Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai Kendra, Mylapore is organising a multi-lingual theatre festival for five days from July 10 to 14. Daily at 6.30 p.m. and open to all.
The line up for this festival is of plays in four South Indian languages -Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu and a play in English. Each troupe has a professional set of performers who come with a wealth of experience and it will be a real experience for the viewers, says a note from Bhavan.
The festival starts with an English play by Theatre Nisha titled “Binnu” which is a collection of seven stories from Part II of Apradhini: Women Without Men by ‘Shivani’ Gaura Pant. These are real life stories of women whom the author encounters in her life from childhood to adulthood. Concept and direction is by. V Balakrishnan.
On the second day, Komal Theatre’s Draupathi’ is being staged. This is presented in a poetic form through music, dance and drama. The play is scripted and directed by Dharini Komal.
The Malayalam musical dance drama ‘Chandaala Bhikshuki’, a Khandkaavya by mahakavi Kumaran Asan, is scheduled for the third day ( July 12). Twenty artistes and 20 dancers are performing in this unique production. Direction is by Abhilash Parameswaran.
Kaniveya Haadu is a Kannada play by Natana Theatre and will be staged on the fourth day. This is a story with South African background. Dr. Shripad Bhat has conceived and directed the play.
The festival concludes on July 14 with a Telugu play by Natarang Theatre, titled Bhootha Gaanam. It is adapted from a poem written by Govindan Nair and is said to be a magical folklore. Directed by Kranthi Kumar.