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Play(ed) well!

Play(ed) well!
Tartuffe is one of the most popular plays penned by Moliere, the French monarch of comedy. This play is about how religion is used to manipulate individuals to gain power over them. The play is once again going to be staged in the Capital at Sree Ram Centre.

This time its director is K Madavane. The story is based upon Lal Ram Swaroop who is the head of a family and one fine day he brings home Tartuffe who impresses Swaroop with his talks. The rest of the family members are not impressed with Tartuffe. Yet, Tartuffe manages to manipulate situations and gain over everyone using his hypocrisies.

Molière is considered to be one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known works are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Love Is the Doctor, The Learned Ladies and The Mad etc.Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish language to his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia Dell’arte’s elements with the more refined French comedy.

Madavane has also extensively worked on popular forms of Hinduism and the walk on fire in Pondicherry. Trained in Paris, Madavane returned to New Delhi to form Chingari, (1983) a theatre group with a difference. He has directed more than 100 plays in English, Hindi, French and German.

His main directorial ventures are: Karnad’s Tughlaq (1984), Cocteau’s The Infernal Machine (1988), Molière’s Tartuffe (1987), Ionesco’s Macbett (1981), Madavane’s The Mahabharata of Women (2000), and The Veritree or the Falcity of Gods (2013), etc.

When: February 28 and March 1
Where: Shree Ram Center, Mandi House
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