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Play captures plight of the elderly


Jayawant Dalvi’s Sandhya Chhaya was staged by the Shri Ram Rep Co. (SRC) as part of a festival that I missed as I was out of town. I caught the last play which is a sample of the progress the repertory company has made over the years.

Theatre gets a dash of magical fun at Hong Kong Disneyland


My visit to the Disneyland in Hong Kong was an entertaining revelation. There is theatre everywhere. From the word go there is magical fun in the air. The set is Main Street which is modelled on a small town in the US of 1890-1910. Though being very similar to Anaheim’s main street, the theme is heavily influenced by European immigrants. Plaza Inn which mimics a classical Chinese eatery that was created by a wealthy American couple who were infatuated with Chinese culture.

Of alcohol, addiction and women


It is written in the Natyashastra that success in theatre which includes dance is of two kinds: the human and the divine.
Human success is when all the elements of abhinay or acting from the costume to the verbal and physical inputs are finely balanced with the content. When the emotions and feelings are expressed in a way in which they sound genuine and are also presented in an excellent style, when there is no noise, no disturbance and no calamity

Human face of Terror


Terrorism has many faces. The most tragic is of young boys misled to take up arms against the kafirs or non-believers.

Stand up and laugh

What exactly is a stand-up artiste? This is what the billing read for Sanjay Rajoura who performed at the India Habitat Centre (“End the Occupation”) on Sunday.
The thesaurus meanings: “stand-up” means resist, contend, and solo, trustworthy, erect and also refers to a person standing alone and telling a story to an

Delhi hosts indigenous Northeast fest


The IGNCA is a research centre, but in the past year has brought its projects to the public.

Weaving child delights


Socho! Jab Sab Ulta Ho, a play for children, is the latest offering from the NSD’s second year students. Inspired by the Swedish Nobel Prize winner Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking, the author is NSD alumnus Prasanna who lives in the village Heggodu in Karnataka, where he has set up weaving centre. The play, an elaborate and complex tale

A tale of two directors


The Natrang Pratishthan organised an interaction with two leading women directors, Dr Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry and B.

Absurdist love, Kuka call and puppet plays


IRISH WRITER Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) has become almost synonymous with his Waiting for Godot, a play in the absurdist tradition which has had a thousand flowerings in almost every Indian language i

Meta rolls out red carpet yet again


This year’s Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) was a trifle off colour. In the sense that the plays one saw at the festival were not of the best quality.

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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.