Thursday, December 30, 2010

Panel discussion on contemporary theatre in India on Lok Sabha TV

Asmita- 'Samajik Sarokar Ke Beech Rangmanch'
Panel discussion on
Lok Sabha TV

Panel -Arvind Gaur (Director - Asmita theatre group),Devendra Raj Ankur (Ex. director, NSD) ,
Dr Harish Naval, (Hindu College,writer) ,Smita Bharati (social activist - director 'Saakshi'), Smriti Vij (FTI Pune Alumni & Theatre actor) and Samina (Anchor)

Thursday, December 30; 10:00 pm
31st Dec (Friday) 9am,
1st Jan (Sat.) 4pm,
2nd Jan (Sun.) 10 am.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities at Equal Opportunity cell,University of Delhi


Street play & songs presentation
by Asmita Theatre Group

directed by Arvind Gaur
for Equal Opportunity cell,
University of Delhi (EOC)
at faculty of arts on

"International Day of Persons with Disabilities"
(World Disable day)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
(3rd December) is an international observance promoted
by the United Nations since 1992

Friday, December 24, 2010

Winter Theatre Workshop with Arvind Gaur For 7-14 year olds at Katha

Winter Theatre Workshop
with director Arvind Gaur

For 7-14 year olds, 25th to 28 th December, 2pm- 5pm at Katha, A3, Sarvodaya Enclave,
Sri Aurobindo Marg,
For details and registrations contact:
Niharika- 9968184768 , 01141416628.
Tel: 011 4141 6600,4141 6627,
Fax: 011 2651 4373

Winter Carnival at Katha ,23rd–30th December 2010, An extravaganza of hyperactive events for kids and adults
info@katha.org,
storyshop@katha.org,

Asmita Weekend Theatre workshop new batch, AWT 2010-2011

The Asmita weekend theatre workshop,conceptualized by Mr Arvind Gaur Director Asmita theatre group, is the first of its kind. This workshop provides working professionals a platform to pursue thaetre on Saturday and Sunday mornings under the guidance of Shilpi Marwaha.
The uniqueness of this workshop lies in the selection of its content, chosen to study contemporary acting. Socio-political issues become a subject of discussions, improvisations and script reading.Voice and speech work: quintessential in acting; are taught by means of physical exercises, street plays and monologues.
15 years of knowledge and experience of Asmita Theatre Group is carefully filtered into the minds of students by the senior most actors of Asmita, under the critical guidance of Mr. Arvind Gaur.Finally the three month workshop culminates in a public production.
"Kharashe" a play based on short stories by Gulzar was performed by the second batch of Asmita Weekend Theatre Workshop at I.H.C on the 26th and 27th of July.A comprehensive documentation of this play is available at the Asmita Weekend Theatre Group on Face book.Log Baag ,performed by 3rd batch of weekend group under the guidance of Shilpi Marwaha on 4th Dec at LKM, lodhi road.

Asmita Weekend Theatre Achievements-
1-Saurabh Sawarswat - selected for FTII - Acting,AWT, 2009 Batch
2-Sandeep Yadav - selected for FTII - Cinematography,AWT, 2009 Batch
3-AWT, 2009 Batch performs Kharaashein in June, 2010
4-AWT, July,2010 Batch performs Log Baag in Nov, 2010
5-Ishwak Singh Performed solo play in Short+Sweet festival 2010, AWT, 2009 Batch
6-AWT, 2009 Batch performed street plays at various venues
7-AWT, July,2010 Batch performs many street plays at IHC & SRC
Fingers crossed for few more updates...

For registration pls Contact-
Shilpi Marwaha-9540.65.65.37,Shiv Chauhan- 9958.793.683,Ishwak Singh- 9811.430008,
Rahul Khanna-9711.188.856,Suraj Singh - 9999.69.25.25,Arvind Gaur- 9899.650.509

Garbage street play for Deptt. of Social Work,Delhi University


Child and Adolescent Wellbeing,Deptt. of Social Work Delhi University & Asmita theatre Group presents-
Street play on Garbage
on Wednesday,15th December 2010 at 1: 30 pm
at the N/68 block, near Ashram,Aruna Nagar (at Ring rd. straight from Monastery).

Actors- Himanshu Katara ,Saurabh Pal,Anish Kumar,Shiv Chauhan,Gaurav Mishra ,Aju Parikh,Palak Bhutani,Mannu Choudhary,Abhay Malhotra,Aparna Singh,Punkaj Dutta,Himanshu Maggo,Vartika Tiwari,Pradeep Awasthi,Charu Gupta,Kumar Vaibhav ,Manoj yadav,Amit Dahiya, Kundan,Manish Gupta,Manju,Narendra Thakur,Renu Keshyap,Tarun Kumar,Shilpi Marwaha

for details pls Contact-Shilpi Marwaha-9540656537,Shiv Chauhan-9958793683,Ishwak Singh-9811430008,Rahul Khanna-9711188856,Suraj Singh -99996925.25,Saurabh Pal-9958943525,Arvind Gaur-9899.650.509
- Charu Sethi ,Deptt. of Social Work ,Delhi University

Ambedkar AUR Gandhi directed by Arvind Gaur on 8th Dec at Sophia Auditorium



Asmita Theatre presents Rajesh Kumar's
"Ambedkar AUR Gandhi"
directed by Arvind Gaur
on 8th December at 7.30pm
at Sophia Bhabha,Auditorium
Bhulabhai Desai Road,Sophia College Lane,Cumballa Hill, Mumbai

ACTORS- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Bajrang Bali Singh, M.K.Gandhi - Viren Basoya, Rama Bai- Shilpi Marwaha, Saurabh Pal, Malay Garg, Devdas Gandhi –Anish kumar / Gaurav Mishra, Sardar Patel -Shiv Chauhan, Sarojini Naidu -Disha Arora, Annie Besant -Smiriti Vij /Pooja Pradaan, Malviya -Pankaj Datta, Mahadev Bhai -Suraj Singh, CHORUS - Shilpi Marwaha,Rahul Khanna,Kakoli Gaur,Saveree Gaur,Himanshu Maggu,Shiv Chauhan,Disha Arora,Palak Bhutani,Suraj Singh,Pankaj Datta,Anish Kumar,Ketan Kalra,Narender Thakur,Himanshu Katara,Dipesh Mohlay,Manu Chowdhay,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Abhay Malhotra,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Sandilya ,Vallari Shrivastva,Vrinda Vedi...

Credits-
Poems- Avataar Singh Paash (पाश ),Shankar Shailendra ,Bhupen Hazarika,Bob Dylan ,
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur
musicians - Sandy , Anil Mishra & Mohit Sharma
Group Incharge ; Viren Basoya
Production : Shiv,Rahul.Gaurav & himanshu

asmitatheatre@gmail.com
http://sites.google.com/site/asmitatheatre/Home

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GANDHI AND AMBEDKAR – REVIEWS
“Ambedkar aur Gandhi” is one of Asmita’s classics…Asmita’s latest presentation, young playwright Rajesh Kumar’s “Ambedkar aur Gandhi” was marked for healthy audience response both for its content and the director Gaur’s overall production design… Never before have I seen such an intelligent post-presentation discussion between the audience and the director. It just goes to show if the theme is relevant and the presentation professionally good, the audience is waiting for it...The cast does full justice to the playwright and were true to what the director was trying to get out of them.
Bajrang Bali Singh playing Ambedkar was excellent particularly in his last speech after Gandhiji’s death.Viren Basoya’s Gandhi, calm and collected throughout and yet emotional when he says he wants to be reborn as a Harijan. In response, the audience breaks out in a non-stop applause.
Apart from the two lead players, others who stand out are Shilpi Marwah as Rama Bai, Pankaj Raj Yadav as Devdas Gandhi, Malay Garg as Kedarkar, Raj Sharma as Sadanand and Rahul Datta as Sardar Patel.To lend colour to the presentation, there was, as usual, excellent music by Sangeeta Gaur and some popular songs that brought back old memories.“Ambedkar aur Gandhi”, to my mind is one of Asmita’s classics and Gaur’s best-directed presentations that must be taken around the Hindi speaking States...
-ROMESH CHANDER, The Hindu (An ongoing dialogue, 21 August, 2009)
http://beta.thehindu.com/arts/theatre/article6277.ece

Gandhi- Ambedkar debate moved, impressed the gathering …play succeeded in arousing the audience…debate received constant applause.
- Rashtriya Sahara

Politics takes centre stage...social political play about the geopolitical and social scenario in the country in 1930’s…reveals the two extreme thinking- Gandhi and Ambedkar …relation between the two despite their differences.
- Hindustan Times (Live correspondent)

Arvind Gaur’s 64th endeavour follows its predecessors- a social and political play… political dialogues on the social concerns of the time… antithetical views and the realisation that Gandhi Ambedkar’s vision was one, but means different — form the fabric of the play…issue of untouchability and the plight of the Dalits is a significant thread expressed in the play……..
- The Hindu (Preview)

Gandhi and Ambedkar attacked caste system…to stop untouchability, terminate caste system- thought expressed lively in the debate between Gandhi and Ambedkar…arguments received constant applause…war of thoughts between Gandhi and Ambedkar stirred the audience…expresses the clash of thoughts…chorus gave the play a new height.
- Dainik Hindustan

रंगमंच पर इतिहास के दो बड़े नायकों को ज्वलंत सामाजिक सवालों पर संवाद करते, समस्याओं से भरे इतिहास के उस जटिल दौर में आगे की राह तलाशते तथा वैचारिक रूप से गुत्थम-गुत्था होते देखना एक नया अनुभव है। ऐसा ही अनुभव राजेश कुमार का नाटक 'अम्बेडकर और गाँधी ' देता है। अस्मिता थियेटर ग्रुप, नई दिल्ली ने इस नाटक का मंचन लखनऊ के संत गाडगे प्रेक्षागृह ( उत्तरप्रदेश प्रदेश संगीत नाटक हैं ) में किया जिसकी परिकल्पना व निर्देशन अरविन्द गौड़ का था।
राजेश कुमार का यह नाटक विचार प्रधान है। इसका सारा ताना-बाना बहस और संवाद पर आधारित है। चूँकि यह बहस आज भी जारी है, इसलिए यह असमाप्त संवाद है। आमतौर पर हिन्दी में संवाद पर आधारित राजनीतिक नाटकों का अभाव रहा है । अरविंद गौड़ के निर्देशन और परिकल्पना की प्रशंसा की जानी चाहिए कि उन्होंने नाटक की प्रमाणिकता की रक्षा करते हुए संवादों पर केन्द्रित इस नाटक में कथा तत्वों, गीत-संगीत व दृश्यों का बेहतर संयोजन प्रस्तुत किया जिसने नाटक को पूरा गतिमय बनाये रखा।
नाटक के दो मुख्य पात्र हैं - अम्बेडकर और गाँधी। पूरा नाटक इनके इर्द-गिर्द चलता है। नाटक में ये दोनों पात्र आज के अम्बेडकर और गाँधी, जो प्रतिमाओं में कैद हैं, से अलग हैं . न महात्मा ये हैं और न मसीहा बल्कि मनुष्य हैं जिनमें खूबियां हैं तो मानवीय दुर्बलताएं भी हैं। लेकिन आज की पीढी इन्हे ' महात्मा ' और ' मसीहा ' के रूप में ही ज्यादा जानती है क्योंकि इनका परिचय बहुत-कुछ इसी रूप में कराया गया है। यहाँ पूजा भाव अधिक है। नाटक इस इमेज को तोड़ता है और नई पीढ़ी के अन्दर इतिहास को फिर से जानने-समझने की उत्सुकता पैदा करता है। इस नाटक में अवतार सिंह पाश की कविता ‘हम लड़ेंगे साथी’, ‘सबसे खतरनाक होता है सपनों का मर जाना’, शंकर शैलेन्द्र, भूपेन हजारिका व बाॅब दायलान के गीतों का बहुत सुन्दर इस्तेमाल हुआ है। दो दर्जन से अधिक कलाकार जब इन कविताओं और गीतों के साथ कोरस प्रस्तुत करते हैं तो इतिहास और अतीत का संघर्ष दर्शकों के सामने सजीव हो उठता है। गाँधी की भूमिका में वीरेन बसाया, अम्बेडकर के रूप में बजरंग बली सिंह, रमा बाई की भूमिका में शिल्पी मारवाह के साथ करीब तीस से अधिक कलाकारों से सजे इस नाटक की संगीत रचना डा0 संगीता गौड़ ने की। - कौशल किशोर, जन संस्कृति मंच, लखनऊ की पत्रिका
http://jasamlucknow.blogspot.com/2009/12/blog-post.html

Fight between the thoughts expressed brilliantly in the play…Gandhi and Ambedkar an unforgettable experience…expressed the conflicting thoughts of two political stalwarts with similar aim…
- Amar Ujaala

This religion cannot be reformed but only be rejected,” exclaims Ambedkar and declares his decision to change his religion from Hinduism, while Gandhi believes “Untouchability can be erased without disturbing the caste system.” Gandhi and his followers ask Ambedkar why changing of religion was important to him and in response Ambdekar asks Gandhi and Gandhians, why Swaraj is important to them. While Gandhi says “I will not let every village in this country be divided between touchables and untouchables,” Ambedkar cries out saying “I have no country.”- It is this kind of difference of opinions and thoughts in addressing and fighting the problems of history which takes the centre-stage in Aravind Gaur’s play AMBEDKAR AUR GANDHI, written by Rajesh Kumar.
With references made to the Poona pact, Kala Ram temple entry satyagraha, round table conference and Communal award the play unfolds the limitation of Gandhi in addressing the problem of untouchability and also his failure in attacking the root of the problem. The play also voices out the dissatisfaction in Ambedkar about the efforts put by Gandhi for the removal of untouchability. The dialogue by Ambedkar saying, “Why doesn’t Gandhi fast unto death for the cause of removal of untocuhability?” summarizes the dissatisfaction and also the dialogue saying, “Efforts of Congress to address the problem of untocuhability is like getting a new dress stitched during the festive season, every year.”
-B.A. Samvartha ('Sahil'), Research Scholar,Theater and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics,JNU
http://crazymindseye.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/ambedkar-aur-gandhi/

बाबासाहब अंबेडकर और महात्मा गांधी सिर्फ दो व्यक्ति नहीं, दो ‘स्कूल’ हैं। दो वैचारिक केंद्र हैं। दो संस्थाएं हैं। दोनों आधुनिक भारत के सर्वाधिक विवादास्पद चरित्रों में हैं। चूंकि दोनों लीक से हटकर चले, इसलिए उन पर उनके समय से लेकर आज तक सवाल उठाये जाते रहे हैं। दोनों की मंजिल एक-दूसरे से जितनी मिलती थी, रास्ते उतने ही जुदा थे। दोनों के संदर्भ में सर्वाधिक दुखद यह है कि दोनों के अनुयायियों ने दो ऐसे विशाल खेमे बना लिये हैं, जो आपस में संवाद की कोई जरूरत नहीं समझते। अंबेडकरवादियों के लिए गांधी दलितविरोधी हैं तो गांधीवादियों के लिए अंबेडकर देशद्रोही। गांधीवादियों से अंबेडकर को पढ़ने की क्या अपेक्षा की जाए, वे गांधी को भी नहीं पढ़ना चाहते। कुछ ऐसी ही स्थिति अंबेडकरवादियों की है। इसका परिणाम यह हुआ कि अंबेडकर और गांधी के मूल्य और उनका संघर्ष कहीं पीछे छूट गया है।ऐसे समय में अंबेडकर और गांधी में संवाद की बेहद जरूरत है। इसी जरूरत को पूरा करने की दिशा में एक सार्थक प्रयास है अस्मिता थियेटर की नाट्य प्रस्तुति ‘अंबेडकर और गांधी’।
नाटक का महत्व इस दृष्टि से भी है कि यह एक बहुत बड़े ऐतिहासिक सत्य का उदघाटन करता है, वह है – तमाम मतभेदों के बावजूद अंबेडकर और गांधी एक-दूसरे से घृणा नहीं करते थे। गांधी की हत्या से अंबेडकर आहत होते हैं, वहीं दूसरी तरफ गांधी की इच्छा है कि अगर मेरा दुबारा जन्म हो तो महाशूद्र के रूप में हो। दोनों के मन में एक-दूसरे को अपनी बात न समझा पाने की कसक है। नाटक के अंत में अंबेडकर अपने इस कथन से दर्शकों को एक जिम्मेदारी सौंप जाते हैं, ‘अस्पृश्यता के सवाल पर हम अपने-अपने ढंग से लड़ रहे थे। गांधीजी संवाद अधूरा छोड़ कर चले गये’। अंबेडकरवादियों और गांधीवादियों को अपने-अपने खेमों से निकल कर इस संवाद को जारी रखने की जरूरत है। इस संवाद के अभाव का ही परिणाम है कि आरक्षण आदि मसलों पर अंबेडकरवादी और गांधीवादी कोई सहमति बनाने के बजाय उग्र हो जाते हैं। आज भी दलितों की मुक्ति से हम कोसों दूर हैं।
-गंगा सहाय मीणा (अंबेडकर और गांधी : संवाद जारी है ),भारतीय भाषा केंद्र, जेएनयू,.
http://mohallalive.com/2010/02/23/a-play-based-on-ambedkar-and-gandhi/

In fact the play operates at many levels to show the multiple layers of the thought processes of both the leaders and brings about the multi-layered confrontation due to the differences and conflicts between them. What makes the play more fascinating is the vivid illustration of the complexities of the freedom struggle and the different meanings, different sets of people assigned to it.
The play operates excellently at all three levels- content, technique and style. The content, despite being so rich in thoughts and ideological conflicts, is so clear and nuanced; it leaves no scope for confusion in viewer’s minds. . The dilemma in Ambedkar’s mind over Gandhi’s fast and his anguish over the sufferings of dalits has come out very clearly. At the same time, at no place Gandhi has been vilified and his own feelings toward the issue has been shown honestly. At the same time the style of the play with the evocative use of revolutionary poetry, make very clear, where the sensibilities of the director stands. The director adopts the stylistic genre of street play and thus puts himself in the seat of an activist rather than an armchair neutral analyst. Equally importantly, the efficient use of resources at his disposal in actor, poetry, light and space allow him to exploit the full potential of both the script and stage.
-Sushil Chandra
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=292761306399&topic=26080
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Audience's Comments-
whenever i think about the play 'Ambedkar aur Gandhi" it just force me to think about the aweso performances of asmita renowed actors as ambedkar ,gandhi and rama.....enthralls my nerves for the subject and brain neurons get activated for the script writer "Rajesh Kumar" heads down for his great and couragous effort to provide such a wonderful and appealing script and last bt nt yhe least... no doubt the script is powerful but to present it for mass is always challenging and the theatre ace "ARVIND GAUR" didnt left any stone untouched for the play..........so the result is here after seeing the play someone starts thinking again from the bottom of indian politics and some are saying "the play changed their thoughts abt gandhi and ambedkar"..... nw its your turn...... watch this play (going to be staged soon in delhi again) and decide urself "whether it cracks ur nerves and vibrate ur brain's neurons or not.............!!-- With Regards !!! - Arvind Keshri !!

preformace is really outstading no doubt ASMITA rocks
we need this play once more ASAP -Ajay Tyagi

AMBEDKAR AND GANDHI.... Waaooww... Just two word, AMAZINGLY AWESOME.The best play i have ever seen in my life as yet.The Director Mr Arvind Gaur's best work. This is a milestone from ASMITA THEATER GROUP -Sidharth Yash

Just got here after the performance, new play in asmita's lap. Hope the list goes on. viren basoya and bajrang bali's performance was splendid....but to be honest the thread which has given a new dimension to the cloth of debate between gandhi and ambedkar is ARVIND GAUR, this man is a genius. seeing actors viren and bajrang under Gaur's direction taught me a life time of acting....
I am proud to be a part of this production...- Shilpi Marwaha

Awesome play directed by arvind sir..it was d 1st time dat it was performed on 19th july..am glad i was one of d many who aw its world premier....congrats -Ridhima Bahl

This kind of bold theatre is necessary for our Society. Thanks
-Jasveer (Kapurthala)

"Ambedkar Aur Gandhi" play with brilliant use of actors on stage.Brilliant stage acting, amazing stage chemistry between 2 awesome actors : Bajrang Bali and Viren Basoya,Congratulations to both for a superb performance.
As a theatre enthusiast I want thank Mr. Arvind Gaur for the play , which not only forces us to think but also breaks our notions about the 2 most influential people in Indian history."Ambedkar aur Gandhi" a play recommended for every individual : who is hopeful for change, the one who is not afraid to go : up the hill and against the tide,the one not afraid to fight...Hope for more shows of this play. Excellent acting by Bajrang Bali Singh as Ambedkar ,Viren Basoya as Gandhi and Shilpi Marwaha as Rama -Shiv Chauhan

The play not only attacks the caste system but attacks all existing forms of inequality and discrimination. It is always overwhelming to see how the debate between Gandhi and Ambedkar actually arouses the audience to debate with each other as well. It is through this play that I have realised the importance of humanity. I'm proud to be a part of such an influential play.-Disha Arora

one of the best play seen so far...Great show!!!! simply mesmerising!!!!
-Nitin Gupta
Wonderful and amazing work ! great performance by all the actors ! Bajrang Bali is spell-binding... Yadavan Chandran ( Darpana Academy )

Its one of the best plays ever written in Indian Theater. I had the privilege of watching it once in Bhopal and I have become fan of Bajrang and Arvind sir. Great 2 hours, a play which leaves u in awe of the actors and the director. I hope they perform in Bhopal again.
- Kshitij Mathur. Bhopal

AYTW 2010 MUMBAI (December 5-9) @ Sophia Bhabha Auditorium...
Tickets priced at 100/-, 200/- and 300/- available at Rythm House and Planet M outlets.AYTW Mumbai Contacts- 09819717838, 09819717827 ; for details pls call : AG -09899650509,Shilpi Marwaha- 9540656537,Shiv Chauhan-9958793683,Suraj Singh-9999692525,Viren Basoya- 9911013630,Rahul Khanna-9711188856

Asmita shows at IHC as as a part of Old World theatre festival














Asmita shows at IHC as as a part of Old World theatre festival 3rd to 12th Dec at 6.30pm as a part of Old World theatre festival.

3rd Dec- Interfaith street play
at IHC directed by Arvind Gaur at 6.30pm as a part of Old World theatre festival.

Interfaith- a street play by Asmita Theatre Group on the mindsets of the people.
The play talks about how people make stereotypes in society , how we , as human beings don’t trust other people on the basis of caste, class, religion and colour. It also depicts 6 stories showing the atrocities faced by the victims who suffer because of the genocide caused by the differences among people. For how many years will innocent people have to suffer because of difference in beliefs among people?

4th Dec -Domestic help street play as a part of Old World theatre festival..
The play focuses on the need of decent work for domestic workers specially women.The play opens with a song ending in a marketplace of domestic girls. It shows a contractor trying to sell various categories of Girls(domestic workers ) and charging extra amount to evade the verification process. The focus of the scene is the lack of any legislation covering domestic workers, which makes it easy to flout and buy any rules relating to them.

5th Dec- Solo performance by Smriti vij-'rainbow in the sea' Kashmir solo as a part of Asmita's platform performances, Old World theatre festival,India Habitat Centre,Delhi, 6.30pm.

6th december- AUCKLAND-by Ishwak Singh at IHC on at 6:30 pm

7th& 8th - Dance drama by JBS actors

9th Dec- performance by Ishwak Singh & Shiv Chauhan

10th Dec-Domestic help street play as a part of Old World theatre festival..
The play focuses on the need of decent work for domestic workers specially women.The play opens with a song ending in a marketplace of domestic girls. It shows a contractor trying to sell various categories of Girls(domestic workers ) and charging extra amount to evade the verification process. The focus of the scene is the lack of any legislation covering domestic workers, which makes it easy to flout and buy any rules relating to them.

11th Dec- "Road rage" street play by Asmita theatre actors at India Habitat Centre as a part of old world theatre festival 2010

12th Dec- Interfaith street play at IHC directed by Arvind Gaur at 6.30pm as a part of Old World theatre festival.

Ek maamoli aadmi at Raipur as a part of MUKTIBODH RAASTRIYA NAATYA SAMAAROH

Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi directed by Arvind Gaur
15th Nov. 2010 @ Raipur,Chattisgarh
as a part of Muktibodh National Theatre Festival.

ACTORS- Viren Basoya,Shilpi Marwaha,Bajrang Bali Singh,Malya Garg,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Saurab Pal,Disha Arora,Himansu Maggu ,Shiv Chauhan,Palak,Suraj Singh,Rahul Khanna,Kakoli Gaur,Gaurav Mishra,Pankaj,Saveree Gaur,Anish Kumar,Vartika Tiwar,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Manu Chaudhary,Pankaj Sha...ndilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay Malhotra...

'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is one more milestone in Asmita's engaging repertoire of meaningful theatre. -Nikhat Kazmi (Times of India)

Meaningful production.. .Another feather in the cap of a young director Arvind Gaur. -Kavita Nagpal (HT)

'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is an excellent play with a lot of humour , lot of life's reality -Smita Nirula (Pioneer)

The play is built around the protagonist Umesh's curiosity to find out why Brahmins had refused to participate in his father's 'tehrvi' ... production is excellent... innovative...-Romesh Chander (Hindu)

Written by Ashok Lal and directed by Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़), the play is a deeply moving description of the travails of a middle-aged clerk who knows of his impending death. Reserved, reclusive and politically correct Ishwar Chand, decides to do some unusual things before dying. The acts are not a result of angst or deeds of rebellion, Ishwar just wants to savour another life, paint a new picture of himself for his own viewing. His escape from reality is a challenge to that very reality. Death becomes a motivation for pleasure; he wants to please others, see others happy, and make others fulfilled - Indian Express

Rajesh Kumar's Ambedkar aur Gandhi at Muktibodh National Theater Festival

Rajesh Kumar's play "Ambedkar aur Gandhi"
on 14th November at 6.30pm at Rangmandir Auditorium ,Raipur
as a part of Muktibodh National Theater Festival .
Muktibodh Theater festival was started a decade ago in the honor of famous writer, poet late Mr.Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh by Indian People Theater Association (IPTA) .
for details pls call- 09899650509,Shilpi Marwaha- 9540656537 Shiv Chauhan-9958793683,Suraj Singh-9999692525,Viren Basoya- 9911013630,Rahul Khanna-9711188856

ACTORS- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Bajrang Bali Singh, M.K.Gandhi - Viren Basoya, Rama Bai- Shilpi Marwaha, Saurabh Pal, Malay Garg, Devdas Gandhi -Pankaj Raj Yadav, Sardar Patel -Shiv Chauhan, Sarojini Naidu -Disha Arora, Annie Besant -Smiriti Vij /Pooja Pradaan, Malviya -Pankaj Datta, Mahadev Bhai -Suraj Singh, CHORUS - Pankaj Raj Yadav,Shilpi Marwaha,Rahul Khanna,Kakoli Gaur,Saveree Gaur,Himanshu Maggu,Shiv Chauhan,Disha Arora,Devesh Nigam,Palak Bhutani,Suraj Singh,Pankaj Datta,Anish Kumar,Ketan Kalra,Narender Thakur,Himanshu Katara,Dipesh Mohlay,Manu Chowdhay,Rahul Dhir,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Abhay Malhotra,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Sandilyay,Amit Mishra,Vallari Shrivastva,Vrinda Vedi...

Credits-
Poems- Avataar Singh Paash (पाश ),Shankar Shailendra ,Bhupen Hazarika,Bob Dylan
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur
with musicians - Sandy , Anil Mishra & Mohit Sharma
Group Incharge ; Viren Basoya
Production : Shiv
Asmita Theatre- Celebrating 18th year of theatre movement

asmitatheatre@gmail.com
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Subhash Mishra
Co-ordinator,Muktibodh theater festival,Raipur

Untitled solo by Lushin Dubey directed by Arvind Gaur

Untitled
A solo performance by Lushin Dubey
Script, design & directed by Arvind Gaur.
The Untitled Solo play (Hindi/English) is based on Vijay Dan Detha's story and Dario Fo's short play “Medea’.
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur
on 21st Nov. at 7.30pm at Kamani Auditorium at Atelier youth festival.

Director’s Note- Untitled SOLO is basically a "fusion" experimental venture. This fusion... is incorporated in each element of the design from language of performance, set and music to acting with puppets my attempt was to make a journey to discover a new language for solo performance. As a director, the challenge to maintain the socio -political relevance of the theme while exploring new presentation style has been an ever stimulating process for me. The script is pendulous swing between the two stories (one Indian & one western) and touches upon pertinent aspects, giving voice to the woman's case! Should a woman hit back? And why not? What does it appear? Is it justified?
The production is a combination of English and Hindi, and Lushin’ s co-actors are puppets, herself playing different roles to project different characters. Lushin not only plays characters physically but at the same time delves under the skin to look at their psyche, using her voice, gait, body movements, masks, puppets, different scarves and music etc. The result is a true to life characterization of a lecherous king (husband), his wife, maid sweeper, a young girl in her teens, media & her old maid and many more.
-Arvind Gaur, Director

About the play
The foundation for the script is based on Vijayadan Detha’s story “Nyari Nyari Maryada” and Dario Fo’s short play “Medea”. “Nyari Nyari Maryada” the story by Vijayadan Detha, is also one where women surprise the men.Men who relentlessly treat women as “Kottputli’s”.Dario Fo reinterpret Euripides’s “Medea”. “Medea is one of the most horrific and powerful Greek tragedies, a play of dark revenge and slaughter and is dominated by the voice of “Medea”, the foreign princess who aided Jason, her husband, in the past, and whom he now spurns for younger women. She retaliates by murdering her own children…And therefore, in a sense “Killing” him and herself.
“ Be a good wife and a good mother and you will have space to live in my house," says Medea's husband, a character from Greek mythological, who kills her own children to take revenge on her husband, who had married a much younger girl. "Respect him and love him, and he will let you live in his house," said the wise old nurse. Medea's crisis was, she had to make a choice, if she wanted to remain a proud woman or become a wise woman, by sealing her lips, and let everything be, as it had been.
A parallel tale from Rajasthan, written by Vijaydan Detha, narrates a tale of a king's court, where a mehatrani (sweeper woman) comes, asking for justice, because her twelve year old daughter had been raped by the pundit of the court, who was, in fact, her father. The Raja, the Diwan and even the court jester silence their women by telling them that man need to have change of taste. One day, it is the Rani who calls the court to declare, she will get justice for the sweeper woman's daughter. She declares to the court that even she had changed her taste And the play dwelt on precisely this query -- what is women's maryada. with violence against women, cheating and child abuse .

About actor Lushin Dubey-
Lushin Dubey did her Masters in Science in Childhood and Special Education in the US (after a Masters in History from Delhi, India) and was then deeply involved in teaching mentally challenged kids. In 1986 she set up Kids world with her cousin Bubbles Sabharwal. "Untitled" solo directed & scripted by Arvind Gaur, traveled to the US, UK and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.’ Untitled' makes its third trip to the U.S. last year along with 'Bitter Chocolate' directed & scripted by Arvind Gaur . 'Untitled' has already completed more than 200 shows.10 shows in Scotland. In the U.S. some of the cities have been Boston, Chicago, Rochester, New York, Dallas, Houston, Washington D.C., and Palo Alto San Francisco. It has also been staged at the Smithsonian Institute and at Harvard. Lushin has acted in several films and serials. Her first one being 'Perfect Husband' which debuts at the Cannes Festival .Lushin is married with two daughters, Ilina and Tara. Her husband, Dr .Pradeep Dubey, Leading Professor in Applied Mathematics at Stony brook and Adjunct Professor at Yale, has always supported her creative Endeavour’s. She divides her time between the US and India and looks forward to being involved in cultural interaction between the two countries, especially via the medium of theatre."Work is defined by age. The older you get, the more you question. I find myself asking questions I would newer have asked ten years ago. This quest has led me into plays like `The Life of Gautama Buddha`, 'Untitled Solo 'and most recently, 'Bitter Chocolate' ( both directed by Arvind Gaur). It has been a self-perpetuating process, as one play has given birth to the other “- Lushin Dubey

About director -
Theater icon - working from last 15 years in theater with social and Political issues as Subject for his plays. Started theater group ' ASMITA' in 1993 which now actively playing various plays in India and abroad. He has directed more than 60 stage plays over two decades that have been staged at Edinburgh Theatre festival in the UK and at Chicago, Washington, Boston, and San Francisco, Ohio in the USA, France, Armenia, Russia and UAE. His play Madhavi solo by Rashi Bunny received special award for best play in experimentation with tradition at international Solo festival, Armenia.
Arvind Gaur, resident Director of Asmita Theatre, Delhi is also an actor trainer, social activist, street theatre worker and story teller. Gaur was the recipient of a research fellowship awarded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (India) (1997-98). Arvind Gaur has conducted many theatre workshops and performed in various Colleges, Institutions, Universities and Schools in India and abroad such as Stanford, Harvard University, Stony Brook University, Smithsonian, Nehru Centre (London), IIM lucknow, JNU, IILM, IIT, AIIMS. He was also the guest faculty of Delhi University for Theatre in education program for three years. Arvind Gaur has conducted many theatre workshops for children in schools and slums as well as Street Theatre performances on different socio-political issues.
Director Arvind Gaur collaborated with various Theatre artists specially in exploring a new language for Solo performances which include - "Untitled Solo" by Lushin Dubey, "Madhavi" by Rashi Bunny, "4.84 Psychosis " by Ruth Sheard, "Women in Black" by Bubbles Sabharwal, "Hidden Fires " & "The little Prince " both by Rashi Bunny, “Gandhari” by Aishveryaa Nidhi (Sydney), Story of Tiger by Jaimini and "Bitter Chocolate " a new solo by Lushin Dubey. Pinki Virani’s "Bitter Chocolate” a new solo by Lushin Dubey directed by Arvind gaur was also performed at Harvard (USA) & at Nehru Centre, London.
With Rashi Bunny , young actress trained in Theatre design at University of Alabama at Birmingham and Rutgers University, New Jersey, Arvind Gaur has directed four solo plays-Bhishma Sahani's "Madhavi ", Manjula Padmanabhan's 'Hidden Fires’, The little Prince and 'Walking through the Rainbow'.“ Gandhari” solo performance by Aishveryaa Nidhi was directed & performed at NIDA theatre, Sydney. Recently with British actress Ruth Sheard, he has directed two solo plays- Sarah Kane’s “4.84 Psychosis” and Dario Fo- Franca Rama’ s “A woman alone ”.Bhishma Sahni's Madhavi by Rashi Bunny received special award for best play in experimentation with tradition at International Solo Theatre Festival, Armenia. "Madhavi" was invited at International Theatre Festival, Russia and recently at International Theatre festival, France

Friday, November 19, 2010

Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial Directed by Arvind Gaur on 20th Nov at SRC


Swadesh Deepak's
Court Martial
directed by Arvind Gaur
on 20th nov at 7:00 pm, Sri Ram center, Mandi house
about the play -
When respect is denied to a man for the only reason that he is borne by 'low-caste' parents, the offence cannot simply be termed as a social violence. It assumes larger proportions of crime against humanity and society at large. Yet by the turn in situation the murderer becomes a win...ner whereas the victi...m is unforgiving.The culprit may receive severe punishment at the hands of the law but, in fact, it is the society which is put in the docks.
Court Martial, written by Swadesh Deepak, is a story of recruit Ram Chander who is tried for murdering one of his officers and injuring another.The Court Martial is presided by a war veteran. Col Surat Singh who has witnessed many 'life –and –death' situation. But this trial puts him in a queer position, so far unknown to him, and during the course of interrogation he realize that the issues at stake are much larger than what meets the eye. Realizing that the Indian army is the only government agency in which reservation on caste basis is not permissible. Court Martial presents a combination of legal and poetic justice.

Critics Says-
Tight pace of Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial... not to be missed.- Kavita Nagpal, Hindustan Times
Excellent Performance ...Swadesh Deepak's brilliant script... memorable production by the Asmita team and Arvind Gaur.-- Romesh Chandra, The Hindu

Gaur’s hard hitting realism…..His infinitely intelligent approach….strong play.- Aruna Ahluwalia (E.News)

Kudos to Court Martial….a drama that went beyond the limits of drama .- (Indian Express)
The Asmita team has created a marvelous piece of theatre out of a wonderful script….don’t miss it. The times spent watching it is well worth it.-Smita Nirula ( The Pioneer)

Stealing scenes with revolt as the theme ….Court Martial was an engrossing display of theatre for social awareness.-Sushama Chadha (Times Of India)

"Not Just a Play: ‘Court Martial’ is not just a play written by Swadesh Deepak, directed by Arvind Gaur & enacted by Asmita-artistes. It is a burning truth of the Indian Society. Sensing that Indian Army is the only government institution, which does not permit caste-based reservations, ‘Court Martial’ presents a mixture of natural and legal justice, which is not only the truth of the Indian Army, but that of the whole Indian Society. That, despite all his qualifications, an individual is traumatised because of his low-caste origins is not merely social violence, but a crime against humanity. The monotony of the long court-trial was pre-empted by the seasoned performance of the Asmita artistes. This Asmita-presentation has proved to be a soothing experience, after many years, for Swadesh Deepak who created a countrywide flutter through this play. "Excellent acting, live and memorable…..worth visit.- Ajeet Rai (Nav Bharat Times)

for details pls call - 9899650509,Shilpi Marwaha-9540656537,Viren Basoya-9911013630,Shiv Chauhan-9958793683, Rahul Khanna-9711188856,Suraj Singh-9999692525

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Rajesh Kumar's "Ambedkar aur Gandhi" on 7th November at Sri Ram Centre

Rajesh Kumar's play
Ambedkar aur Gandhi
on 7th November at 6.30pm
at Sri Ram Centre,Safdar Hashmi Marg,Mandi House
as a part of Bhilwara Natya Purashkar festival.
Entry by Invitation. Cards available at Venue. for details pls call- 09899650509,Shilpi Marwaha- 9540656537
Shiv Chauhan-9958793683,Suraj Singh-9999692525

ACTORS- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Bajrang Bali Singh, M.K.Gandhi - Viren Basoya, Rama Bai- Shilpi Marwaha, Saurabh Pal, Malay Garg, Devdas Gandhi -Pankaj Raj Yadav, Sardar Patel -Shiv Chauhan, Sarojini Naidu -Disha Arora, Annie Besant -Smriti Vij /Pooja Pradaan, Malviya -Pankaj Datta, Mahadev Bhai -Suraj Singh, CHORUS - Pankaj Raj Yadav,Shilpi Marwaha,Rahul Khanna,Kakoli Gaur,Saveree Gaur,Himanshu Maggu,Shiv Chauhan,Disha Arora,Devesh Nigam,Palak Bhutani,Suraj Singh,Pankaj Datta,Anish Kumar,Ketan Kalra,Narender Thakur,Himanshu Katara,Dipesh Mohlay,Manu Chowdhay,Rahul Dhir,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Abhay Malhotra,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Sandilyay,Amit Mishra,Vallari Shrivastva,Vrinda Vedi...
Credits-
Poems- Avataar Singh Paash (पाश ),Shankar Shailendra ,Bhupen Hazarika,Bob Dylan
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur
with musicians - Sandy , Anil Mishra & Mohit Sharma
Group Incharge ; Viren Basoya
Production : Pankaj Raj Yadav & Shiv
Asmita Theatre- Celebrating 18th year of theatre movementFor Details pls call- 9911013630 ,9540656537,9899650509
asmitatheatre@gmail.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

Court Martial on 24th at Kamani audi at 7.30pm


Deepak Ochani,Viren Basoya & Bajrang Bali Singh

Swadesh Deepak's
Court Martial
on 24th at Kamani auditorium at 7.30pm
directed by Arvind Gaur
About The play -
When respect is denied to a man for the only reason that he is borne by 'low-caste' parents, the offence cannot simply be termed as a social violence. It assumes larger proportions of crime against humanity and society at large. Yet by the turn in situation the murderer becomes a winner whereas the victim is unforgiving.The culprit may receive severe punishment at the hands of the law but, in fact, it is the society which is put in the docks. Court Martial, written by Swadesh Deepak, is a story of recruit Ram Chander who is tried for murdering one of his officers and injuring another. The Court Martial is presided by a war veteran. Col Surat Singh who has witnessed many 'life –and –death' situation. But this trial puts him in a queer position, so far unknown to him, and during the course of interrogation he realize that the issues at stake are much larger than what meets the eye. Realizing that the Indian army is the only government agency in which reservation on caste basis is not permissible. Court Martial presents a combination of legal and poetic justice.

"Not Just a Play: ‘Court Martial’ is not just a play written by Swadesh Deepak, directed by Arvind Gaur & enacted by Asmita-artistes. It is a burning truth of the Indian Society. Sensing that Indian Army is the only government institution, which does not permit caste-based reservations, ‘Court Martial’ presents a mixture of natural and legal justice, which is not only the truth of the Indian Army, but that of the whole Indian Society. That, despite all his qualifications, an individual is traumatised because of his low-caste origins is not merely social violence, but a crime against humanity. The monotony of the long court-trial was pre-empted by the seasoned performance of the Asmita artistes. This Asmita-presentation has proved to be a soothing experience, after many years, for Swadesh Deepak who created a countrywide flutter through this play. " Excellent acting, live and memorable…..worth visit. - Ajeet Rai (Nav Bharat Times)

Acts of kindness article by Srijit Ghosh, Hindustan Times

Viren Basoya in Ek Mamooli Aadmi directed by Arvind Gaur
Sixty-three artistes. Five plays. Four directors. Quite possibly the largest theatre event in the Capital this fall, and the most benevolent. Who’s Life Is It Anyway, a drama festival held in the city every year, begins today. The event is hosted by Hungry Heart, an NGO founded by renowned
theatrists Sohaila Kapur, Smita Bharti and Monica Bhasin. This year, the foundation hopes to aid another NGO, HelpAge India, in raising funds for victims affected by the flash floods in Leh. “They need our help and attention,” reiterates Arvind Gaur, director of the play, Ek Mamooli Aadmi. “So, the proceeds from the show will go towards their rehabilitation.”
The theatre festival will showcase the works of some of the most respected names in the field of theatre, and more. “It is not only aimed at promoting theatre, but also filmmaking and the visual arts, thus empowering creative professionals to turn their visions into reality,” says Smita Bharti, one of the organisers.
And the acts will be anything but long and boring, assure those behind the initiative. “The fest is all about cutting edge, innovative and experimental theatre, along with commercially successful, but profound, laugh riots that will breathe excitement into performances and audiences in a short time period,” Bharti stresses.
The five plays to be featured during the festival cover a variety of issues — from casteism and the plight of a helpless woman in society to a simple, honest tribute to a city and the complexities of human emotions. “Each play hopes to put forward a social message ... They speak about conflict and resolution,” explains Bharti.
Interestingly, every play uses a unique style to convey its message to the audience, whether it involves humour, solemnity, irony or sarcasm. Theatre veterans are pleased. “The interplay of diverse styles to cover exigent issues and the conviction with which these messages are expressed are bound to attract a large audiences,” feels theatre personality Lushin Dubey.
Venue: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg.
What’s playing when
21st October — 45” 35” 55”, 7.30pm
22nd October — Mahim Junction, 7.30pm
23rd October — Untitled, 7.
214th October — Ek Mamooli Aadmi, @
3.30pm; Court Martial, 7pm

Ashok Lal's -Ek Mamooli Aadmi directed by Arvind Gaur on 24th Oct at 3.30pm at Kamani Audi.

Shilpi Marwaha, Bajrang Bali Singh & Viren Basoya

Ashok Lal's
Ek Mamooli Aadmi
on 24th Oct. 3:30pm at Kamani Auditorium,Copernicous Marg , Mandi House
(as a part of Hungry Heart Festival)
Actors- Viren Basoya,Shilpi Marwaha,Bajrang Bali Singh,Pooja Pradaan,Malya Garg,Smriti vij,Vrinda Vedi,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Saurab Pal,Disha Arora,Himansu Maggu ,Shiv Chauhan,Devesh,Palak,Suraj Singh,Rahul Khanna,Kakoli Gaur,Himansu Katara,Vallri Srivastava,Gaurav Mishra,Pankaj,Saveree Gaur,Anish Kumar,Vartika Tiwar,Ketan Kalra,rahul dhe...er,Narendra Thakur,Manu Chaudhary,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay Malhotra...

*'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is one more milestone in Asmita's engaging repertoire of meaningful theatre. -Nikhat Kazmi (Times of India)
*Meaningful production.. .Another feather in the cap of a young director Arvind Gaur.
-Kavita Nagpal (H T)
*'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is an excellent play with a lot of humou , lot of life's reality -Smita Nirula (Pioneer)
*The play is built around the protagonist Umesh's curiosity to find out why Brahmins had refused to participate in his father's 'tehrvi' ... production is excellent... innovative...-Romesh Chander (Hindu)
*Written by Ashok Lal and directed by Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़), the play is a deeply moving description of the travails of a middle-aged clerk who knows of his impending death. Reserved, reclusive and politically correct Ishwar Chand, decides to do some unusual things before dying. The acts are not a result of angst or deeds of rebellion, Ishwar just wants to savour another life, paint a new picture of himself for his own viewing. His escape from reality is a challenge to that very reality. Death becomes a motivation for pleasure; he wants to please others happy, and make others fulfilled - Indian Expres


Theatre Festival at Kamani Auditorium 21st to 24th Oct

Bajrang Bali Singh & Viren Basoya

"Whose Life is it Anyway”. 21st to 24th Oct 2010
Festival directors- Sohaila Kapur, Arvind Gaur,Lushin Dubey and Smita Bharti.
21st October — 45” 35” 55”, 7.30pm
22nd October — Mahim Junction, 7.30pm
23rd October — Untitled, 7.30pm
24th October — AShok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi, 3.30pm,
— Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial, 7.30pm
Common initiative by the Helpage India, Sakshi, Cathaayatra Lakshya Foundation,
Asmita theatre & Theatre world in aid of Leh victims.
Tickets available at Venue.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Common Man Theatre Festival 11th to 26th Sept


Common man Theatre Festival
Asmita Theatre Group presents Common Man Theatre Festival from 11th September to 26th September 2010 at various venues of Delhi. This includes proscenium as well as street performances on socio political issues related to common man.Common Man Theatre Festival’s premier show is Ramkali starring well known Personality Mallika Sarabhai directed by veteran theatre activist Arvind Gaur.This festival is showcasing well known Indian and International playwright’s works like Mahesh Dattani, Swadesh Deepak, Dario Fo, Bertolt Brecht, Ashok Lal, Munshi Premchand, G P Deshpande, Harsh Mander.
These Plays are contemporary, socio-political and raise the voice of common man Thereby addressing their issues. The festival is unique and different in its nature.Some of the milestone productions of Indian theatre will be part of this festival like Court Martial, Ramkali, final solution, ek mamooli aadmi. The most popular plays among Indian audience.Street plays are a major part of this festival. Theatre actors are going to present many street plays in this festival raising current issues related to common man. Dilemma of street vendors, crises of domestic help are the major concern of our street shows
11th to 26th Sept. at Sri ram centre, India Habitat Centre, Muktadhara & Alliance Francaise
Opening with " Ramkali " staring Mallika Sarabhai on 11th & 12th Sept at Sri Ram Centre, 7pm.
Other Plays -Ek Mamooli Aadmi,Final Solutions,Court Martial,Raaste,Unsuni, Operation Three Star,Mote Ram etc.
17th Sept- " Unsuni "at Muktadhara,Gole Market at 7pm.
19th Sept -Mahesh Dattani's " Final Solutions "at 3.30pm & Ashok Lal's" Ek Mamooli Aadmi "at 7 pm at Sri ram Centre, Mandi House
24th Sept- " Mote Ram ka Satyagrha "Based on Munsi Premchand's story
at 7.3opm at India Habitat Centre, Amphi theatre.
25th Sept-GP Despande's " Raaste " at 3.30pm & Swadesh Deepak's " Court Martial "at 7pm at Sri ram Centre.
26th Sept- Dario Fo's " Operation Three Star " based on accidental death of an anarchist at 7pm at Alliance Francaise
All plays directed by Arvind Gaur

For details pls contact-9711188856, 9999692525,9540656537 ,9958793683,9899650509 asmitatheatre@gmail.com

Play " Ramkali " starring Mallika Sarabhai at SRC directed by Arvind Gaur on 11th nd 12 th Sept


Ramkali
11th & 12 th Sept at Sri Ram Centre, Mandi House,New Delhi at 7pm
Ramkali is the adaptation of Bertolt Brecht 's play - The Good Person of Szechwan ,directed by Arvind Gaur staring Mallika Sarabhai as Ramkali
and adapted in hindi by Amitabh Srivastava, lyrics by Piyush Mishra ,Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur
Actors
Mallika Sarabhai with Viren Basoya,Shilpi Marwaha,Yadavan Chandran,Revanta Sarabhai,Nisarg Trivedi,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Sonal Solanki,Jignesh Patel,Manoj,Raj sharma,Druma Mehta,Pooja, Pappan,Rajesh,Anahit sarabhai,Mani ,Palan,Jayan, Saji, Palani, Heman ,Charmy ,hinal ,Saurab Pal,Malay Garg,Rahul Khanna, Shiv chauhan, himansu Maggu, Devesh Nigam, Aneesh, Palak...
Presentedby Darpana academy,Asmita Theatre
About play Ramkali
It raises core issues facing today’s world, of greed versus common good, of the value of right and wrong, of the pressures society puts on people which drive them to committing wrongs to keep up with expectations, the exploitation of goodness and of good people by an aspiring society, and the question of equating theft and wrong doing out of need with that done out of greed. Brecht used theatre to raise issues, as does Darpana and Asmita Theatre Group, Arvind Gaur’s company based in Delhi. Brecht, like Arvind Gaur and Mallika Sarabhai, believed in entertaining people with theatrics and songs to keep them engaged but watchful, planting seeds of doubt to shake complacency.
Contact-
Shilpi Marwaha for details-9540656537, 09899650509
FOR ADVANCE BOOKING OF RAMKALI PLS MSG-''TICKETS '' TO 9711188856

Friday, August 20, 2010

Harsh Mander's UNSUNI Script Mallika Sarabhai at Jeevika Festival at IHC on 27th August 2010



Asmita theatre presents -"UNSUNI "
based on Harsh Mander’s book Unheard Voices
Script by Mallika Sarabhai & directed by Arvind Gaur
on 27 August 2010 at India Habitat centre, Lodhi Road at 7.30pm
as a part of Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentray Festival 2010
Centre for Civil Society (CCS)
Unsuni - Unsuni is a socially relevant and politically deep script by Mallika Sarabhai, based on the Novel "Unheard Voices" by Harsh Mander. In a Society where the success of a handful makes bigger news than the misery of millions, a s...et of 5 monologues dares to speak out for the mute, the desolate, the chronically ignored... a woefully unloved India, full of People but starved of life.Unsuni lifts the veil around harsh realities faced by the diversity afflicted people of our country. Street urchins abandoned by society to fend for themselves in the face of adversity; tribal people forced to surrender their honour to repacious land grabbers; scavengers and lepers who have never known the meaning of human dignity are some specific problems addressed by the play. The volatile nature of religious politics coupled with an incompetent judicial structure is also portrayed with grave honesty.
In the depiction of all these causes is a common underlying plea for us to open our eyes to the bigger picture, to share that human worth which we for ourselves claim as a right, but deprive others of without justification.The play overall is an intense reminder of horrors towards which we voluntarily turn a deaf ear. It does not aim to downplay the success of those who do make it to the top, but is a call to the privileged to consider those who deserve equal rights, but lack equal opportunity

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Play on Street Vendors , Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival, 27-29 August 2010

Street play on Street Vendors by Jeevika Street Play Troupe
under the guidence of Arvind Gaur of Asmita Theatre.
This group would tour across DU colleges during August highlighting livelihood issues of street vendors and perform during the Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival,
27-29 August 2010 at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Actors-Vallari,Sumedh Sachdev,Palak,Shilpi Marwaha,Shiv Chauhan,Vaibhav,Pankaj,Vartika Tiwari,Abhay,Pankaj Datta,Aj Parikh,Vasu,Pradip Awasti,Pretesh manas,Sarika,Rahul Sharma, mohit Sharma,priyanka,Abhishek Pandey,Manoj Yadav,Tarun...
16th August - SRC, Mandi House at 6.20pm
19th August at 10 -12.30pm - VISHWAVIDYALA METRO, ARTS FACULTY , NORTH CAMPUS
16th -28 th August 2010 at DU colleges,SRC , IHC,Delhi Haat and Other venues
About the play-
Millions of street vendors in India are without any rights and treated as a nuisance.Street vendors don’t only contribute significantly to the economy, but more than half the urban population is dependent on them. Our street vendors, all 10 million or more of them, are part of the colour of India. They provide the magical allure, the sights, the smells and the sounds that have inspired zillions of foreign writers to India.Yet, ...though all of us Indians, rich and poor alike, make use of them every day of our lives, we take them for granted. Worse, we treat them like dirt. Across the world, street vendors have been part of the marketplace since time began. In the West, bureaucratic, soul-searing legislation has gradually squeezed all spontaneous, innovative, creative solutions off the streets. Now, a chestnut seller on a winter morning is special, a whiff of the past.Some papers have reported that street vendors pay 10-20% of their earnings as such fees. The existing laws to support the rights of street vendors are weak.
The harassment by various authorities, local bodies and departments, and the exploitative fees paid in bribes to those who exploit the loopholes in the system, leads them to destitution. This, in its worst form, takes the shape of eviction and a complete loss of working capital. Instead, regularising their activities in a manner that gives opportunities for relocation would be a better option.The government uses double standards in handling street vendors. Only when all the players involved enter into a meaningful dialogue – from civic authorities to shopkeepers, residents’ associations and vendors – can we resolve the problem in a just and equitable, mutually sustainable way.Otherwise we will continue to marginalise and victimise our vendors through cleanliness drives, violent clashes and populist rhetoric, as is the current practice.
Contact-
Shilpi Marwaha- 9540656537
Shiv Chauhan-9958793683S

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ramkali starring Mallika Sarabhai at SRC by Arvind Gaur on 14 to 16 Aug.







Ramkali
Adaptation of Bertolt Brecht 's play - The Good Person of Szechwan
directed by Arvind Gaur
starring Mallika Sarabhai as Ramkali

Adapted in hindi by Amitabh Srivastava
lyrics by Piyush Mishra
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur

on 14 , 15 & 16 th August at 7 pm 2010
at Sri ram Centre,Safdar Hashmi Marg Mandi House, New Delhi.

Actors -Mallika Sarabhai ,Viren Basoya, Revanta Sarabhai,Shilpi Marwaha,Yadavan Chandran ,Nisarg Trivedi, Anahita Sarabhai, Raj sharma,Pankaj Raj Yadav, Sonal Solanki,Jignesh Patel,Malay Garg,Druma Mehta,Pooja, Pappan,Rajesh , Jayan , Saji, Plani ,Manoj ,Heman ,Charmy , Hinal ,Mani ,Palan, Saurab Pal
About play Ramkali-
It raises core issues facing today’s world, of greed versus common good, of the value of right and wrong, of the pressures society puts on people which drive them to committing wrongs to keep up with expectations, the exploitation of goodness and of good people by an aspiring society, and the question of equating theft and wrong doing out of need with that done out of greed. Brecht used theatre to raise issues, as does Darpana and Asmita Theatre Group, Arvind Gaur’s company based in Delhi. Brecht, like Arvind Gaur and Mallika Sarabhai, believed in entertaining people with theatrics and songs to keep them engaged but watchful, planting seeds of doubt to shake complacency.
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It is said that between the battle of wrong and right, it is truth that wins,
yet ladies and gentlemen, the truth in this play is yet to be discovered…
so if you think it has been some time since you’ve done a good deed,
think again… maybe not.
May be we all have been Ramkali,
doing “the right thing’ in the wrong place or vice versa !
Still having second thoughts?
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Tickets available at Venue - Rs.200/,100/, 50/
Contact-9540656537, 09899650509
asmitatheatre@gmail.com

Friday, May 7, 2010

Asmita Summer Theatre Festival 15 May -11 July 2010


Asmita Summer Theatre Festival 15 May -11 July 2010

• Rajesh Kumar’s “Ambedkar aur Gandhi”
on 15th may 2010 7pm
Sri Ram Center, Mandi House, New Delhi

• Mohan Rakesh’s “Lehron ke Rajhans”
on 16th may 2010 7pm
Sri Ram Center, Mandi House, New Delhi

• Ashok Lal’s “Ek Mamooli Aadmi”
on 22 & 23 may 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

• Dario Fo’s “Operation Three Star”
based on ‘An accidental death of an anarchist’
on 29 & 30 may 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

• Mahesh Dattani's “Final Solutions”
on 5th & 6th june 2010 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

• Swadesh Deepak's “Court Martial”
on 12th & 13th june 2010 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

• Harsh Mandar’s “Unsuni” that has been scripted by Mallika Sarabhai
on 19th & 20th june 2010, 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

*27th June - Ashok Lal’s “Ek Mamooli Aadmi”a 7pm
Sri Ram Center, Mandi House, New Delhi

*3rd July -Mahesh Dattani's “Final Solutions”
7:30pm at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

*4th July -Swadesh Deepak's “Court Martial”
at 7:30pm at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road

*10th & 11th July - G P Deshpande's Raste at SRC- new play

All plays Directed by Arvind Gaur.

Contacts-
9911013630 (Viren Basoya),9540656537 (Shilpi Marwaha),9555558812 (Pankaj Yadav),9899650509

Swadesh Deepak's “Court Martial directed by Arvind Gaur on 12th & 13th june 2010


Asmita Summer Theatre Festival 15 May -11 July 2010

Swadesh Deepak's “Court Martial
directed by Arvind Gaur
on 12th & 13th june 2010 7:30pm
at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

When respect is denied to a man for the only reason that he is borne by 'low-caste' parents, the offence cannot simply be termed as a social violence. It assumes larger proportions of crime against humanity and society at large. Yet by the turn in situation the murderer becomes a winner whereas the victim is unforgiving.The culprit may receive severe punishment at the hands of the law but, in fact, it is the society which is put in the docks. Court Martial, written by Swadesh Deepak, is a story of recruit Ram Chander who is tried for murdering one of his officers and injuring another.
The Court Martial is presided by a war veteran. Col Surat Singh who has witnessed many 'life –and –death' situation. But this trial puts him in a queer position, so far unknown to him, and during the course of interrogation he realize that the issues at stake are much larger than what meets the eye. Realizing that the Indian army is the only government agency in which reservation on caste basis is not permissible. Court Martial presents a combination of legal and poetic justice.

"Not Just a Play: ‘Court Martial’ is not just a play written by Swadesh Deepak, directed by Arvind Gaur & enacted by Asmita-artistes. It is a burning truth of the Indian Society. Sensing that Indian Army is the only government institution, which does not permit caste-based reservations, ‘Court Martial’ presents a mixture of natural and legal justice, which is not only the truth of the Indian Army, but that of the whole Indian Society. That, despite all his qualifications, an individual is traumatised because of his low-caste origins is not merely social violence, but a crime against humanity. The monotony of the long court-trial was pre-empted by the seasoned performance of the Asmita artistes. This Asmita-presentation has proved to be a soothing experience, after many years, for Swadesh Deepak who created a countrywide flutter through this play. "
Excellent acting, live and memorable…..worth visit.
- Ajeet Rai (Nav Bharat Times)
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Dario fo's Operation Three Star on 29th & 30th May at IHC directed By Arvind Gaur


Asmita Summer theatre Festival 2010
Dario Fo’s Comic- Satire "Operation Three Star"
on 29th 30th May at 7.30pm at India Habitat Centre.
(Hindi adaptation of Accidental Death of an Anarchist)
Adaptation in Hindi by Amitabh Srivastava,
Lyrics -Piyush Mishra
directed by Arvind Gaur
Actors - Viren Basoya,Shilpi Marwaha, Malay Garg, Saurab Pal,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Bajrang Bali Singh
Reviews -Today when newspaper headlines are screaming about police atrocities, operation three star becomes a compelling study on the anatomy of violence...taut, energetic and embellished with a compelling performance by actors,OTS becomes a noteworthy addition to Asmita's repertoire… Imaginative methodology, which is reflected in,plays Tughlaq, Court-Martial and O.T.S
- Nikhat Kazmi (Times of India )

Very relevant and timely...the play comes down hard on police brutality, inefficiency & connivance .
- Smita Nirula (Pioneer)

Gaur updated the script with contemporary references of police Violence, bhagalpur, rape in police custody, killing of two innocent Businessmen in C.P
- Kavita Nagpal (Hindustan Times)

Arvind Gaur's direction has acquired a noticeable tautness...the tempo was well maintained and changes of scene effected smoothly...Thought provoking. The group sang, danced and soft peddled and Impressed the
full house.
-Saroj Vashist (Delhi Monday)

Competent direction...powerful performance...one more achievement by Arvind Gau and his team Asmita.
- Amit Kumar (Rashtriya Sahara)

About The Play

Grounded in a very specific, disturbing political reality the Operation Three Star (Adaptaion of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist ) offers a scathing comment the real events which are criminal and obscene in their brutality: Crimes of the state .
With his seemingly insane logic the maniac is instrumental in unmasking the criminal folly of the law enforcing agency in its attempts to cover up heinous action. He persistently ridicules the police's shaky case and forces them to re-enact the situation in that led to the 'suicide' of a 'terrorist' under their custody.
Subsequently, they contradict themselves to dismantle the whole issue of half-truths and non-sequiturs. An escalating series of impersonations and misunderstandings extend a particular viewpoint.
The jerk from comic gags to a fuller awareness of serious issue becomes a potent device as the crude violence of the power-that-be is recognized.

Ticket-Rs 50
Contacts-9911013630 (Viren Basoya),9540656537 (Shilpi Marwaha),9555558812 (Pankaj Yadav),9899650509

asmitatheatre@gmail.com
http://sites.google.com/site/asmitatheatre/dario-fo-s--ots

Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi on 22nd & 23 rd May at IHC directed By Arvind Gaur


Asmita Summer Theatre Festival 15 May -11 July 2010
Ashok Lal's -Ek Mamooli Aadmi directed by Arvind Gaur
Music by Dr. Sangeeta Gaur
on 22 nd & 23nd May at 7.30pm
at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

Actors-Viren Basoya (Ishwar Chand Awasthi, the protagonist), Shilpi Marwaha, Bajrang Bali Singh,Pooja Pradaan, Malya Garg,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Saurab Pal,Arvind Kesari,Disha Arora,Kakoli Gaur, Wreicha,Saveree Gaur,Himansu Maggu ,Shiv Chauhan,Devesh,Palak ,Suraj Singh,Rahul Khanna ,Pankaj,rahul dheer,Anish Kumar,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Himansu Katara,Manu Chaudhary,Arvind Keshari,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Satya,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay,Tarun,Ankit Jain.


'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is one more milestone in Asmita's engaging repertoire of meaningful theatre.
-Nikhat Kazmi (Times of India)

Meaningful production.. .Another feather in the cap of a young director Arvind Gaur.
-Kavita Nagpal (H T)

'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' is an excellent play with a lot of humou , lot of life's reality
-Smita Nirula (Pioneer)

The play is built around the protagonist Umesh's curiosity to find out why Brahmins had refused to participate in his father's 'tehrvi' ... production is excellent... innovative...
-Romesh Chander (Hindu)

Written by Ashok Lal and directed by Arvind Gaur (अरविन्द गौड़), the play is a deeply moving description of the travails of a middle-aged clerk who knows of his impending death. Reserved, reclusive and politically correct Ishwar Chand, decides to do some unusual things before dying. The acts are not a result of angst or deeds of rebellion, Ishwar just wants to savour another life, paint a new picture of himself for his own viewing. His escape from reality is a challenge to that very reality. Death becomes a motivation for pleasure; he wants to please others, see others happy, and make others fulfilled
- Indian Express
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About the play
'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' underlines those features of an urban middle class setting which make the yearning for real happiness an agonizing experience. The play also accentuates the contours of a system in which even biological relations are bound to breed loneliness and family becomes fatal to an individual.
Ishwar Chand Awasthi, the protagonist, is to die soon and this fact makes him realise that it was not life that he led so far, it was death, unnoticed and unannounced. The perception of this death animates him and he turns to be the source of others' happiness- an extraordinary asset to life and society.
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Director's Note
For Asmita Theatre, a new production has always been a part of a process – a fresh chance to react within ourselves and our society, to explore new dimensions in theatre – our choice of socially relevant themes being an extension of this goal. 'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' started off as an exercise to explore ways of using time and space to convey the underlying theme.
During this process we discovered various aspects of our society as it stands today, under the shadow of a consumerist culture, where the base of many a relationship is superficial and the individual is often left with a feeling of loneliness and existential angst- yet often indifferent and unwilling to make a change.
As this play exposes the political and social attitudes and priorities of our society on a smaller canvas such as that of the family and workplace, my actors were involved in an intensive process of looking at their immediate world both inner and outer, with a fresh perspective.
Many a moment in 'Ek Mamooli Aadmi' rose out of much debate and discussion. I hope that this play makes relevant and positive contribution – as t has to us and puts forth a fresh set of questions that we may ask of our society and ourselves

Actors-
Viren Basoya (Ishwar Chand Awasthi, the protagonist), Shilpi Marwaha, Bajrang Bali Singh, Malya Garg,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Saurab Pal,Wreicha Sharma,Md Waseem,Arvind Kesari,Disha Arora,Kakoli Gaur, Saveree Gaur,Himansu Maggu ,Shiv Chauhan,Devesh,Palak ,Suraj Singh,Rahul Khanna ,Pankaj,rahul dheer,Anish Kumar,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Himansu Katara,Manu Chaudhary,Arvind Keshari,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Satya,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay,Tarun,Ankit Jain.
Tickets-Rs 50
Details pls call- 9911013630 ,9540656537,9899650509
asmitatheatre@gmail.com
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mohan Rakesh's Lehron ke Rajhans directed By Arvind Gaur on 16th May at SRC


ASMITA SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL 2010
Mohan Rakesh's" Leheron Ke Raj Hans" (लहरों के राजहंस)
directed by Arvind Gaur
16th May,2010 at 7pm ,
Sri Ram Centre,Safdar Hashmi Marg,Mandi House

Actors- Viren Basoya,Shilpi Marwaha, Pooja Pradaan, Pankaj Raj Yadav, Malay Garg,Shiv chauhan, Disha Arora, Saurab Pal,Vrinda Vedi
For Details pls call -9911013630 ,9540656537,9899650509,
asmitatheatre@gmail.com
Tickets -Rs-200/, 100/ ,50/
"Leheron Ke Raj Hans' (मोहन राकेश का नाटक - लहरों के राजहंस )The Swans of the Waves),based on ancient Buddhist tale of love, conflict ,inner struggle and renunciation.'Leheron Ke Raj Hans' is the most noted play of Mohan Rakesh, an ancient Buddhist tale on the renunciation of the Buddha, and its after affects on his close family, was first written as short story and later turned it into a radio play for Radio and broadcast under the title "Sundri", though his struggle over different versions of the play lasted for nearly 20 years, before creating his masterpiece.

Review By Sushil Chandra -
When a piece of literature is made into a film or a play, what is the yardstick of success? This has been an eternal question and many masters have fallen by wayside in this attempt. A filmmaker of Gurudatt’s caliber has failed to capture the essence of ‘Saheb Bibi Gulam’. In my view only two filmmakers have succeeded in the attempt_ Bimal Roy in ‘Devdas’ and Ray in ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’. My own yardstick is simple-whether the play or film is a simply a visual translation or it has been able to add additional depth, additional meaning or additional nuances to the original piece.
Watching Arvind Gaur’s rendering of ‘Lahron Ke Rajhans’ by Mohan Rakesh, I was looking for these additional chunks of depth, meaning or nuances and was positively surprised. The dark and unexplored recesses of human relationships have been brought alive with such stunning clarity; it leaves the viewer completely naked in front of the mirror. Though the storyline is timed in ancient Buddhist era, when Buddha returns to Kapilvastu after attaining Nirvana, the conflicts of various selves of men and women and the conflict of these conflicts with the external environment is eternal and probably more relevant in modern times and so the play is about modern people in modern times.
Coming to the original question, is this conflict of conflicts an added nuance not realized at the level of the book? The question can really be answered only by watching the play live. The complex conundrum of insecurity, narcissism, snobbery and paranoia portrayed by Sundari is rather difficult to grasp at the level of script without watching Shilpi Marwaha portraying it. Similarly the turbulence and the conflict of being torn between contradictory pulls and pressures felt by Nand can be realized only by watching Viren Basoya portraying it.
This was the third play by Arvind Gaur, which I have watched (after ‘Ansuni’ and ‘Ambedkar Aur Gandhi’) and I found both continuity and change in his style and technique. I have notice a tendency to use music and poetry to amplify the effect and the passion of an activist, which predictably was absent in this play as probably he saw no scope for them in this play. I feel, any musical or poetic interlude would have diluted the intensity of emotional interplay. In fact the play has been so tightly scripted by Rakesh, not a word can be added or removed. Where I could sense the continuity of style is the imaginative simplicity of stage layouting. In fact, while reading the play it is difficult to visualize that space can be used with such simplicity. I particularly find this simplistic use of stage space, the strongest point in Arvind’s plays. Probably the skill sets of street theatre are playing a major role here.
But, unquestionably, the aspect which adds depth to the play is the display of multidimensional pathos by Shilpi and Viren. At the risk of being personal, I must say, it is difficult to imagine actors at such young age, displaying such a deep understanding of human psyche.
Mohan Rakesh has been my favorite playwright, and this play has been least talked about compared to ‘Ashadh Ka Ek Din’ and ‘Adhe Adhure’. But I find it most fascinating because of its non judgmental study of human relationships. Fortunately, this presentation has been able to capture the complexity with amazing simplicity. This duality of simplicity and complexity is the hallmark of Arvind’s stagecraft.
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Special thanks to- Smt.Anita Rakesh
and Dept of Buddhist Studies, University Of Delhi

Rajesh Kumar's Ambedkar Aur Gandhi on 15th May at SRC Directed by Arvind Gaur


ASMITA SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL 2010
Asmita Theatre presents Rajesh Kumar's
"Ambedkar AUR Gandhi"
directed by Arvind Gaur
on 15th May 2010 at Sri Ram Centre,Mandi House

Actors- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar - Bajrang Bali Singh,M.K.Gandhi - Viren Basoya,Rama Bai- Shilpi Marwaha,Gayakwad -Raj Sharma,Devrao Nayak -Saurabh Pal,Kedarkar- Malay Garg,Devdas Gandhi -Pankaj Raj Yadav,Patel -Shiv Chauhan,Annie Besant -Pooja Pradaan,Malviya -Pankaj Datta,Mahadev Bhai -Surj Singh,Sarojini Naidu -Disha Arora, Mahar-Saveree Gaur, Kakoli Gaur,Brahmin: Palak Bhutani,Temple Priest: Rahul Khanna
Chorus - Pankaj Raj Yadav,Shilpi Marwaha,Kakoli Gaur,Saveree Gaur,Himanshu Maggu,Irfan Khan,Shiv Chauhan,Vallari Shrivastva,Vrinda Vedi,Disha Arora,Wreicha Sharma,Shashank Sharma,Rahul Khanna,Devesh Nigam,Palak Bhutani,Suraj Singh,Pankaj Datta,Tanmay Prasad,Shalini Rai,Anish Kumar,Md. Waseem,Arvind Keshari,Tosham Aacharya,Pooja Pradaan,Ketan Kalra,Narender Thakur,Himanshu Katara,Dipesh Mohlay,Manu Chowdhay,Rahul Rai,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Abhay,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Ankit Jain,Pankaj Sandilya,Niraj,Ajay,Amit Kr. Mishra...
Credits-
Poems- Avataar Singh Paash (पाश ),Shankar Shailendra ,Bhupen Hazarika,Bob Dylan
Music by Dr.Sangeeta Gaur with musicians - Sandy , Anil Mishra & Mohit Sharma
Group Incharge ; Viren Basoya,Production : Raj Sharma and Pankaj Raj Yadav
Asmita Theatre- Celebrating 18th year of theatre movement

Tickets at Rs.200, Rs.100 & Rs.50
For tickets & Details pls call- 9911013630 ,9540656537,9899650509
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Street Play "Nanhe Munne Bachche" directed by Arvind Gaur

Asmita Theatre Group in association with Aroh Foundation presents
Street Play “Nanhe Munne Bachche” directed by Arvind Gaur at Jantar Mantar
on 1st May,2010 at 5.00pm
About the play “Nanhe Munne Bachche “-
The play focuses on the need to give equal rights to street children. Basic rights to study, to play and live their childhood. Do we want to give our children tools to work or a kalam (pen) in their hands thereby making them the responsible citizens of a progressive nation?
The little ‘workforce of chhotus’ is found in every sector and industry, doing all sorts of menial jobs. Belonging to abysmally poor families, these children struggle to bring home a few pennies. They start their day early on an empty stomach and may or may not get a stomach fill at the end of the hard day’s work
While the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, came into force on the 1st of April 2010, is being hailed as historic by the educated world, these children and their parents are oblivious of any such development which might change their lives for better. The parents are poor migrants who do not have enough earnings to sustain the family. Each person must be a working hand if he has to live and survive. Besides, the documents, resident proofs and affidavits needed for school admission are not available.
Taking children out of this pathetic situation is easier said than done. They contribute, however little, to their parent's income. Older children sometimes ‘make’ up to 50 rupees, which is about as much as adults. In India, where many people don't even earn the minimum wage, every rupee is invaluable.
And thus we as socially responsible theatre actors are taking a step forward towards this goal through the medium of relevant theatre. So join us in this social initiative and be the change you want to see as we believe that if we all do this together, we will definitely succeed.
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ACTORS - Viren Basoya, Shilpi Marwaha .Pankaj Raj Yadav, Malay Garg, Shiv Chauhan, Disha Arora,Saurabh Pal,Rahul Khanna, Himansu Maggo,Palak Bhutani,Anish Kumar,Devesh Nigam,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Suraj Singh,Himansu Katara,Manu Chaudhary,Arvind Keshari,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Satya,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay,Tarun.
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Special thanks to Aroh Foundation & Smile Foundation
For Details Contact -9540656537,9958793683,9911013630,9899650509
asmitatheatre@gmail.com

"GARBAGE" Street Play directed by Arvind Gaur from 19 April to 24 April


Street Play "Garbage " by Asmita Theatre Group
from 19 April,2010 to 24 April,2010
at New Friends Colony Community Centre.

The play focuses on the need for basic civic sense in our country.
Civic sense is nothing but social ethics. It is belief in hygiene, respect for other members of society, and human behaviour. It is consideration by the people for the unspoken norms of society. A lot of people assume that civic sense is just about keeping the roads, streets and public property clean. But civic sense is more than that; it has to do with law-abiding, respect for fellow men and maintaining decorum in public places.

Civic sense, or rather the lack of it, is a topic that has been widely discussed and argued in India. Somehow, most Indians do not care much for civic sense. And this attitude is prevalent across all sections of society. We people today are so driven towards our personal goals that civic sense as an ethic has become a low priority, almost a nuisance for us. We don’t realise that this sort of attitude is not going to harm anyone else but “US” only. Civic sense has dropped to an all-time low in recent years, as is rather obvious from the current state of society.

Being inconsiderate towards fellow society members will only come right back at us. We have to be social, mature and unbiased when it comes to situations in public. The current state of public transport, for example, is disheartening. And we have no one to blame but “ourselves” for this condition. There are spit marks, urine, vulgar graffiti, random garbage and overflowing sewers at every nook and corner of India. NO city in this country has managed to fight the menace. It is easy to pin everything on the government, but people must first question themselves and their own civic sense. Roads are not dirty because nobody cleaned it, but because somebody dirtied it in the first place.

Using 'everybody does it' and ‘what difference can I alone make’ is an excuse and only an excuse. The action has to start from US only. If every individual does his or her own bit, he or she can definitely make a huge difference and can lead to change. India has really diverse people and the need of the hour is general civic sense.

And thus we as socially responsible theatre actors are taking a step forward towards this goal through the medium of relevant theatre. So join us in this social initiative and be the change you want to see as we believe that if we all do this together, we will definitely succeed.
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ACTORS
Shiv Chauhan, Disha Arora,Saurab Pal,Rahul Khanna, Himansu Maggu,Palak Bhutani,,Pankaj Raj Yadav,Anish Kumar,Devesh Nigam,Ketan Kalra,Narendra Thakur,Suraj Singh,Himansu Katara,Manu Chaudhary,Arvind Keshari,Pankaj Shandilya,Dipesh Mohlay,Satya,Manoj Yadav,Sachin Saxena,Nitish,Gaurav Mishra,Tarun,Pankaj Datta,Abhay,Tarun,Ankit Jain,Pooja Pradaan, Shilpi Marwaha,

About- DOR- Duties Over Rights
a group of students and young professionals who believe in our responsibilities as citizens of the nation. We believe that together, we can be a part of the change that we want to see. Our mission is to instill a better moral and civic sense in the minds of our people, to be able to emerge as a united society working towards the good of the nation.

Keeping the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in mind, our first project is ‘United for Commonwealth’ which will focus on the cleanliness of the state through which we aspire to achieve our stated mission. We endeavor to do this by involving maximum participation with the cooperation of individuals and the support of government authorities and other private institutions.