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‘People like me exist outside the education system for a reason’: Theatre director Hina Siddiqui

Hina Siddiqui has been working with young learners and teachers since 2008, and is focussing on training people to work with children in various economic and social contexts. “Drama is my key methodology whether I am teaching performing arts, life skills, English, history or gender studies,” she says.

Matter of Life and Death

Presented by the Bengali theatre group Dhumketu, the play is riddled with statistics. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, India has the sixth-highest female suicide death rates in the world; and more than one lakh people have committed suicide every year, over the last decade.

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Theatre director Chanakya Vyas on Algorithms, a play that delves into the lives of cab drivers in an app-based industry

Chankya Vyas, artistic director of Bengaluru-based theatre company Indian Ensemble, is a chatty passenger when he is travelling by cabs. A couple of years of drawing life stories out of cab drivers, Vyas realised that he was staring at a potential play on a subject that was hidden in plain sight.

When family matters

A play presents age-old truths on relationships in a tradition-defying way

Connecting the Dots

Theatre director and playwright Atamjit Singh, who recently received the Punjab Gaurav Sanmaan, on reaching new audiences through his translated plays and creating a stage for newer dialogue.

Director Abhilash Pillai on exploring the mind of an artist in Blindside

Abhilash Pillai’s experiments have ranged from the brilliant Midnight’s Children to the middling Talatum: The Circus to the insipid Lorem Ipsum. Now, the Delhi-based director and final year students of the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi are presenting Blindside, based on Sreemoyee Piu Kundu’s novel called Cut.

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The Show Goes On

Playwright Rahul Seth on writing about survivors of violence, returning to the stage after 30 years in corporate America, and his new theatre company.

Toil and Trouble

Fire burns and cauldron bubbles as theatre director K Madavane takes up his second Shakespearean work, Macbeth.

Stories on Two Wheels

Theatre on Bikes, an initiative by a Haryana group, Abhinay Rangmanch, is travelling 6,500 km performing plays in cities and villages

There are no places to train actors: Ratna Pathak Shah

"I don’t think the magic of theatre will ever be available on the mobile phone. The act of theatre is that you’re there in a space with performers. It is this communal engagement that is magical and that is the power of being together," said Sanjna Kapoor.

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Romania's Roma culture seeks stage through feminist theatre company Giuvlipen

Giuvlipen tells stories of Roma culture, trying to show it as "alive, contemporary, vanguardist, progressive," said Mihaela Dragan, who, along with her colleague created "Gadjo Dildo", a cabaret-like performance inspired by real stories about the sexism and racism Roma women are often subject to in Romania.

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Inter-university youth festival in Ludhiana strengthens cultural bond

Ludhiana,Jan 22 (ANI): Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana comes alive with the lively performances by students from North India. "Goonj-2016", the four-day long 31st Inter-University North Zone Youth Festival was organised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Some 1200 students from universities across North India participated in 26 events including folk and classical music, mimicry, theatre, quiz and literary activities. The best performers will represent the north zone in a national level youth festival to be held in Mysore city in Karnataka.

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