Ruby Patel and her husband Burjor Patel were among the most sought-after stage artists in the Parsi-Gujarati theatre circuit during the 1960s and worked on popular Gujarati plays such as Gher Ghungro Ne Ghotalo, Tirangi Tehmul, Hello Inspector and Oogi Dahpun Ni Dadh.
A decade in theatre: Barring a few troupes, India's dramaturgy didn't quite mirror the tumult in nation's polity
Arguably, one feature of theatre eco-systems across India, with some exceptions like those fostered by the Budhan Theatre or the Yalgaar Sanskrutik Manch or the still buoyant Jana Natya Manch, is how cosily they seem to be ensconced in their liberal echo chambers, whirring along insulated from the political heave-ho outside their turf.
Pankaj Kapur’s Dopehri never ends: Actor discusses publishing his first book, taking Amma Bi's story to the stage
Two decades ago, actor Pankaj Kapur crafted an entire novella in all of four days. The central character was born the moment he put pen to page: her name would be Amma Bi, and she would live in an old Lucknow haveli. It begins its second life now as a novella published by HarperCollins and translated into English.
In India, playwrights' labs present a novel way to train theatre enthusiasts in different aspects of the craft
Playwrights' labs conducted by theatre companies like Indian Ensemble and Rage Productions in India present a novel way to train in the various aspects of theatre.
Rehearsals for Ira Khan's play will soon be under way, the tweet said and it will be showcased in select cities across the country in December 2019
A Few Good Men, directed by Nadir Khan and starring Rajit Kapur, Ira Dubey and Neil Bhoopalam, will be staged at the fifth edition of Aadyam. Khan says that Aaron Sorkin's screenplay is relevant in the Indian context because of the themes it embodies — honour, formality, and blindly following orders
Remembering Girish Karnad: From senior to peer, lessons the thespian taught me in theatre — and life
Girish Karnad's word, his voice always meant something. Even if it rakes up a controversy — like the Tagore one — he couldn’t for a minute, despite being unwell, not call a spade a bloody shovel.
Girish Karnad's Hayevadana was the first play written by the legendary playwright-actor that theatre director Sunil Shanbag watched. At the end of the performance, Shanbag knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. On the occasion of Karnad's passing away, Shanbag remembers the man and his legacy.
Mrs and Marx: A new play delves into the domestic life of the ‘The Father of Communism’ and his relationship with his wife
In their play Mrs and Marx, artistes Satchit Puranik and Michaela Talwar wanted to demystify and humanise Karl Marx. As part of their prep, they read the letters the couple wrote to each other, which speak of their deep love for one another, and discussions on ways to make ends meet
World Book Day 2019: Shakespeare's influence on Indian theatre is as diverse as the country's culture
Shakespeare first entered India as theatrical entertainment for British officers during colonialism. The work of Parsi thespians and literary figures like Harivanshrai Bachchan have paved the way for adaptations in regional languages and traditional performance arts, like Kathakali
Ashavari Majumdar's Surpanakha draws on different versions of the Hindu epic and is divided into three parts, which explore the character's relationships with Ravana, Rama and Sita
Today, Bhaand Paather has lost its importance and is vanishing from daily discourse
Quite apart from his dominance in the fields of advertising and theatre, Alyque Padamsee was also a prominent figure in Mumbai's social circuit and had many friends, admirers and collaborators over the years.
#SingIndiaSing: Rahul DaCunha and Bugs Bhargava on staging India’s first all-original English musical
In #SingIndiaSing, compelling performances on stage, enchanting songs and intelligent use of technology will drive the story of three contestants and a masked girl in a singing reality competition
Through the play's depiction of Karna's life and state of mind, the viewer understands why the abiding rasa of the Mahabharata is 'Shanta' or quiescence
Her Letters, a play based on a short story by Tagore, explores themes of domesticity, love between women
Her Letters is set in a modern context but draws from Hindu rituals practised in Bengal and includes Rabindrasangeet too
Mark Twain in Bombay: Playwright Gabriel Emanuel on bringing to life the writer's visit to the island city
In the play Mark Twain: Live in Bombay!, viewers get a glimpse of what the writer said and experienced when he visited the city in 1896 | #FirstCulture
Moti Lal Kemmu breathed new life into Bhand Pather, a popular form of musical folk theatre laced with wit and dry humour | #FirstCulture
Patekar, at 65 proves that great actors don’t fade away. They simply burn brighter with the growing awareness of mortality. This performance of a man raging against human injustices and God’s quirky decree will rank among the most towering performances of Indian cinema.