What would a writer do if one of his characters develops a mind of his own, when all other characters are perfectly happy going round and round within the boundaries that the writer has set for them? In "Evam Indrajit", Badal Sircar's abstract, semi-autobiographical play, a writer, who feels tortured by the need for creative expression in an undramatic world, tries to create a play with the audacious character, Indrajit, who "sees life realistically and dreams about it romantically." His muse, Manasi, remains elusive, and the characters that he summons are mundane and undramatic, no different from the people around him. Indrajit, created in the image of the writer himself, stands outside routine existence. Failing in his attempts at tying Indrajit to a plot, the writer faces a nightmarish writer's block that pushes him into a moment of literary crisis. As he grapples with the existential crisis of Indrajit, we are presented at once with a macroscopic view of our own life, in which everything seems to be stuck in a repetitive loop, without purpose, without essence. "Evam Indrajit" is a timeless play that analyzes the question of identity, of the essence of life, against an apparently meaningless, existentialist backdrop. The audacious assertion of one's identity, one's essence, is what differentiates life from mere existence, random collections of particles of matter going round and round.Read More
Jagriti Kids & Youth present an evening of dramatic drama! Radio Jagriti is a series of fun monologues interspersed with Frankie the Radio Jockey's chatter. Then follows David Campton's Us and Them, a play with plenty of social commentary presented through an exciting combination of movement, mime, sfx and dialogue. Us and Them by David Campton (1924-2006) Quote: "When Theatre stops being fun I shall give up writing and grow turnips" Synopsis: Two groups of wanderers, looking for a place in which to settle, arrive simultaneously at a fertile spot. Friendly at first with each other, things take a different turn as the play progresses.Read More
The musica varia ensemble is a string quintet in the cast: two violins, viola, cello and double bass. Her work ranges from classical music to classical modernism to new music; From the waltz era to superior coffee house music, swing, pop, musical, film music, Argentinian tango, to the pop music of our days. The main focus is on classical concerts, discussion groups, soloist programs (with harp / contrabass / vocal / wind instruments), program productions, entertainment concerts, an Argentine tango program with Bandoneon and UFA-Schlager Bern) and children's theater concert with the Landestheater Tübingen LTT (Heiner Kondschak). In addition, children's, family and generations' concerts are also taking part. www.musicavariaensemble.de/Read More
A new interpretation of the age old classic. Romeo and Juliet is given an almost modern yet timeless depiction with actors speaking in the original text. What is unique about this production is that the set consists of just 12 transparent cubes that are rearranged and modified in different ways to build scenes such as the balcony as well as the tomb where Juliet lies, right in front of the audience itself as the play progresses. Love is visually represented in many forms throughout the play, right from the costumes to the lights that emanate from the scene itself and music that accompanies the play to compliment the emotions shown on stage.Read More
After four houseful shows in July 2016, they are back again with renewed vigor, more content and a grander presentation of the play Ek Shaam Premchand Ke Naam. Munshi Premchand believed that literature is the trustworthy knowledge that lights our paths when we lose our way, and litterateurs are the torch-bearers of this truth. He was the first Hindi author to introduce social realism in his writings. He believed in social evolution, and his ideal, was equal opportunities for all. Ek Shaam Premchand Ke Naam is an anthology of his short stories and stage adaptations of the same, along with a glimpse into his life events. Kafan - A dark comedy and a heart-wrenching story. It deals with the survival instincts of the dirt poor. Sadgati - Premchand deals with the social exploitation of the untouchables, their abject poverty and their dehumanization by the upper class. A dark truth which keeps re-surfacing even in today's India... Panch Parmeshwar- A story of responsible behavior, when you are put in a position of power. Poos Ki Raat- A story of a poor farmer who struggles to ward off the bitter cold of winter nights, with only his dog for company... Literature according to Premchand, is a powerful means of educating public opinion. His greatness lies in the fact that his writings embody social purpose and social criticism rather than mere entertainment. Kalayan salutes Premchand and serves up for you, Ek Shaam Premchand Ke Naam.Read More
Credentials enough...Sahitya Academy Award winner Mahesh Dattani writes this, as he did and direct the film Morning Raaga with Shabana Azmi and a host of others plays directed by the likes Arundhati Raja, Arvind Gaur and Lillete Dubey. Two teenagers in love. WAIT!!...not the kind of love we associate with teenagers. Khudiram Bose and Thillayaadi Velliamai have never met. They were both connected by a common passion: a love for their motherland. "... FERVID SUNRISE" explores how we honour our fallen Heroes and how the Present and the Future will create, nurture and celebrate our Heroes still to come. Beyond jingoism, certainly, beyond blind faith or parochialism, the brave and the young take on an entire establishment, shaking the very foundations of an unjust government. One chooses the bomb; the other chooses self-pride. Our Heroes were there for us at the break of dawn, so that we can now live in dignity and peace. We need them now.Read More
When birth givers are framed as abusers of their infants, would moral reasoning supersede their allegation? The Protector, written by Sudipta Bhawmik, craftily tests the boundaries of parental rights and sheds light on the struggle of immigrant couples. An Indian couple, in their early 20's, settled in the United States, come to terms with the CPS (Child Protection Service), on the account of alleged ill-treatment of their infant. The couple hopelessly stranded in foreign lands, seek the help of their most trustworthy friends, to fight against the rudimentary system, and in the process, regain custody of their child. Does the heat of the plot subside further away from the task at hand, and pave way for demons uncalled for? Find out soon! MY Theatre Festival is our flagship theatre festival, aimed at giving under 25 aficionados of the craft, a bigger and better platform to showcase their talent. Starting by curating and Producing plays, Crea-Shakthi now undertakes special production centric training & consults aspiring under 25 groups leading up to full-blown performances under the banner of MYTF every Feb – March. Just by sheer scale, it is pitted to be the biggest youth theatre festival in India – with over 120 actors – 10 campus groups and 7 plays over one weekend at The Museum Theatre, Egmore! It is now into its 5th year!Read More
Adapted from the 1967 play by Israel Horovitz, this absurdist drama is still a perfect reflection of the world we live in. Standing behind a white line, five people fight for the first spot in the queue, and their attempts get more and more callous as the play proceeds. A cricket fanatic who feels hard work deserves it’s due, a Rahman fan who manipulates everyone with his rigmarole, a conniving female who uses her sexuality to lure the men out of line, her confused, germophobic husband, and a selfish elderly gentleman who looks out only for himself - each character, though different in their ways of thinking, have one goal which is to come first. So, who will win? Who will have the last laugh? Who will be at the front of the line? MY Theatre Festival is our flagship theatre festival aimed at giving under 25 aficionados of the craft a bigger and better platform to showcase their talent. Starting by curating and Producing plays, Crea-Shakthi now undertakes special production centric training & consults aspiring under 25 groups leading up to full-blown performances under the banner of MYTF every Feb – March. Just by sheer scale, it is pitted to be the biggest youth theatre festival in India – with over 120 actors – 10 campus groups and 7 plays over one weekend at The Museum Theatre, Egmore! It is now into its 6th year! And is also the only Youth Theatre festival to now be present in two cities – Chennai & Bangalore.Read More
The Campus Theatre Ensemble allows a Campus Theatre Group to perform a short play of choice which is overseen and mentored by a representative of Crea-Shakthi. This evening has 5 colleges coming together to perform various plays ranging from Family Dramas to outright Comedies as they take their first step to professional performances. The Colleges involved in CTE are: Sastra Technology, MSRIT, Christ University, PESIT, RVCE, WCC, Anna university, SSN & SVCE & VIT Vellore. MY Theatre Festival is our flagship theatre festival aimed at giving under 25 aficionados of the craft a bigger and better platform to showcase their talent. Starting by curating and Producing plays, Crea-Shakthi now undertakes special production centric training & consults aspiring under 25 groups leading up to full-blown performances under the banner of MYTF every Feb – March. Just by sheer scale, it is pitted to be the biggest youth theatre festival in India – with over 120 actors – 10 campus groups and 7 plays over one weekend at The Museum Theatre, Egmore! It is now into its 6th year! And is also the only Youth Theatre festival to now be present in two cities – Chennai & Bangalore.Read More
Hefi Jazz Quartet modern jazz that swirls from a continuously changing alchemy between team members with Leszek HeFi Wi?niowski in the lead. Their fantasy create an explosive mixture, referring directly to the best patterns of jazz!Read More
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.