The Friday List: From a discussion on the legacy of Astad Deboo to a Sherlock Holmes parody, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.
'Arbitrary' Facebook crackdown on Mumbai, Delhi theatre groups leaves leading practitioners banned on social media platform
Over the weekend, several members of the extended theatre community in Mumbai (and beyond) found themselves at the receiving end of an unexpected online reckoning.
Short-lived ban on 'political' plays at recent competition underscores Marathi theatre's past brushes with censorship
Firodiya Karandak, one of the most prestigious inter-college performing arts competitions held in Pune, announced that it would not be accepting plays that deal with ‘sensitive’ issues. This would have been the first time that a competition in Maharashtra, a state that hosts several such competitions, would have such a rule.
Citizenship Amendment Act protests: Mumbai theatre artists issue joint statement against police action in universities
Theatre exponents like Sunil Shanbag, Sanjna Kapoor, Quasar Thakore Padamsee, Purva Naresh and Joy Sengupta are among the signatories who extended their support to the students at the Jamia Millia Islamia University and Aligarh Muslim University.
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.
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.
Censorship in Indian theatre: Colonial era law, 'offended' mobs clamp down on thespians' freedom of expression
Previously, censor boards and a colonial law posed a threat to Indian theatre. Today, playwrights are equally concerned about censorious mobs, who follow no rules or logic
Remembering Chetan Datar: Decade after his death, Ek Madhav Baug playwright remains a giant of Marathi theatre
As a theatre stalwart, he wore many hats – dramatist, playwright, actor, director and mentor. But not much is known about Chetan Datar, the man.