Gurgaon’s theatre milieu: 50 plays in 25 weeks
Gurgaon, your theatre fix is here! Rang Laatu, a neighbourhood theatre festival weaving diverse communities of Gurgaon, into one cultural fabric, is here with 50 days (25 weekends) of theatre shows. An initiative of Search Years, an NGO working in the realm of art and culture and Gurgaon Theatre Group, this unique neighbourhood theatre fiesta for the first time in Gurgaon, will be on until April 30, 2018, at the Kalasthali Amphitheatre, Gurgaon.
The plays that are staged at the festival include Kharashein by Gulzar, which is a collage of three Gulzar’s literary creations on stage, Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in Human Blood Stream by James Alan Gardner, directed by Shena Gamat among others. Various theatre groups will perform short plays including Do Bahanein by Munshi Premchand, Andhon ka Hathi written by Sharad Joshi.
Ashutosh Shelat, NGO’s co-founder, says, “This theatre fest is inspired by Bengaluru’s Ranga Shankara, which believes in the idea — a play a day. And today, after years of hard work, this festival has come to a stage where the best of global theatre happens. And now, like Mandi House, Gurgaon’s Kalasthali will also feature in the theatre map of India.” Chemical engineer, Manu Kaushal,who is acting in Kharashein, says, “This is an attempt to bring theatre lovers at a spot. We hope people will enjoy as much we do performing.”
Ajay Kumar, 18-year-old student, from College of Arts (DU), who is performing in a play titled Andhon Ka Haathi, says, “The play is a hardhitting satire on politicians, and I play one of the blind people.”
Theatre festival Rang Laatu is being held at Kalasthali Amphitheatre, Gurgaon. It will stage 50 plays over a period of six months
A still from the play Andhon Ka Haathi
A still from the play Ande Ke Chhilke