Life is the greatest storyteller. So discovered 21 actors (in the picture) in a recent theatre workshop by Niresh Kumar,a final-year student of National School of Drama,Delhi. Apart from focusing on acting,stage,body movements and lighting,the workshop got the actors to share aspects of their lives. Supported by Alankar Theatre,this resulted in a Natak Ka Naam Kyu Rakhe,a play encompassing 16 stories depicting various shades of life. All the stories come from the personal lives of the actors. Varied emotions,situations,challenges and issues resulted in a rainbow which gives the production a unique quality, explains Kumar.
An hour-long production,says Kumar,was emotionally exhausting as they all scripted 16 stories and tried to balance love and hate,agony and ecstasy,pain and peace,joy and sorrow. One of the stories depicts the life of an artist,who despite the opposition of her family,marries the man of her choice. Ten years and two children later,the man walks out on her,pronouncing how art is a waste of time and energy. Another one is of a young performer,who makes it to the top 10 in a popular television show,but has to return before the winning round as his personal life is in a tough situation. There are issues of female foeticide,women empowerment and the ugly side of glamour,among others. The actors talk to people via these stories, adds Chakresh Kumar of Alankar Theatre. The play will open this month in Chandigarh and will then travel to Delhi.