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Open Slowly breaks norms, sets new pace

Presented by the Tadpole Theatre Company, Open Slowly is interactive theatre, which involves the audience in its enactment completely.

A migrant’s dilemma and Tagore’s pathos

The somnambulant Chingari has risen with a sparkling new play In the Dark by the Israeli writer Motti Lerner and directed by K.

A park that unfolds a deeper social dilemma


The Jashne-Juban festival at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi featured the play Gandhi Park directed by JNU alumnus Tarique Hameed at the social sciences auditorium. The work is based upon Manav

The last Mughal speaks


Salman Khur-shid’s play Sons of Babur describes the history of the Mughal dynasty as seen through the eyes of the last Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

NSD students graduate with novel ideas on stage

A scene from Tota Bola during the graduate show at the National School of Drama.	PHOTOS: Asian Age

THIS YEAR’S graduate show at the National School of Drama (NSD) featured six productions. The ideas and themes chosen by the class of 2011 were quite novel.

Akademi fest offers dated yet realistic and symbolic narrative


Amongst the Sangeet Natak Akademi annual awardees for theatre in 2011 was Banwari Taneja, the actor who began his career with B.M. Shah’s Trishnku, in which I also acted. He was a young man very keen to make it big but at the same time he was a delightful and generous person.

Goodbye disappoints, Ghalib grows

staged by Ruchika, directed by Fiezal Alkazi, and was presented by Old World Culture, Goodbye Forever at the IHC’s Stein auditorium.

An Indian salute to the Bush-Zaidi saga


Arvind Gaur has a mass following is obvious from the crowd that gathered to see his latest play The Last Salute at the Shri Ram Centre.

Tagore’s Muktadhara still topical, relevant

TAMASHA NA HUA, written and directed by Bhanu Bharti (the recipient of NSD’s best all-round student and the best director awards in his graduating year 1971) is a play within a play.

Poet Amrita Pritam’s life enacted on stage


Amrita Pritam (August 1919-October 2005), the Punjabi poet who was as well known for her emotional and humanistic poetry as for her bohemian life, was the subject of an interesting drama, Amrita, A Sublime Love Story, written by Danish Iqbal and presented by Impresario Asia and Old World Culture at the Habitat Centre.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

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