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ALL work through PLAY

Prithvi Theatre had reserved the whole of last week for literature.

Prithvi Theatre had reserved the whole of last week for literature.

FOR Rekha Bhardwaj,the thrill of performing live at Prithvi Theatre for the first time,came with a challenge. The singer,wife of ace filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, performed without a mike on recently. That means,ensuring the high quality of sound at the intimate theatre space rested entirely on her. That,however,was a minor worry compared to the joy of singing Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s ghazals composed by Vishal.

The show — Gulon Mein Rang Bharo,a tribute to the great poet on his birth centenary — juxtaposed reading of letters exchanged between Faiz and his wife Alys with Rekha’s rendition of his poems. It was a dream come true for the singer in many ways. “After a gap,I returned to singing ghazals. I was also on harmonium while the accompanists were on tabla and sarangi,” says the singer. Though Vishal composed five songs for the show,the plan was to add three more to this collection and eventually release it as an album.

This show was part of Essay Communication’s festival of plays, based on poetry and other literary works. As a result, the spotlight was on lyricist Gulzar and writer Javed Siddiqui too. The group,which turned 10,started the festival with compilation of four one-act plays by Siddiqui called Chaurangi-4 Ekanki. It also premiered his Mulla Re Mulla that relives the humour and philosophy of Mulla Nasruddin. The festival also brought back Attanniyaan—Of Mumbai Mahanagar which is a collage of poems and stories about the city written by Gulzar from his experiences living here for the last five decades. And the celebrated lyricist returned to the stage with Yaar Julahe,an hour-long reading session of Rabindranath Tagore poems.