17 April 2017| 9:00 PM: “The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people, are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in life. The liar is someone who keeps losing sight of these possibilities,” said Adrianne Rich.
In the Audi-I at the Convention Centre where JNU’s Annual Theatre Festival, ‘Rang Bayar’ is being held, the audience over the week has been enraptured by a host of spectacular performances one after another.
The Theatre Festival organized by JNU Drama Club entered its sixth day of staging plays. Sehar’s Abhinav Sabyasachi directed a play written in the 60’s by Lalit Sehgal – ‘Hatya Ek Aakaar Ki’- resounding with the above lines. It was a telling of Gandhi’s varied experiments with the truth during the freedom struggle and the circumstances in which he was almost forced to call off the movement, even when the much-desired independence seemed within sight.
In the year 2012, Sehar brought its production ‘Launda Badnam Hua’ and ‘Haan Main Savitri Bai Phule’, ‘Khwahishein’ in 2013, followed by ‘Bahut Raat Ho Chali Hai’ in the year 2015, to the varsity. We may also recollect another play staged at PSR OAT in the year 2011, Anton Chekov’s ‘Three sisters’.
The Delhi-based theater group’s stage play was about a trial that takes place in a makeshift court, embroiled in the forces of Hindu Nationalism. The play attempted a critical examination of Gandhi’s actions during the freedom movement through a mock trial, the faction defending its ideology and in the end squarely validating its reasons for killing ‘Mahatma’ amidst the presence of so many, at the Birla Mandir in Delhi.
Tight grip over dialogue delivery by Milind Tyagi and a punch of humour added now and then by Nitesh Dixit left the audience spellbound. While the dynamism to the adaptation was provided by the intense portrayal of the characters by Shishu Chandam and Akanksha Bansal.
At the end of the program, we were left craving for more, and hopefully, it gets satiated by some more theater performances in the oncoming days. The next performance is brought to us by Bolly Grad with their ‘Government Inspector’.
The views expressed are personal. Jennifer works for the Informer.