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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Aug 13-17: Special Plays @ Rangashankara 
(Tickets for all plays except 1, Madhav Bagh are available at Ranga Shankara and For 1, Madhav Bagh, tickets will be sold 20 mins before each show (25 tickets per show)


The details of four special plays to be staged at Ranga Shankara from Aug 13th to 17th are enclosed.

The Suit and Nagamandala, directed by Neelam Mansingh

Contemporary Indian theatre has a few proud ambassadors. Neelam Mansingh Chowdhary is counted among the top of them. Born and raised in the UK, Neelam studied in National School of Drama, New Delhi and has been running a theatre company of her own called "The Company" from Chandigarh.
Apart from being invited to all the major festivals in India, Neelam is in the forefront of Indian theatre artistes whose work is invited abroad to much praise and awe. She is a regular on the international theatre festival circuit and even in countries like Japan where acceptance and appreciation are difficult and rare.
Her plays have won praise for combining western classical writing with a performance style grounded in Punjabi aesthetics by incorporating music, ritualistic elements and images that endeavour to communicate as strongly as words. Her Nagamandala is considered to be one of Girish Karnad's masterpieces and Neelam Mansingh's Nagamandala is regarded as the best production of the play.

The Whale, by Concrete Temple Theater, New York

Adapted by Renee Philippi and Carlo Adinolfi and directed by Renee Philippi, The Whale tells the tale of Captain Ahab and his maniacal pursuit of the ever-elusive White Whale.

1, Madhav Baug -- presented under Ranga Shankara's "Other Voices"

Chetan Datar's "1 Madhav Baug" is an intimate rendition of a mother about her son, performed by Revathi Menon. The acclaimed actor-director from Chennai made her debut in theatre with this piece and has travelled with it to the Jaipur Literary Festival and Hyderabad as well. "1 Madhav Baug" is directed by Mariam Jetpurwala. The translation is by Shanta Gokhale.

See you at RS then!

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