Lights, Camera, Action! The next big Hindi blockbuster Isaq Banaraswala is being shot on the Benaras Ghats. Two locals, Mosambi and Narangi, are thrilled at being cast in this epic film. The glitz and glamour of Bollywood have always been a part of their dreams. Now they have the chance to be in an actual potboiler, to sing & dance with the beautiful and famous heroine Sabrina, to fight the goondas, to become reel-life heroes! But they are only two extras trapped and stuck on the set...in continuity!

As our two innocent protagonists struggle to understand the functioning of the Hindi film business, the make believe glamour of Bollywood quickly fades away and the reality of being extras kicks in. The uniqueness of this play is that there are only two actors on stage who play all the characters (men and women), switching gender, age and voice with swift dexterity and the absolute bare minimum of costume changes. Mosambi Narangi, adapted from the award winning Stones In His Pockets, is a comic yet poignant take on the effects of the great Bollywood Dream on a small town.

Written By:  Marie Jones   In Hindi:  Ashok Mishra    A Rage Production

Music and Sound Design:  Anadi Nagar & Kartavya Anthwaal Sharma

Play Genre / Language:   Tragicomedy /Hindi   Age Limit:   16 years and above

Date :   12th Dec, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Duration:  2 hours 15 mins - incl. interval

Cast:  Rajit Kapur, Ajeet Singh Palawat

RAJIT KAPUR

AJEET SINGH PALAWAT

An all female cast enacts selection from IsmatChughtai's autobiography, and 3 other writings (EK SHAUHAR KI KHATIR, AADHI AURAT AADHA KHWAAB, SONEY KA ANDA) which are essays rather than stories, reflecting IsmatApa's abiding concern for the state of womanhood, her impatience with empty rituals and her anger at the condescension women are subjected to.

Play Genre / Language:   Social Comedy / Hindi

Date :   13th Dec, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Duration:  2 hours 10 mins incl. interval

Cast:  Seema Bhargav Pahwa, Bhawna Pani, Jaya Virlley, Prerna Chawla, Shruti Vyas, Trishla Patel, Dhruv Kalra, Sahil Vaid & Vijay Tilani

The play is a farce based on a tiny event that blows out of proportion in a housing society. A crow drops a bone into the balcony of a resident at Cosmopolitan CHS. No-one wants the bone in their house, no-one wants to throw it in their own dustbin because it's not theirs, instead everyone wants to blame another for the "appearance" of this bone and hence want the bone "returned" to the possible owner, i.e. another resident in the society.

Kalpana, our "sutradhar" and the househelp in the building, goes from house to house disposing the bone from one balcony to another as she narrates the realities of her life, which are far harsher than the petty games of blaming and shaming played by the residents of the housing society.

The play highlights the farcical and often superficial nature of religious beliefs of various communities. Kalpana is the voice of reason, who is matter-of-fact about her situation which needs to be addressed more than the religious origins of a bone.

Music & Sound Design:   Adriel George  Lights Designed:  Deepa Dharmadhikari

Lights Operated by:   Hidayat Sami Executive Producer: Delna Patel

Genre:   Comedy/Farce  Age Limit:   13 years & above

Language:  English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati

Date :   14th Dec,   2019   Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM   Duration - 90 mins - no interval

Cast:  Karan Desai, Prajesh Kashyap, Abhishek Deswal, Meher Acharia-Dar, Zinnia Ranji, Fatema Sheikh, Niketan Sharma, Nidhi Bisht, Muskkaan Jaferi, Junaid Khan, Sunny Abraham, Parna Pethe, Gillian D’Souza, Chakori Dwivedi, Nitya Mathur & Shubham Chaudhary

The Play Agra Bazaar is woven around Nazir Akbarabadi’s humanistic poetry and humanism is the theme of the play. Nazir, a truly proletarian poet, often wrote on demand for vendors and traders, beggars and vagabonds, never caring to collect or publish what he wrote.

In Agra, depression prevails over the bazaar and nothing sells. A cucumber - seller feels that if he could get a poem written about the qualities of his product, it would sell better. He approaches several poets but they turn down his request. Finally he goes to the poet Nazir who promptly obliges him. He returns singing Nazir’s song about cucumbers and customers flock for his product. Other vendors – Ladduwala, The Tarboozwala, etc. – follow suit and soon the whole bazaar is humming with Nazir’s songs.

Around this main plot is woven the story of a young vagabond who pursues a courtesan and comes to a sticky end at the hands of his rival a police inspector, whom he has earlier shamed in this game of love.

Revived Direction:   Ram Chandra Singh

Presented By:   Naya Theatre, Bhopal

Language:  English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujrati

Date :   15th Dec,  2019 Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Duration :   135 mins/  Language: Urdu, Hindustani

Cast:  Anup Ranjan Pandey (Padam Shri Awardee) – Beniprasad (Singing and Acting), Ram Dayal Sharma (SNA Awardee) – Fakeer (Music and Singing),

An excerpt from the Indian epic -Ramayana, Adishakti's Bali is a retelling of the various events that lead up to the battle between Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha and Ram- the King of Ayodhya and eventually, the death of Bali. Here, the writer has tried to explore the notion of right or wrong through its various characters, while steering clear of any subjective influences. Through this play, we explore how one evaluates this notion and, how it can change when each and every character is given an opportunity to voice thoughts and opinions. The play weaves multiple stories through the point of views of Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Ram and Ravan and talks about how each of them make decisions and take actions based on the ethics that define their lives.

The play gives its audience a space for introspection - to take a step back and detach ourselves from our dominant ideologies and rigid identities to understand different perspectives. Will relativism answer our questions? Where do we draw the lines? We leave it to you to decide.

The play highlights the farcical and often superficial nature of religious beliefs of various communities. Kalpana is the voice of reason, who is matter-of-fact about her situation which needs to be addressed more than the religious origins of a bone.

Play Genre:   Physical Theatre  Light Design: Vinay Kumar & Played By:Anand Satheendran

Language:  English   Music & Sound Design:   Vinay Kumar &

Played By:Meedhu Miriyam

Date :   16th Dec, 2019 Time: 3:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Duration :   70 mins without interval/ Age Limit: 8 Yrs and above

Cast:  Vinay Kumar, Arvind Rane, Ashiqa Salvan, Rijul Ray, Kiyomi Mehta

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