THIS time of year, the city's budding thespians are all busy scribbling away at scripts, delving into their Shakespeare and generally discovering how all the world's a stage, as they prepare for New Connections: British Council School Drama Festival. This year, marks the event's silver jubilee and for the student-actors of the 16 schools whose scripts have been accepted for the Festival (slated to take place in early August) there's a chance to hone their acting skills with some truly talented persons from the world of theatre. British Council is hosting a theatre workshop from July 21 to August 1 at Padatik for these students. Resource persons who will be conducting the sessions include Jacky o'Harlan and Rebecca Gold from the Royal National Theatre, U.K., Kunal Padhi of Padatik and Ujjal Kar, who will be providing his technical expertise.
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HER recent book, American Muslims, stridently argues the case for greater understanding of Muslims in America; and decries the media for stereotyping this community as terrorists and fundamentalists. Asma Gull Hasan, a graduate of Wellesley and the New York School of Law and practising attorney in San Francisco is an energetic campaigner for the need to correct the public image of Islam created by the western press. The American Centre has organized a digital videoconference with this dynamic and articulate author on July 21, where audience will get a chance to interact with her and learn about the new generation of American Muslims.
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THEATRE group Chetna, in association with Spandan, presents a powerful play "Mercury Seven with Signs Following" on July 26 at Gyan Manch.
The play is to be directed and enacted by talented American actress Sue Ott Rowlands. Divided into two parts - "Middle True" and "Mud Nostalgia" - the play explores certain moments in the lives of two different women.
At once poignant and sharp, shocking and moving, tragic and celebratory, "Mercury Seven..." is a sensitive delving into the hopes, aspirations and realities of being a woman.
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A SHOW that celebrates the rhythms of life itself in all its joyous complexity and vibrancy. That's what Probaho intends to do - a show slated to take place on July 20. Organised by Hritaal, a centre for creative and contemporary dance, the event has been designed as an extravaganza for the senses combining music, lights and choreography. And the list of celebrities from the world of performing arts who are expected to be present on the occasion includes Guru Govindan Kutty, Kalavati Devi and Srikumar Chattopadhyaya.
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