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  • Shankar Shesh’s ‘Raktbeej’ staged at Bhartendu Natya Utsav

    Published on March 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Hindi playwright Dr Shankar Shesh’s contemporary play ‘Raktbeej’, a commentary on reckless pursuit of success and its futility was staged at the fifth day of the Bhartendu Natya Utsav today.

    DSC06327Directed by Shri Rajesh Babbar, the story revolving around contemporary characters and their urge to rise in life by any means possible found resonance among the audience. Presented by Delhi Government and Sahitya Kala Parishad, the seven-day Bhartendu Natya Utsav has brought together an ensemble of seven remarkable stories and plays for the theater lovers of Delhi.

    Over the next two days, people will get to witness two different plays that are scheduled to be staged at the festival. Shri Shankar Puntambekar’s satirical depiction of politics in ‘Democracy in Heaven’ will be staged on March 26. The story has been dramatized for stage by Shri Suman Kumar and is being directed by Shri Mushtaq Kak.

    German playwright and theatre therapist Reinhold Tritt’s play ‘The Wave’, is another interesting commentary on the failings of man and exhibits the adage of ‘history repeats itself’ effectively through the story of a revolutionary teacher. The play that will be staged on the last day of the festival (March 27) has been translated in Hindi by Shri Rakesh Kaushik and is being directed by Shri Tariq Hamid.

    “The festival has received a good response from people. This shows that there is a discerning audience for good theatre work. Each play being performed here is markedly different from the other in story and conceptualization and gives a vivid mix of presentations to the festival. If there is an all time great like Munshi Premchand on the list, there is also a noted contemporary artist like Atul Satya Kaushik. Through this festival, we have been trying to make theater an integral part of the capital’s cultural life, and provide valuable encouragement to theater artists who work very hard to make sure this art of story-telling keeps evolving,” says Mr. J P Singh, Assistant Secretary, Drama, Sahitya Kala Parishad.

    The plays are being staged at the Sriram Centre Auditorium and are sure to offer a treat to the theater lovers of the capital. Make sure you do not miss the show.