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“The Roots” : Short Play Theatre Festival in Delhi Gives Young Artists Chance to Showcase Experimental Work

The event was scheduled for two days, July 28 and 29, hosting seven teams each day

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New Delhi, August 03, 2017: A short play theatre festival at Studio Safdar in Delhi – ‘The Roots’, a performing arts society‘ was recently organized for giving young artists an opportunity to experiment with their creativity.

The event observed appearances from Delhi University theatre circuit, freshman theatre groups and mono-act performers, followed by a conversation with ‘ Pink‘ actor Sudhanva Deshpande.

The artists shared the stage with Jana Natya Manch, Delhi’s oldest street play theatre group, whose was the concluding performance of the evening.

The ‘short play festival’ observed a huge amount of audience present at the event to enjoy experimental insights and crisp depictions of performances and hence, the studio space was fully packed.

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Jana Natya Manch‘ actor and director, Sudhanva Deshpande in an exclusive interview with ANI stated, “I am delighted that the short play festival is happening here at Studio Safdar because there is a lot of theatre activity in the city and not enough opportunities for young people to showcase some of their work in progress- experimental work, work that is not entirely finished yet but they would like to show it, share it, showcase it, get responses and so on.”

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She further adds, “And this festival becomes one of the few platforms that are available for this kind of showcasing and sharing and learning from each other that young theatre people always need.”

The event was scheduled for two days, July 28 and 29, hosting seven teams each day.

Prabhjot Singh, an art keeper, shares with ANI about the aim behind The Roots, “I feel that from rehearsals to performance there is no room for the artists to experiment with their creation and therefore, an event like short play festival is important to create a space for the theatre artists to experiment and explore the dimensions of a theatrical production.”

Studio Safdar, an independent and non-funded space for arts was instituted in 2012. May Day Bookstore and cafe equipped with Leftword Books are also a part of this space.

– prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Ramlila: Theatre Portray of the Life of Lord Rama draws huge Crowd In Delhi

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New Delhi, September 23, 2017: Ramlila is the most popular dramatic play, which involves the enactment, narration and music depicting the scenes of mythological epic Ramayana. It is also one of the most oldest form of theatre, which tells the story Lord Rama and the event that happened in his life. In 2008, UNESCO declared Ramlila as the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”.

Ramlila, since time immemorial is popular among Hindus for its unique and creative way of storytelling. Rama is considered to be the manifestation of Hindu preserver god, Lord Vishnu and the story of Ramlila revolves around his life. The performances in these acts are totally based on the ethical values as depicted in the Ramayana and the life episodes of Lord Rama.

One of the oldest theatre group, Luv Kush Ramlila Committee (LKRC) is one of those, who have kept this art alive. They showcase Ramlila every year in Red fort

The act starts from the very first day of nine-day Navratri festival and concludes on the tenth day, popularly known as Dussehra. This day witnessed the legendary war between Rama and Ravana, marking the victory of good over evil.

This year, the group has involved around 50 film and television actor, depicting various characters in Ramayana to fascinate the audience.

Spicing up the regular act, this year the theatre group has also shed ligh on some social issues.  This year the role of Rama and Lakshman will shed light on the eve teasing and casteism.

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In eastern India the event signifies the victory of the Goddess Durga over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

Every year Ramlila, through the art of storytelling entertains, educates and motivates the young generation to choose the path of truth.

Prepared by Abhishek Biswas of NewsGram Twitter: @Writing_desire

 

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Dream to work with Amitabh Bachchan came true with ‘Pink’: Angad Bedi

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Sep 16, 2017: As “Pink” completed a year of its release in Hindi filmdom, actor Angad Bedi said the movie helped his dream to work with megastar Amitabh Bachchan come true.

Angad posted a few throwback images on his social media along with Big B, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang and also with the film’s producer.

He revived memories from the sets of the film for their support and wished Sircar on his birthday.

“Memories… Been a year to our most cherished film. A film which changed something in society. A film which gave us careers,” Angad tweeted.

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“‘No means no’ has had a big impact. Shoojit Da not only gave us ‘Pink’ the film, but also gave each one of us a career in cinema. It’s a film which brought all of us a lot closer,” he added.

Angad added: “Mr Bachchan and Shoojit Da paved the way for us to flourish. My dream to act in a film with Mr Bachchan came true with ‘Pink’. This film has made us family.” (IANS)

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‘Women, Be Your Own Heroes’; Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar Urge Girls to Hit Back, Promote Self Defense

The young actress believes self defense is more than just learning martial arts

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Having played strong characters in films like 'Pink' and 'Naam Shabana', Taapse believes women should be like that in real life too. Wikimedia

Mumbai, September 9, 2017 : Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is collaborating with Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) for a self-defense training event, says women should know how to be their heroes.

“I have always tried to push the importance of self defense in girls. It is more than just learning martial arts, it’s about instilling this confidence amongst girls that they are capable of taking care of themselves. They need to be their own heroes,” Taapsee said in a statement.

The actress has played strong characters in “Naam Shabana” and “Pink”, has been promoting self defense training for girls.

Actor Akshay Kumar has joined hands with Yuva Sena Chief Aditya Thackeray, collaborating with FLO to launch a martial arts event to give self defense training to women in suburban Mumbai.

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Taapsee will be joining hands with them to contribute to this initiative as a special guest at the event on Saturday here.

She herself practices martial arts as a fitness routine. She will be seen interacting with the audience and also present at the self defence demonstrations. (IANS)