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The candid nine moods

The candid nine moods
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Shobha Deepak Singh, Director, Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra is all set to exhibit a range photographs on theatre showing some candid moments from the world of theatre in a show called Theatrescapes starting from 26 March at the India Habitat Centre.

The exhibition will display sixty photographs out of Singh's reserve of three lakh images. Curated by Alka Pande, the show is conceptualised on the theme of the Navarasas (the nine moods) featuring action stalwarts like Zohra Sehgal, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Manohar Singh, Seema Biswas. Mohan Agashe, Ratna Pathak Shah. All the pieces are very much in keeping with documenting passions, emotions and spectacle.

'From the age of six, I remember myself with a camera and spending hours with silver paper-making imprints of various objects. It was during the times spent at Living Theatre that I experienced the vast scope of photographing theatre performances. Being completely self-taught, I have often strapped myself with my camera and lenses to often rush out for an unexpected shoot. As a child, my camera saw the light of my personal space siblings and nature. Later it turned into aspire to play with lights, performance, and theatre at the Living Theatre', says Singh.

A book by the same name published by Roli Books and edited by Pande, featuring nearly 200 photographs will also be released on the occasion. The book has a foreword by Ebrahim Alkazi, and essays by Alka Pande, Amal Allana and Shobha Deepak Singh.

Both the show and the book relive the experience of theatre through the Navarasa: vibhasta(disgust), saundarya(beauty, eroticism), hasya(comic), karuna(pathos), raudra(fury), bhayanaka(terrible), vira(heroic), adbhuta(marvelous) and shanta(peace).

WHEN: 26-31 March
WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, IHC
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