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Bharangam2016: Parvateesham ban gaya Barrister

Fuelled with a lot of mixed emotions, Barrister Parvateesham is a beautifully crafted play. THN got to witness it at the ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav by the National School of Drama. Directed by Shiva Prasad Tamu, an NSD alumnus, the play is an adaptation of a famous Telugu novel of the same name. Set up in the pre-Independence era, it is the story of a young man inspired by Bipin Chandra Pal’s speech during the freedom movement. Parvateesham decides to become

Mumtaz Siddiqui, Pankaj Kapur and a Dopehri

As soon as I entered the Kamani auditorium, I was intrigued by the set up on the stage. It was all set and a curious audience was waiting for the showman of the day, Pankaj Kapur. Kapur has made a comeback on the stage almost after 18 years with Dopehri to take the audience into a different world with him. The auditorium lights went dim and there entered Kapur from the right side of the stage. He lights a lamp and

Ramayana, the puppet dance drama at BHARANGAM2016

Opened to a full house at the Sri Ram Centre, Ramayana shows the diversity and integrity of India in a true way. It was conceived by a man from Uttar Pradesh while in Mumbai with a theme that is entirely from Rajasthan. The play is a novel combination of ballet and puppetry. The artists with stylised movements, costumes and masks create an illusion of wooden puppets. Though the masks have faces, crowns and headgears painted on them but the skillful

Antigone at NSD’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2016

What a swift transition from page to stage it was! Even before the theatre commenced the actors were amidst the audience busy playing their roles with much elan. Sophocles of Kolones, one of the most famous and celebrated writer of tragedy plays in ancient Greece is credited with the authorship of the play 'Antigone'. 'Antigone', a production from Swapna Sandhani was all about a perfect synergy between the actors acting and direction. Upon her arrival at Thebes in Egypt, Antigone learns