Delhi-based theatre group,Asmita,is celebrating its 20th anniversary by revisiting its past hits. This includes a play that is being revived after three years Raaste,by eminent Marathi playwright GP Deshpande,which draws a contrast between those who talk about change and those who create a revolution. The storyline,in keeping with Asmitas stress on plays that infuse ideology with entertainment,switches between three old friends who spend their time debating about social change,and Durga,who joins a revolutionary group,has a daughter out of wedlock and seems perpetually to be on the run. Raaste is among the 16 plays that Asmita will stage as part of the festival,which extends from May 6 to early July at venues such as India Habitat Centre and Shri Ram Centre.
This is almost double the number of plays we usually stage for the annual festival,but then,this is our 20th anniversary year, says Arvind Gaur,director of Asmita,adding that about 150 actors and support staff will participate in the event. The line-up comprises the controversial Ambedkar aur Gandhi (about the relationship full of debates and arguments between the two leaders),Moteram Ka Satyagrah (based in pre-independent India about a Viceroys visit that results in some surprising political,social and religious twists),and Ramkali (based on German playwright Bertolt Brechts The Good Person of Schezwan,in which a young sex worker is advised to be good and do the right thing). Apart from proscenium productions,street plays as well as a theatre workshop are part of the summer calendar here.