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High honour for Shyamanand Jalan

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NEW DELHI: The National School of Drama has invited Padatik from Kolkata to pay homage to its founder-director Shyamanand Jalan at the ongoing Bharat Rang Mahotsav at Kamani Auditorium here this Thursday.

Synonymous with varied and experimental plays, Jalan (1934-2010) came up with notable productions in the last two decades of his life. There was a critical re-visitation of “Lahron ke Rajhans” 41 years after he brought it on stage. His production “Chhapte Chhapte” was among the first few of its kind in the country.

According to Padatik secretary Dr. Jayasri Mitra, excerpts from five plays of the late theatre veteran will be staged. “We will showcase at least one representative work from each decade of the Padatik years. Barring ‘Madhavi', which was one of his last works and therefore easier to recreate, the other plays required us to dig into our collective memories and recapture the spirit of the original productions. In between the staged excerpts are projected glimpses of his other directorial works and of Shyamanand the actor,” says Dr. Mitra.

“Madhavi” is about a courtesan who eagerly waits for her man. Madhavi prepares to receive him every evening but to no avail. Evolving from researches, workshops and rehearsals, “Ramkatha Ramkahani” incorporates the essence of the Indian storytelling traditions and sensibilities of Kathak.

“Adhey Adhurey” describes the socio-economic situation of a middle class family which is caught in the web of financial setbacks.

Playwright Vijay Tendulkar's “Panchi Aise Aate Hain” is the story of a wanderer who walks into the life of a family which is eager to get its unattractive daughter married.

“Sakharam Binder” revolves round the life of a middle class man who does not believe in love, trust, support in a man-woman relationship, but sees the relationship as only a contract of give-and-take for the fulfilment of mutual needs.

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