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NSD fest digs into classic adaptations

Watching Begum Ka Takia again at the NSD was like going back to a time when the NSD Rep. Co. had actors like Uttara Baokar, Pankaj Kapoor, K.K.

Northeast tales bewitch Delhi

Manipur maybe culturally the richest state in the Northeast, but the evolution of contemporary theatre has caught up more in Assam.

Zohra the inimitable

Anyone who lives for so many years and retains their senses is allowed to write her/his memoirs. Particularly when the memories are so rich and varied. The intrepid Zohra Segal, actor, dancer and raconteur par excellence, is all of 98-years-old and still going strong. She loses no opportunity to recite Urdu poetry from memory. Her favourite is Hafeez Jalandhari’s Abhi toh main jawan hoon…

Three dazzling tales of yore

The NSD Rep Company’s latest play directed by the Uzbek director Ovlyakuli Khodjakuli is a visual enactment of the 19th century Russian poet and author Pushkin’s Little Big Tragedies.

High five with NSD

The NSD graduate p production threw up some intereting works. Firoz Khan tackled the short novel Pedro Paramo by the Mexican writer Juan Rulfo with imagination. Adapted and directed by Firoz, the novel comes into the category of magical realism. A young man is sent by his mother to Comala to find his father and make him pay or

Power plays at NSD

This year, once again, the NSD is showing its talented graduate students in a festival of five plays at the NSD’s Abhimanch and Bahumukh auditoriums from August 10-15.

Play on cancer awareness lacks drama

Jab They Met, the title inspired by the blockbuster film Jab We Met, is titillating enough to draw an audience which it did at the India Habitat Centre recently. Presented by The Living Room Theatre, the play is an ongoing process in raising “awareness on the social issues of the day” by writer- director-singer and founder of the group, Sarita Vohra, who has written the amazing number of 45 plays for children and adults. Quite an achievement! But is what she writes drama?

Strings attached: On song on stage

The subtitle for the play Bring Down the Walls by Dream Theatre reads: “An original concert theatre by Rahul Pulkeshi.’’ What exactly is concert theatre?

Mystery gives Leela Tapes delightful run

New groups are coming up in Delhi almost by the day. Few survive the year. Some carry on as a name, sans activity. Several of them make a promising start and then wither away in a year or so.

A production of epic proportions

It was most unexpected: the Ramayana playing in Washington DC.

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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.