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Narrating tales from an era bygone

Narrating tales from an era bygone
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Desires Unlimited, a Delhi based theatre group, is soon presenting the city's first classical theatre festival titled Epoch – A Classic Theatre Festival. Commencing on 8 March, the festival will showcase the group’s flagship plays which include 3, Sakina Manzil and Rope, that are based on a bygone era.

Epoch is set in a month, which is known for its significance be it historic or social. The festival captures two prominent yet classical themes of the month of March: 'spring' and Idus Martii (Ides of March). The Gandhian love story based in a pre-independent India, 3, Sakina Manzil promises to be refreshing like the spring. While, the play Rope which is a classic murder story, resonates with the touted Ides of March known popularly for assassination of Julius Caesar by Brutus.

The play 3, Sakina Manzil which will be staged on 8 and 9 March is set in pre-independence era when the country was fighting for its independence, when the world was being ravaged by World War II, and the Hindi film Industry was learning to stand on its feet. Amidst all this, in an old apartment building of Bombay, 3, Sakina Manzil, a love story of two silent lovers Shashi and Comrade Shashi unfolds. Torn apart by destiny, they tread different paths only to meet again after five decades. The play explores how people despite the crisis of their times, managed to fall in love and sustain it over the years, no matter the distance or time that separated them.  The other play Rope being staged on 15 and 16 March, questions how we view murder.

Daniel and Sunny, graduates from St. Georges College Mussorie, fancy the notion of murder being an art. Influenced by Nietzsche and their own Prof. Kohli's theories about superior beings, they consider themselves superior to their innocent classmate and strangle him. The two then call for a party and serve food from the chest that contains Dilip's corpse. To add to the thrill, the guests include Dilip's relatives, friends and Prof. Kohli. The plot thickens when Sunny starts to crack-up under pressure and Prof. Kohli begins to suspect.

Desires Unlimited, established in 2006, is a production house for digital audio visual content. It was co-founded by a group of engineers cum artists from IIT Delhi. Though IITians are known for their Silicon Valley startups, these youngsters opted for a different playground all together. The group has created corporate films for brands such as Britania, Samsung, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

WHEN: 8-16 March
WHERE: LTG Auditorium
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