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“Whose life is it anyway?”: The four-day festival by theatre veterans will begin at Delhi's Kamani Auditorium today.
NEW DELHI: It is barely a little over two months since flash floods in Leh claimed many lives and rendered many more homeless, but it already seems to be a forgotten story.
Now, to generate funds for the victims of the tragedy, a four-day theatre festival is being hosted by Hungry Heart Festival at Kamani Auditorium here from this Thursday.
Theatre veterans Sohaila Kapur, Lushin Dubey, Smita Bharti and Arvind Gaur will direct and enact five dramatic plays that question the control one has over one's own life. The theme of the festival is: “Whose life is it anyway?”
Director Smita Bharti says: “Look at the Leh-Ladakh disaster, did one have any control over it? How much control one has over one's own life? The plays being staged in the festival look at this very aspect. Through comedy or intense drama they look at how external circumstances affect one's life and how one has to work one's way through each challenge.”
The mega theatre festival is being organised to support HelpAge India, a humanitarian and development organisation working for senior citizens. Through its mobile health vans it is providing treatment to victims in flood-affected villages and relief camps.
Pointing out that winter is fast approaching the hilly region of Leh, Kapil Kaul of HelpAge India says the need of the hour is to tackle the huge task of taking care of the victims. “The theatre festival is a small but definite step in helping the victims. A part of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go towards our work in Leh to help the victims. Before this festival, HelpAge and Hungry Heart had joined hands during the time of the Bihar floods.”
The roads to Leh might be shut over the next few months but HelpAge India is optimistic that people's hearts will remain open and the spirit of charity will continue, says its spokesperson.
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