From old-world values to a look at the First War of Indian Independence to a critique of womens abuse in the country,disparate concerns feature in the theatre festival TFT Summer Theatre Festival. The three-day festival that begins on July 28 is by the group Theatre for Theatre (TFT),which is dedicated to highlighting folk and modern plays. Our aim is to encourage theatre activities and other performing arts for the cause of social upliftment, says Sudesh Sharma of TFT. The group organises three theatre festivals in the city,in which artistes from across the country showcase their productions.
The latest festival begins with the Punjabi play,Baldey Tibbey,on the importance of zar,zoru,zameen and other values. The serious and emotional storyline has been written by Balwant Gargi and directed by Sudesh Sharma.
The second day of the festival will be Veer Raja Naahar Singh,written by Ashok Lal. A Hindi play set in the Ballabhgarh district of Haryana,it depicts the life and rise of Raja Naahar Singh and his role in the 1857 Indian War of Independence.
The curtain comes down with Din,a production that turns attention to the increasing cases of rape and molestation of women. The play ends with a strong message,and we hope the audience will identify with it, says Sharma,who has directed the play.
The festival will be held at Tagore Theatre from July 28-30,7 pm.