Vatsala Shrivastava

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A wanderer seeks meaning of life


She spotted a little raindrop afraid of taking the free fall, and her heart melted. She immediately summoned butterflies and sent them to kiss the scared raindrop and turn it into a blooming rainbow.

Stand-at-ease is not easy task on stage


Yes, an-hour long one man comedy-show! Where did it race, yeah, that mind of yours? Is Jerry of Seinfeld fame causing a laughter riot in the city? Has God sent Bill Hicks to conduct quality check on Family Guy or is it Richard Pryor burning himself alive on the “sunset strip” tonight? Nostalgia may choose its path depending on what you want flashing out of the hat in the verbal magic trick that comedy is. However, for Delhi audience it will be Family Jewels, a one-man comedy directed by Vivek Mansukhani, at India Habitat Centre on Sunday evening. Written and enacted by Rasik Chopra, the play is a narrative of his own life.

10 groups take stage in top award festival


The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) came back to the city on Thursday night. The festival, now in its seventh year, stands strong on its objective to encourage theatre in all Indian languages. META works as a continued effort in the direction to recognise and encourage theatre.

Delhi kids remember Tagore


The Delhi Children’s Theatre celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore with a two-day festival which started on February 7. Around 450 schoolchildren performed Ritu Rang, a nritya-natika based on Tagore’s poems. Two hundred children joined the chorus and 250 complemented them with dance and drama, exploring moods of seasons.

Life’s intricacies in slow motion

Her words see through the symptoms and find the cause. Like a thin ray of sunlight that manages to find its way to the basement, they reveal the malignant sources of darkness hidden underneath dense layers.
With such words at her command, in her quest for the meaning of life, author Anita Agnihotri rakes the unexplored underbelly of India. A bureaucrat by profession, she has authored over 30 books.

Puppetry festival explores new avenues


With Ishara Theatre Festival beginning on Friday, Delhi is all set to experiment with colourful puppets to resonate with the colourful play of spring.

A reflection on time & timeless

A still from the documentary Earth Witness.

International leaders and diplomats, passionate rows over treaties, global conferences in exotic locations, activists protesting outside Z-security zones are instances that flash when climate change is mentioned these days. Amidst the high adrenalin frenzy, Earth Witness, a documentary by filmmaker Akanksha

Civil Society honours 6 for changing lives

The Civil Society Hall of Fame, an initiative by Civil Society magazine, in association with Azim Premji Foundation, has recognised six initiatives led by fellow citizens who have chosen to live their lives in action and make a

Helping kids bond with books, writers

Children’s literature festival Aviva Bookaroo is back in the city for the fourth year. Several city schools are joining the three-day festival, which aims at bringing children and books together, on Friday at Sanskriti Kendra on the Mehrauli Gurgaon Road. The world of books will be open for all word lovers on Saturday and Sunday.

Bollywood to share thoughts with Delhi

Bollywood celebrities are gathering in the city for a discussion on cinema on Friday and citizens are welcome to speak on the issue.

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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.