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‘Delhi Natyotsav’: a peep into history for theater lovers


Theater aficionados will experience a host of historical and contemporary plays at the ‘Delhi Natyotsav’ that begins on January 20

theatre-clip-art-2New Delhi: Theater aficionados will experience a host of historical and contemporary plays at the ‘Delhi Natyotsav’ a festival that begins here on January 20.

The five-day theater festival offers a bunch of plays including those from ancient Greek, the Mughal arena in India and much more directed by eminent theater persons.

“We have brought together some plays, which have been appreciated and loved by a wide audience over the years. Some of the most respected names in the Indian theater are participating in the festival which will present a rich mix of historical and contemporary stories,”J P Singh, Assistant Secretary (Drama), Sahitya Kala Parishad informed.

The festival is a joint presentation by Delhi Government and the Sahitya Kala Parishad and would be presided by Waman Kendre, director National School of Drama as the chief guest.

“We are sure Delhi’s discerning audience will love every presentation,” he added.

The festival kickstarts with the play ‘Chekhov ki Duniya’; directed by Ranjit Kapoor, the play is a set of six different stories from the rich ensemble of eminent Russian writer Anton Chekhov and weaves together different experiences of human emotion, sublime relationships, struggle in poverty and the excesses of a world riddled with inequality.

Another historical figure who will be featured in the theater extravaganza is Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. The eponymous titled play written in Tamil by Indira Parthasarathy in 1974 has over the years been translated and performed in English, Hindi and Urdu. Veteran Tamil actor K S Rajendran has donned the director’s hat for this play.

“It is a psychological study of the character ‘Aurangzeb’. The play has contemporary relevance and we are expecting good response this time also”, says Rajendran.

Also to be staged during the festival is ‘Sukrat Nange Paon’, the Hindi version of American playwright James Maxwell Anderson’s famed play ‘Barefoot in Athens’ which is based on the final days of Socrates. To be directed by Padamshree Raj Besaria, the play revolves around the trial of the classical Greek philosopher.

“The audience will get a great chance to benefit on the idea of democracy as Socrates promoted democracy. The idea of democracy has come from Athens and the drama has its roots to Athens” says Besaria.

The second day of the festival is scheduled to witness Italian actor-playwright Dario Fo’s ‘Abducting Diana’. Directed by Avijit Dutt, it focuses on the story of a kidnapped millionaire media boss. Directors say the story turns out to be more complex and eventful than the kidnappers imagine and is set to offer a mix of thrill and suspense with shades of comedy.

Robert Ridley’s play ‘Love in a Time of Oppression’ is a long drawn story of a woman and her courage and resilience in the backdrop of a series of major historical events beginning from the Holocaust to the fall of Communism.

The play is being directed by eminent theater personality Feisal Alkazi who has directed 200 plays over a career spanning 35 years.


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