The Delhi Theatre Festival 2023: A Spectacular Celebration of the Performing Arts
The Delhi Theatre Festival 2023 is set to mesmerize audiences with its unparalleled theatrical prowess and exceptional talent. After a three-year hiatus, the fourth edition of India’s highly anticipated theatre extravaganza promises to be an extraordinary celebration of the performing arts.
Scheduled from August 4th to 6th, 2023, the festival will unfold over three remarkable days and will take place at renowned venues such as Siri Fort Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium, OP Jindal Auditorium in New Delhi, and the illustrious Orana Conventions in Gurugram. These cutting-edge venues have been carefully selected to provide attendees with an immersive theatrical experience like no other.
The festival’s impressive lineup features seven captivating plays performed by some of the most eminent theatre luminaries, including Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Piyush Mishra, Lillete Dubey, Shekhar Suman, Vinay Pathak, Shabana Azmi, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, and Kanwaljit Singh. Audiences can expect acclaimed performances and unforgettable experiences as they delve into plays such as “Ismat Apa Ke Naam,” “Dopehri,” “Vodka & No Tonic,” “Ballimaaraan,” “Ek Haan,” “Nothing Like Lear,” and “Kaifi Aur Main.”
Prabhu Tony, COO and Co-Founder of Alchemist Live, envisions the Delhi Theatre Festival as a global platform for theatre enthusiasts. He expresses his pride in establishing a breeding ground for theatre in India and promises an even more diverse and engaging fourth season. Tony’s commitment to expanding the horizons of theatre and nurturing creative talent is evident in the festival’s offerings.
Naseeruddin Shah, a longstanding patron of the festival, acknowledges the festival’s significance in spreading awareness about diverse plays. He expresses his pleasure in participating in the Delhi Theatre Festival for the fourth consecutive year, as the Delhi audience holds a special place in his heart. Pankaj Kapur echoes this sentiment, stating that festivals such as this enrich the audience and provide more opportunities for performers.
From thought-provoking dramas that delve into the depths of the human experience to spellbinding musicals that ignite the senses, each production at the Delhi Theatre Festival 2023 promises to leave a lasting impression on the audience’s soul.
About the Plays:
Ismat Apa Ke Naam – Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Hiba Shah
Enter the enchanting world of Ismat Chughtai, the trailblazing feminist and literary genius, through a captivating solo act. Naseeruddin Shah brings Ismat Apa’s compelling stories to life, captivating audiences with acts like “Gharwali,” “Mughal Bachcha,” and “Chhui Muee.”
Dopehri – Pankaj Kapur
Immerse yourself in the streets of Lucknow as you step into the world of Amma Bi, an elderly woman on a transformative journey. Pankaj Kapur’s novella comes alive on stage, transporting you through the emotions, solitude, and self-discovery of a 65-year-old woman residing in a magnificent haveli.
Vodka & No Tonic – Lillete Dubey, Ira Dubey, Joy Sengupta
Step into the world of “Lockdown Liaisons,” a collection of captivating short stories penned by acclaimed writer Shobhaa De. Join Lillete Dubey on a compelling exploration of the fragility of human relationships within the confines of home.
Ballimaaraan – Piyush Mishra
Embark on a musical journey paying tribute to the legendary poet Mirza Ghalib with Ballimaaraan, a band that blends genres and emotions. Inspired by the lanes of Delhi where Ghalib once resided, experience the fusion of retro and contemporary tunes.
Ek Haan – Shekhar Suman, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi
Transport yourself to the post-Partition era of 1951 and delve into the life and writings of renowned writer Manto. Through the eyes of Kashmiri journalist Wazira, played by Shekhar Suman, explore the enigmatic relationship between Wazira and Manto.
Nothing Like Lear – Vinay Pathak
Vinay Pathak’s spellbinding performance in “Nothing Like Lear” offers a fresh and contemporary take on Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy. Prepare for a riveting experience as Pathak grapples with power, family, and personal demons.
Kaifi Aur Main – Shabana Azmi, Kanwaljit Singh
Immerse yourself in the extraordinary love story of renowned poet Kaifi Azmi and his wife Shaukat Kaifi. Let veteran actors Shabana Azmi and Kanwaljit Singh take you on an immersive journey through Kaifi Azmi’s life, accompanied by soul-stirring performances by Jaswinder Singh and a live orchestra.
With its rich and diverse lineup, the Delhi Theatre Festival 2023 promises an unforgettable experience for all attendees. Be sure to mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate the magic of theatre!
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Shreeja Bhattacharya is a passionate writer with a wide range of interests spanning literature, cinema, art, and more.
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