Theatre lovers of the city have reasons to rejoice. Shatiya Kala Parishad, Department Of Art, Culture and Language, Government Of Delhi, have organised the Yuva Natya Samaroh 2013 under the ideology of ‘amateurs of today-masters tomorrow’.
The 10 day long festival that started on February 11 will be staging plays of writers like Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh, Surendra Sharma, Neil Simon, Avinash Chander Mishra, Bhishan Sahani, Mahakavi Bhaas. While plays like Ashadh ka Ek Din, Kabira Khada Bazaar mein and Qaid E-Hayat is about the life of Kalidas, the Indian saint poet Kabir and Galib, the plays like Khamosh — Adalat jaari hain talks about social and family problems.
Aadhe Adhoore, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, is a family drama which talks about values and principles governing a particular family whereas Khamosh —Adalat Jaari hain, directed by Rohit Tripathi, focuses on the patriarchal society and how the male-dominated politics tears down a woman’s life, exposing her private life to moralistic critique. The other plays that are to performed are Bada Natakia Kaun, directed by Prakash Chander Jha, Khusar Fusar (the Hindi translation of Neil Simon’s Silence) and Pratigya Yogandhrayad, directed by Bhumikeshwar Singh.
Chander Shekhar Sharma, director of Aadhe Adhoore, feels that even though the play was written so many years back, it has a contemporary feel and is as relevant today as it was back then. The male-female relationship which had been delved into intensly is true even today.
Talking about the play Khamosh —Adalat jaari hain, director Rohit Tripathi calls it ‘a drama within a drama which has been portrayed in a very realistic form.’ And referring to theatre performance, he said: ‘More and more audiences are getting attracted towards theatre. So even though movies have a bigger reach, live performance will never lose its sheen’.
The variety in the content of play is sure to keep the audience interested. One will get to see the use of music and lights in a totally different perspective. The festival also is a form of encouragement and motivating factor for young and aspiring artistes.
‘Through the medium of play, youngsters will get to know more about their past and about the lives of famous entities. The festival also provides a huge platform for the actors as well as the director to explore their talent,’ said Bhupen Joshi, director of Asadh Ka Ek Din.
At: Shri Ram Centre, 4 Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House
On Till: 21 February
Timings: 6.30 pm onwards