India Celebrated World Theatre Day

“I think most interesting for me was the active way of playing. You can get something about the story by seeing the actors” faces without knowing the language. What was interesting was the reaction of public. What I really got is people in Shimla like to laugh,” said Silke, a German tourist.

RIP Jaya Prakash Reddy: From a lecturer and theatre artist to a menacing villain and comedian, lesser known facts of the thespian

Popularly known as JP in the Telugu film fraternity, senior actor Jaya Prakash Reddy breathed his last on Tuesday morning at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. According to his family, the 74-year-old suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed in the bathroom. As soon as the news broke out, celebrities from Telugu, Tamil and […]

Small theatre spaces will have a hard time staying afloat now: Ankit Gor

Ankit Gor, a theatre artiste and founder of a theatre group named Anti-Clock Theatre group shares, “It will take a long time for things to go back to normal for the theatre industry. We will the last one to resume business, and we are currently the first ones who are being cut off. In moments […]

Audience in Ahmedabad has always been very receptive about theatre: Chintan Pandya

Chintan Pandya, theatre artiste and founder of a theatre bgroup named Fanatika talks about the effects of lockdown on the theatre industry. He says, “I believe now there is a very serious need for a new medium for theatre and it’s representation. Theatre is a live form, but now it may be put on other […]

Vivek Vijayakumaran to teach solo acting to aspiring theatre artistes

Bengaluru-based performing arts collective Our Theatre has launched its first online workshop for actors interested in solo performances. Called ‘Acting Solo’, the month-long workshop will be facilitated by theatre actor-director and artistic director of the group, Vivek Vijayakumaran. The online sessions will be offered in Kannada, Malayalam, English and Hindi. During the virtual sessions, they […]

Online theatre performances: Fun or flop show?

Someone recently mentioned in a Theatre Adda (a monthly meeting of theatre people to discuss theatre life in the lockdown) that right now it is important to decide what you want to create and communicate. The how will follow. I’m happy to see so much theatre activity online. We are grappling with new formats. But […]

Firodiya Karandak: Organisers revoke restrictions, make theatre censor board’s approval must for scripts

The Firodiya Karandak inter-college competition has been in the news after banning students from choosing topics like ‘Hindu-Muslim issues, Articles 370/35A, Jammu and Kashmir, Babri Masjid, Ram Mandir and India-Pakistan’ for their plays in the 2020 leg of the competition. But, after receiving flak from Marathi theatre artistes and audience, organisers of Firodiya Karandak have […]

Enjoy a Sufi tale as part of Sanchari Theatre’s storytelling initiative

In the latest episode of Bengaluru-based theatre troupe Sanchari Theatre’s ‘Abhyasa Malike’ online project, theatreperson Sathyashree KS is presenting a tale, titled ‘Sathya’, from a collection of Sufi stories translated by Jogi. This is the sixth exercise of the collective’s special initiative during the pandemic, as auditoriums and art spaces continue to remain closed to […]

The Reviving Theatre Tradition In Manipur

A state with rich traditions and classic art forms, Manipur always remain as a centre of attraction for aestheticians. The rich tradition of theatre has always been considered as a medium to highlight major burning social issues and to create awareness in the society. The Manipuri drama artists could even compete with the best at […]

Jaya Prakash Reddy is no more: Mahesh Babu and NTR to Genelia, Telugu actors mourn the death of the thespian

Popular Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy passed away on Tuesday morning at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The 74-year-old breathed his last following a cardiac arrest. Hailing from Allagadda in Kurnool district, Jaya Prakash Reddy was immensely popular for villainy roles with his trademark Rayalaseema dialect and from ‘Kabaddi Kabaddi’ in 2003; he gradually […]