RangSutra Festival of Performing Arts



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Country and Region IndiaAndhra Pradesh
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Madhapur, Andhra Pradesh, India
Festival Contact Information

Vinay Varma, Director
Sutradhar,
3-6-145/9/1/1, Himayatnagar,
Hyderabad - 500 029 India
Phone: +9198480 52541
Email: vinay@sutradharactors.com

Festival Description

The RangSutra Festival of Performing Arts at NIFT Auditorium, Madhapur, Hyderabad. The festival organizers include: Rangadhara, Sutradhar, and Cisne For Arts. Rangadhara is perhaps is the oldest surviving active theater group in Hyderabad, with over 103 plays and more than 550 performances all over India. Sutradhar is the first Hyderabad based theater group which is also a Casting House, Production Company and Voice & Acting School, all rolled into one http://www.sutradharactors.com. Cisne For Arts is an artiste and event consultancy based out of Hyderabad which organizes events not only to entertain but also create awareness of our rich cultural heritage.

Festival Dates March 1 - 4, 2012
Festival Links

http://www.sutradharactors.com

Festival Story:

Rangadhara, SUTRADHAR and Cisne For Arts present RangSutra — Rangadhara is perhaps is the oldest surviving active theater group in Hyderabad, with over 103 plays and more than 550 performances all over India. Sutradhar is the first Hyderabad based theater group which is also a Casting House, Production Company and Voice & Acting School, all rolled into one: http://www.sutradharactors.com. Cisne For arts is an artiste and event consultancy based out of Hyderabad which organizes events not only to entertain but also create awareness of our rich cultural heritage.

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Festival Events:

Programming 2012:
  • Thursday, March 1, 2012
    • Ghalib - A Musical Play: Pierrot’s Troupe, New Delhi — 7:30pm
      This play is all about an intriguing man named Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib - a master yet a rundown poet, a privileged yet pitiable elite, an extravagant yet a poor noble, a devout yet a self effacing lover, an irreverent yet a pious husband; and a self-seeking yet an altruistic person. This is what one comes across while watching the 70 year old Ghalib (Tom Alter) narrating the memoirs of his life to his first biographer Maulana Altaf Hussein Hali. The play is the latest production of Pierrot’s Troupe - the theater company credited with re-discovering the genre of ‘bio (graphical) drama’: Maulana Azad, K.L.Saigal, Begum Akhtar, Ghalib in New Delhi etc. Premiered in Aug 2008, the play has 47 shows to its credit.
      Language: Urdu
      Script and Direction: Dr. M. Sayeed Alam
      On Stage – Tom Alter, Vijay Gupta, Anil George, Hareesh Chhabra, Nida Sayeed and 16 others.
      Duration - 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Friday, March 2, 2012
    • Mohenjo-daro: Bigbang Theatres, Mumbai — 7:30pm
      A historical play. A story of love in the face of war. A clash of civilizations. The story begins when a group of Aryans, headed by Indra attack Mohenjodaro. But they have to face defeat at the hands of Akshat, the chief of the army from Mohenjodaro. Akshat is in love with the head of Mohenjodaro, Kuraav’s daughter, Sugandha. But then he learns that she loves his biggest enemy Indra. The story now takes unexpected turns & twists. A saga never told before in the history of histories.
      Language: Hindi
      Director - Kulvinder Bakshish.
      Written & Co-produced by: Akashaditya Lama
      Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Saturday, March 3, 2012
    • Flute Recital - Jayaprada Ramamurthy & Group — 11:00am
      ‘VIVARTA - the reincarnation’ is a unique theme which brings out the countless shades of the echoing wind that voyages through the bamboo. Vivarta depicts the various manifestations of a Raaga that reincarnates with every improvised phrase of music. Jayaprada is currently the only female flute artiste representing the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. For her experimentations on the bamboo, she was awarded the National Award for Excellence in Fine Arts, at New Delhi.  She has also been honoured with the prestigious records in Flute, such as the Global World Record, Unique World Record, National Record.
      Duration: See below.
    • Sufi Kathak - Mangala Bhatt, Hyderabad — 7:30pm
      Kathak performance based on Kabir’s poetry by internationally renowned Kathak exponent Mangala Bhatt.
      Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (total for both performances above).
    • Main Krishna Krishn Ki: Avitoko, Chennai
      A solo performance based on the relationship between Krishn & Draupadi. Deeply in love with Krishn, Draupadi expresses her wish to marry him. Krishn cannot marry her. He explains that they have been sent on earth bound by the duties of Dharma. According to what has been decided for her, she will get married to Arjun - third of the Pandav brothers. Accepting the ways of destiny, she is married to all the Pandava brothers and subjected to misgivings thereafter. She holds her friendship with Krishn in high esteem and often turns to him to seek advice and help. The monologue is in Draupadi’s voice as Krishna, who has repeatedly questioned decisions made for her in which she has no say. She also represents the women today who are often faced with similar situations. Her quest for freedom & individuality compels her to negate standards and protocols set for women by society & instead make her own path.
      Language: Hindi.
      Direction & Music - Bombay Kannan.
      Enacted by: Vibha Rani
    • Mitra: Ramaa Bharadwaj, Bangalore
      A solo Bharat Natyam dance-dedication to friendship, is a presentation in the Ekaharya style of one performer in multiple roles with an original soundscape recorded professionally in a studio in Chennai. It begins with “Mitranjali”, a specially created invocation celebrating friendship with Earth and environment, and expands into “Mitra-Katha”, a dance-story on friendship based on a moving episode from “Srimad Bhagavatam” – one of the 18 illustrious mythological texts of India. It has woven together lyrics in 5 languages, Sanskrit, Avadhi, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamizh by 7 poets - Vyasa, Vallabacharya, Ramapurathu Warrier, Oothukkadu Venkata Subbaiyer, Narrottamdas, Surdas and Paramacharya of Kanchi.
      Language: Sanskrit, Avadhi, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil.
      Duration: 60 minutes.
  • Sunday, March 4, 2012
    • Gadha Ya Aadmi - Ek Prahasan (Puppetry Performance): Gombemane Puppet House, Dharwad — 11:00am
      A washer man does not have children, but his ass is both a servant and a son to him. Convinced by the argument of a scholarly Maulvi that it is possible to turn an ass into a man, the washer man surrenders the ass along with some money to the Maulvi. After six months the washer man goes with his wife to see the Maulvi with great hope. The Maulvi tells them that their son now has become a “Qazi” in the city of Varanasi. The washer man with his wife rushes to the city. Has the ass become a judge? How does the judge treat his parents? What kind of lesson do they learn from the man – ass or the ass - man? The dramatized version of the story is performed with leather puppets.
      Language: Hindi.
      Director / Puppet Concept: Dr. Prakash Garud.
      Duration: 50 minutes.
    • The Untouched: Sutradhar, Hyderabad — 7:30pm
      The play portrays the two polarities in its two completely different characters - Julie, a crippled young girl with an unyielding zest for life and all its passions, and a novitiate who is preparing herself for the religious and regulated life of the nunnery, who declares that she is to be married to Lord Jesus. Through their dialogues and shared experiences, we encounter the constant battle that rages within most of us.
      Director:  Prof. Bhaskar Shewalkar.
      Translated by: Vinay Varma.
      Language: Hindi & English.
      Duration: 1 hour.

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