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Abhishek Majumdar during the filming of ‘The Water Station’ in Abu Dhabi

By Reema Gowalla

Abhishek Majumdar is often in the news. His plays are received at the Royal Court in London and at Ranga Shankara in Bengaluru with equal warmth and awe. Some are also questioned, attacked and banned. ‘Kaumudi’, ‘Muktidham’ ‘Pah-La’, ‘The Djinns of Eidgah’, ‘Salt’ and ‘Desdemona Roopakam’ are…

Ila Arun and KK Raina

By Reema Gowalla

“Hamare paas rehearsal ke liye samay bahut kaam tha, par jinhe theatre ki aadat ho woh manage kar hi lete hain,” says veteran actor and folk singer Ila Arun, who is set to take the stage at Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre this week with three new plays. The…

Jyoti Dogra and the poster of ‘Nihayati Niji Baatein with Geeta Tyagi’

By Reema Gowalla

A closed umbrella leaning against the wall, a bookshelf and a chair are some of the things you see in the backdrop as Geeta Tyagi — who otherwise teaches English, Math and Science to schoolchildren — sits in front of her phone camera today to give you…

Ashwini Kumar Chakre and Vivek Vijayakumaran during a rehearsal session; (image credit: Virginia Rodrigues & Team)

By Reema Gowalla

Two strangers, a confined space, tampered phones and a looming threat to humankind. These set the premise for Bengaluru-based Indian Ensemble’s latest production, ‘Jhund’. …

The play draws inspiration from Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh’s poetry

By Reema Gowalla

Picture this: a little girl who lives with her mother in a dingy city neighbourhood is speaking with a Vedic demon, Brahmarakshas, that she thinks emerges from the big drain in front of her house. Michlis suffers from mental illness and her mother Rama is struggling to…

By Reema Gowalla

There’s probably only one department at workplace that says, “We care about you and your growth within the company. But as long as you are with us, anything you do is a breach of conduct!” …

Amitesh Grover; a poster of the show

Floating rooms, strange recollections of a missing poet and the anxiety to shuttle between characters before the screen swallows up the virtual city may seem an unlikely description of the theatre we know. But Amitesh Grover, the maker of ‘The Last Poet’, would perhaps term this bafflement the politics of…

MD Pallavi and Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy in a scene from ‘Desdemona Roopakam’ (image credit: Virginia Rodrigues)

So, you’re familiar with the story of William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’? Abhishek Majumdar’s ‘Desdemona Roopakam’ may still take you by surprise. This adaptation spotlights the female voices in the narrative that were often missing. …

Deepika Arwind during the rehearsals of ‘#Unlisted’ in Dubai recently (image credit: Liz-Ann D’souza)

There aren’t many theatremakers who have written every piece of work they have performed. Deepika Arwind, whose scripts are so stimulating that they can put even the audiences through their paces, is one such. Known for her plays like ‘No Rest in the Kingdom’ and ‘I am not here’ among…

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