Triple the fun
This weekend get ready to enjoy Shoelace productions’ latest venture Animal Song comprising three short musical stories - Kutte, Majh and
Donkey. Experimenting with music in this play, Deepak Dhamija who has written and directed all three, brings in an animal metaphor in each of the stories.
Essentially the 80 minute play - Animal Song is being enacted in Hindi and Punjabi and in sequence has three sub-plays or short stories being performed which explore the relations humans share with animals. In each of these stories the background will be an interesting point to note.
Talking about the play, Dhamija says, ‘In 2011, I experimented with a short play Kutte in Short and Sweet Delhi, (10-minute theatre festival). I was toying with idea of telling a story with multiple narratives using music and text. It worked well and the play was nominated for 6 awards in the festival and finally bagged the best script award.’
‘The story of Kutte revolves around a strange connection between an old woman and street dogs. With the same format, we staged a play Majh last year, where in the backdrop of ‘84 riots and Khalistan movement love for country clashed with the love for buffalo. Now, we are adding another story Donkey, where we have multiple narratives going on simultaneously. One narrative is around a small village freedom fighter who took a vow to get married only after freedom while another narrative is about two kids discussing their religions,’ adds the
On being asked what inspired him to pen these plays he says, ‘There wasn't any inspiration as such. I have found myself sitting in park or road sides interacting with street dogs or cows. I have discussed politics, sports, wars and all kind of stuff with them. I have found quite a nice listeners in them. So this play was kind of tribute to these friends.’
The play has original songs composed by quite a talented bunch of Delhi musicians. The stories are being presented in the play by an ensemble cast of Harpreet, Vanya Joshi, Zakir Khan, Maheep Singh, Nitin Sukhija, Vipin Heero, Om, Jagdish, Nihal Parashar and Kuljeet
Singh. Maheep is a known comedian but his performance in a dramatic role needs to be seen. Harpreet's vocal cords will add to the musical element which this play focuses on.
Animal Song starting off with Kutte which had received the best script of Short and Sweet 2011 is about man’s relationship with dog.
Second in line is Majh and lastly the latest addition by Dhamija is Donkey.Head over!
WHERE: Kamani Auditorium
WHEN: 24 May, 7 PM