We are thrilled about this collaboration with Studio Tamaasha’s New Writing programme, where three of the plays that were developed at Indian Ensemble’s First Draft, An Ideas Lab (2019).
Coming up is Saudamini Kalra’s play ‘Seb ke Beej’.
About the play : The summer of 1995 was one of the hottest ever witnessed in New Delhi and not just because of the gruesome Tandoor murder case that became dinner time discussion in most households in the capital. India’s newly liberal economy, cable TV channels and new showrooms defined the decade in which the men of Delhi still hadn’t become epithets for toxic masculinity, unsafe streets and rape culture.
It is in the by-lanes, offices and households of such a city that the lives of a delusional father & son, a small-time journalist on a wait-list to buy a Bajaj scooter, and a trauma-tized survivor of a gang beating who wants to teach men how not to become brand-worshipping dandies, begin to entangle in disastrous ways, as they struggle to find their place within an India that doesn’t seem to account for their de-sired masculinities.
Inspired by the writings of Chuck Palahniuk, Uday Prakash and the author’s personal stories.
This play was developed at Indian Ensemble’s First Draft: An Ideas Lab, 2019
Niketan Sharma, Dhiraj Wadhwani, Chakori Dwivedi, Shubham Chaudhary, Abhijit Singh, Trinetra Tiwari, Aaryan Tandon
We began with Abhimanyu Acharya’s Vesha, a contemporary play which is the story of a conflict between two heads of a Bhavai troupe, a father and a son. On the same night, they both decide to stage two different Bhavai Veshas (plays).The play oscillates between both the Veshas and probes into a fundamental question: How can one claim an identity without the stigma attached to it?
Poster Designed by : Sudharshan Krishna
More details in the event page here : https://www.facebook.com/events/588566065265102/
First Draft – Ideas Lab was designed to provide space and support to theatre makers to develop their ideas – from word, image, concept, story to a creative expression – be it in the form of text or performance.
As the end of course presentation, we felt it was apt to open doors to you, the audience, to the work of the four writers – Abhimanyu Acharya, Saudamini Kalra, Shatarupa Bhattacharyya and Usha Kattemane
Through a series of engagements – some visual, some textual, some aural – designed by the writers themselves, we hope to pique your curiosity about the themes that each of the plays addresses and of course, the excerpts of the plays themselves. We hope you will be there to watch, listen and engage the writers in conversation and of course, explore possibilities of collaboration to see these plays on stage.
FREE AND OPEN TO ALL!
Date: Oct 6th
Venue: Bangalore International Centre, Domlur 2nd Stage
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Timing: 10 am – 2 pm.
Exploring Exciting Texts In Collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre
30th August’ 2019, Bangalore International Centre, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Theme: Accessing Community Archives Through Song
A session by Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota & Adithya Kothakota
Urban Folk Project archives folk art forms in Karnataka through its contemporary production based on Yellammanaata, a ritualistic overnight play hosted mostly during the Dussera season by lower caste Hindus around parts of Hyderabad, Karnataka and the Southern Maharashtra region. Shilpa and Adithya, the creators of this project will give us a glimpse of their show as they take us through their process of archiving these forms. They’ll also talk of how the politics of a community are preserved and how they intersect with our urban sensibilities
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