Delhi is yet again gearing up to host and witness one of a grand theatre extravaganza. Called the Modern Theatre Festival, it will showcase interesting plays like Rangbhoomi, Jivito Mrito, Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din and Shayar Shutter Down.
The five days theatre festival which is oganised under the aegis of Sahitya Kala Parishad, is an initiative of Delhi Government to promote theatre in the capital. From a struggling story of a common man, to a painful saga of a widow, to a biography of a legendary poet, the festival will bring together a variety of plays of different genres on the Capital stage.
'There are many famous and distinguished directors who have come up to promote theatre in our country. We will present the different genres of plays and plays of different diversities in a compact, seamless format that will appeal to contemporary audiences, while maintaining the essence of the ancient tradition,' commented J P Singh, Assistance Secretary, Sahitya Kala Parishad.
Rangbhoomi, the play to be performed on the first day has been directed by Surendra Sharma and is based on a novel written by Munshi Premchand. It is life playing itself in its arena and in many shapes, forms and emotions.
'My play speaks about the tricky ground of tensions between the rulers and the ruled. Capturing the travails and traumas of peasant society, it celebrates the unassailable spirit of the common man,' said Sharma.
Jivito Mrito has been adapted from a story of Rabindranath Tagore and is directed by Anuradha Kapur. The play underlines the poignant moments in the life of a widow and her struggle for acceptance.
Then, Math ke Raaste Mein Ek Din has been adapted by a story written by Satish Aalekar and has been translated by Seema Mittal. The stage show will be directed by Suresh Bharadwaj and will be presented by Aakar Kala Sangam.
Bol Ke Lab Azad Hain Tere brings the story of author Faiz Ahmed Faiz, which features the biography and struggle of his journey. It is a musical drama of 90 minutes written by Parvez Ahmad and directed by Lokendra Trivedi. The fifth and the final day will showcase a play, Shayar…Shutter Down.
Written and directed by Tripuarari Sharma.
At: Shriram Center, Mandi House
When: 10 - 14 December
Timing: 6.30pm onwards