The organiser of the festival, National School of Drama, also started the Living Legend series with eminent theatre and film personality Om Puri. In a packed Sammukh Auditorium, Om Puri interacted with NSD students and audience.
Dara, the 1 hour 30 minute play in Hindi, was staged at Bahumukh. It relived the conflict of Mughal India in the mid-seventeenth century. The play begun with Dara’s desire to succeed his father as Emperor of India, and the competing inclination within him to achieve mystical realisation through a study of the major religions.
Meeyamgi Yeknaba, which was a one hour Manipuri adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People addressed the irrational tendencies of the masses, the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. Staged at LTG Auditorium, the play revolved around the story of one brave man, whose voice loud and clear as cicada, struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth is the face of extreme social intolerance.
Khata is a Hindi play is based on a short story by Rabindranath Tagore. The 1 hour 20 minute play
was staged at Shri Ram Centre. Set up in the nineteenth century, it is an exploration into the deep rooted social dictates which strangle the individualism of a nine year old young bride - Uma. Khata is a resounding roar of the dormant extreme-feminist psyche which strips bare the notions, rituals and customs of our dogmatic Indian society.
Nakal, the one and half hour Punjabi play was staged at NSD itself. It presents any historical or social event or evil in the form of a ballad on the stage, full or humour and satire, which along with entertaining the audience, gives a message too.
Nakal literally means copying this is a type of ballad or play, which includes singing, music, dance, dialogue and acting. In the absence of any written or recorded script, this art form is getting omitted day by day. It is the tribe of Ghanaur, has been performing it since generations in the families of Sadhu Khan and Fakir Muhammad Khan, who are the fourth generation of this tribe.
Three Short Pieces was an ensemble of three short performances by the students of Central Academy of Drama, China. It was an 30 minute performance been staged at Kamani auditorium.
Tringsha Shatabdee is a Bengali play from Bangladesh staged at Abhimanch. It is an anti-war laboratory-theatre production based on the atom-bomb tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War. Other wars of the world including Bosnia, Afghanistan-Iraq, recent brutal attack in Gaza and the liberation war of Bangladesh are also the issues of this production.