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All the world’s a stage

All the world’s  a stage
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28 August will witness Neem Hakeem Khatra-E-Jaan (Hindi) written by - Moliere and adapted by - VK Shrama and Amitabh Srivastav. The direction is by Ajit Chowdhury. The play tells the story of a lazy and drunkard husband who makes life hellish for his wife. Lakshmi, the wife of Chander, a wood-cutter, vows to teach her husband a lesson and take revenge for all the troubles he has given her. 

She gets a chance when two passersby come looking for a doctor.  She tells them Chander is an able doctor, but he will not confess to this fact unless they thrash him. After a thorough beating, Chander admits to being anything that they want him to be. Thus, he finds himself elevated to being a doctor. From a good-for-nothing fellow, suddenly he becomes a very respectable. People listen to him and pay him quite well. He is enjoying all this and vows to remain a doctor all his life. This is when he happens to commit a big blunder and is about to be arrested and put behind the bars.

However, he is saved by the timely arrival of his wife and the play ends on a happy note. 
29 August stages Sakharam Binder (Hindi) written by Vijay Tendulkar and the direction is by Suresh Sharma. The play revolves around the life of Sakharm – a book binder, who lives life by his own rules He openly contests the existing marriage system and the hypocrisy it is based on and questions the notion of emotional attachments as crucial to any relationship. Drawing up his own rules, he picks up other men’s discarded women – castoff wives who would otherwise be homeless, destitute or murdered with impunity and gives them shelter in return for household work and other ‘favors’.

Despite his apparent progressiveness, Sakharam rules his home like a tyrant, although each woman is told that she is free to leave whenever she likes. What he does not anticipate are the moral and emotional complications of this arrangement, which prove ruinous to everyone involed. 

Bobby Breaker (Hindi) takes the stage on 30 August and is written by Late Sudhir Kavdi the adaptation, translation, design and direction  is by Geeta Agrawal Sharma. The story is about the struggle of a young boy Vishwas Joshi – pet name Bobby. He is a hardworking, sincere and talented guy but the only thing that makes him feel inferior is that he stammers and hence people call him ‘Bobby- Breaker’.  One day Bobby meets a girl Miss Choudhary and fall in love. But he is unable to express his love. To overcome his problem he visits a speech therapist as per his friends’ suggestion.

The doctor prescribes occupational therapy. As per therapy Bobby has to take initiative and talk to three unknown persons daily. The therapy create a mess as most of the people he meets are one of their kind. Meanwhile Miss Choudhary comes to know about Bobby’s problem through his friend. She accepts him as he is. This boosts Bobby’s confidence and he not only overcomes his problem but in due course becomes union leader as well.

The last day of the festival will stage Aadhi Sadi (Hindi). It is written by - Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, Jainendra Kumar, Yashpal, Bhisham Sahni and direction is by Devendra Raj Ankur. This production is an enactment of four short stories of some very eminent Hindi writers representing the first fifty years of modern Hindi literature, that’s why it is called Aadhi Saadi.

The stories are - Ussne Kaha Tha by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, Pazeb by Jainendra Kumar, Parda by Yashpal and Chief Ki Dawat by Bhishma Sahani. These four story, though set in different time zones and locales have one common thread which connects all four of them, and that is different manifestation of love. Theatre lovers - don’t miss this!
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