|DIRECTORY OF THEATRE GROUPS THAT HAVE PERFORMED IN INDIA - Table 1 >|
The group comprises professional actors, directors, designers, dancers, vocalists, musicians and visual artists, most of whom are NSD alumni; and aims at establishing a form of innovative theatre performance with creative interaction between / interpolation from different allied art forms.
2237 Katra Khozam Shah, (behind Kali Masjid), Bazaar Sita Ram, Delhi 110006
Phone: + 92132 44729, Email:email@example.com
AKS (Aakar Kala Sangam)
Comprising professional actors under the artistic direction of Suresh Bhardwaj, the group aims at experimenting with new forms and techniques in theatre. It has showcased its plays in Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 2002-2005, and in festivals organized by NCZCC and Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, and Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Major productions include Premchand’s Prem Samvad, Badal Sircar’s Saari Raat, Javed Siddiqui’s Aur Agle Saal, Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl.
K37 Sriniwaspuri, New Delhi 110 065,
Phone: +91 98100 52406
Natwa Theatre Society
Founded by eminent theatre personalities and people from the corporate world, it seeks to open up remunerated opportunities for trained actors and theatre professionals, who would put up quality productions every quarter, build up a repertoire, and perform theatre with excellent production and acting standards. Their first production was Mohan Maharishi’s translation of Shakespeare’s Othello-The Moor of Venice in 2005. Three new productions were commissioned in 2006.
S-326,Panchsheel Park, New Delhi 110017
The Group comprises graduates of the NSD and J J School of Arts, and accomplished actors of the Marathis and Hindi stage, playwrights, screenplay writers, and exponents of classical Indian dance and music. It began its journey of achieving professional excellence in theatre with its three-tiered project of staging plays, a Workshop for Actors in association with the Vile Parle Cultural Centre and Sathye College, and organizing Rangotsav, an annual festival of the arts. Aadipashya, an adaptation of Sophocles’s classic Oedipus Rex, has received funding from the Ministry of Human
Resource Development, Government of India, and has bagged the Zee Gaurav Award for the best Experimental Play of the Year, along with the Best Actor Award.
Swarna Madhya, C 27, Vaastushipa Cooperative Housing Society, Veera Desai Road, Andheri (West), Mumbai 400 058,
Phone: +91 93228 78993 / 98207 83250 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
It is an amateur theatre group located in the Odalguri district of Assam, in the BTAD area of north-eastern India, bordering Bhutan. The primary objective of the group is to create a space for articulation of talent among youth. Its Theatre-in-Education Wing, Khil-Khilai organizes programmes with children in order to hone their creativity.
Dapon, Vdalghri, BTAD, Tangla 784521, Assam
Ph: +9435384971/ +9818702027, Email:email@example.com
It is a Delhi-based theatre group, formed in 2001 by Kirti Jain, who has been actively engaged in theatre, producing plays at the National School of Drama, Bhartendu Natya Akadami, Lucknow, Darlington College of Arts, UK, and with other local theatre groups. Its debut play Aur Kitne Tukde (written by B Gauri based on The Other Side of Silence by Urvashi Butali) premièred at NSD’s National Theatre Festival where it received an extremely appreciative response from both critics and the public for its topicality, imaginative production and excellent performances. The play has subsequently
travelled to Mussoorie, Chandigarh, Mumbai and Kolkata and Lahore; and has also featured at the annual Sahitya Kala Parishad Festival. The most recent performance of the play was at the Rang Swarn, the Festival held to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Baghdad Burning is the group second initiative
Aaranjan, E-44 IFS Flats, Mayur Vihar 1,Delhi 110 091
Phone: + 91 11 2275 0016, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Prospective Repertory Theatre Manipur (PRTM)
It was established in 1997 by Toijam Shila Devi alng with other theatre enthusiasts. It has attempted to explore new directions in theatre, arts and culture so as to spread the message of peaceful coexistence. The group also tries to foster theatre-in-education projects and organizes workshops for children and young talents. Some of its latest productions are Amamba Yug, Langlenthoibi and Adubu Eikhoidi Shannaminnakhini.
Prospective Repertory Theatre Manipur (PRTM), Nambol Khori Leikai, P O and P S Nambol
Bishnupur, Manipur 795 134, Phone: + 91 385 245 3920 / 245 3226,
Established in 1987 by three NSD alumni (the Late Subhash Udgata, Amita Udgata and V K Sharma) and a few young artistes, Khilona aims at creating a new movement for professional theatre for children in India. It has collaborated with NSD in 1989, to set up the SanskarRang Toli, a group of adults performing for children, leading to the emergence of at least 10-12 groups who have taken up the cause for promoting professional theatre for children by adults. With a repertoire of plays by Pushkin, Ibsen, Bhasa, Brecht, among others, Khilona has done over 3000 performances of its 12 productions in over 400 schools in 24 towns of India, catering to an audience of over 10 lakh
children, teachers and parents.
101 B Ajanta Apartments, Plot No. 36, I.P. Extension, Delhi 110 092 India
Phones: + 98111 27216 / + 98112 36434, Email:email@example.com
The Central Academy of Drama
Established 1950 and named by Mao Zedong, it is a specialist institution of higher education in theatre, film and TV in China under the Ministry of Education, exploring both Chinese aesthetics traditions and contemporary Western traditions in its academic exercises and research activity.
39 Dong Mlan Hua Hu Tong, Dong Dheng District, Beijing 100 710, Peoples’ Republic of China
Phone: 6401 2831 / 6403 5626, Fax: 6401 6479
Set up by a small group of cultural activists in 1983, during General Zia-ul-Haq's politically and culturally repressive regime, Ajoka has struggled with determination against very heavy odds to produce socially meaningful art. It has addressed vital, sometimes taboo subjects through its hard-hitting and innovative productions. Committed to the ideals of peace and tolerance within Pakistan and in the neighbouring regions, it has frequently collaborated with theatre activists from other countries of South Asia particularly from India, viz. Indian directors such as Badal Sircar, Safdar Hashmi, Anuradha Kapur, Rati Bartholomew, Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Bansi Kaul and
Kewal Dhaliwal. Ajoka has performed widely in India, including the Bharat Rang Mahotsav in 2004, 2006 and 2007. It has also performed in the USA, UK, Norway, Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Oman.
Ajoka Theatre, 24-B Sarwar Road, Lahore, Cantonment
The Group (founded September 2004) focuses on exploring the possibilities of theatre as a medium of social awareness and facilitating, through theatre, a platform protesting any form of social injustice. The group has produced eight short experimental pieces for the stage, ranging from 15 to 45 minutes with guest directors. Bijalibalar Mukti is its first full length production.
Uhinee, 30 P/2 H K Sett Lane, Kolkata 700 050
Phone 91 33 2557 2658 / +91 94334 60699
The Group (estab. 1981) is a company with over fifty members, which has provided a platform for veteran actors like Anupam Kher, kiron Kher and Ashish Vidyarthi. The group’s productions including a whole gamut of theatre including musicals, social plays, comedies, children’s plays and adaptations, have travelled extensively throughout India and abroad; and represented India in theatre festivals abroad in Bahrain, Iran, Dubai, Muscat, Lahore and Singapore. A regular activity of the group is organizing and conducting theatre workshops for adults and children to encourage theatre dissemination.
Ekjute Nepathya, 20 Gulmohar Road, JVPD Scheme, Mumbai 400 049
Phone: 91 22 2670 1212, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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