us Baras, directed by Kirti Jain based on a novel by Geetanjali Shree.

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Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.