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7th Edition of “Centrestage 2016- Festival of Premiering plays” in Mumbai is an Artistic Delight for Theatre Lovers

The festival will have famous Bollywood/theatre actor Pankaj Kapur in the play "Dreamz-Sehar"

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Mumbai, November 25, 2016: An artistic delight that will feature famous artists like Pankaj Kapur, Sushmita Mukherjee and Sumona Chakrabarty awaits theatre lovers here with a line-up of 15 best picks of the season across genres.

The seventh edition of “Centrestage 2016 – Festival of Premiering plays”, kicked off on Monday and will be on till December 4 at National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA).

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It features 15 plays in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi and a dash of Malayalam, Sanskrit, Urdu.

“Centrestage is a celebration of theatre in its myriad forms. We are trying to present theatre lovers an array of genres through handpicked plays, which reflect the diversity of language, stories, genres and performances,” NCPA Programming Head Deepa Gahlot said.

“The festival will also bring an array of artists like Tannishtha Chatterjee, Zeeshan Ayub, Neil Bhoopalam and Anuvab Pal. It is a true representative of the Mumbai spirit,” Gahlot said.

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The festival will have famous Bollywood/theatre actor Pankaj Kapur in the play “Dreamz-Sehar” that deals with life in a dream, reality and also imagination.

There will also be “Raat Na Aaye”, based on Eugine O’Neil’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” and “Facial, Pedicures and Mind Masala” starring Tannishtha Chatterjee.

The play titled, “Phir Se Shaadi” will take audiences on a humorous quest with Sheeba, who is looking to re-marry her husband after a talaaq.

Another highlight of the festival is the multi-lingual production “Dohri Zindagi”, directed by Gurleen Judge. It is a love story in a homophobic society.

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For Gujarati theatre lovers, there will be “Do Deewane Shaher Mein”, a story about a young couple with high aspirations.

The Marathi highlight is the play titled, “Absolute”, which explores the meaning of connections, disconnections, existence, search and reasons. (IANS)

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  • Ruchika Kumari

    Interesting…..all theatre lovers are going to like it

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393