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DIRECTORY OF THEATRE GROUPS THAT HAVE PERFORMED IN INDIA -  Table 2       <     >

Rangapeeth

Founded in 1993, and with a strong belief in the need to preserve the various performing art forms, The group has been involved in staging plays and conducting children’s theatre workshops and seminars. Major productions include adaptations of The House of Bernarda Alba and Yerma, Sandhya Chhaya, Cross Purpose and Shantata! Court Chalu Ahe, Hamlet. 

Rangapeeth, Beltola Tiniali, House # 4 (Near Lakhmi Tenthouse), Guwahati 28

Phone: +91 98640 15061

 

 

Rafi Peer Theatre workshop

 Founded by Salman Peerzada in 1974, it is a non-government organization named after one of the most respected figures of modern drama in Pakistan. Over the years it has produced a considerable amount of serious and pioneering work for the progress of dramatic arts, creating inroads into the collective aesthetic psyche of the nation. Led by six working professionals—Faizan, Usman, Saadaan, Imraan, Tasneem and Salman Peerzada—and backed by a team of highly efficient fulltime staff, the group has organized popular International Festivals, working with major international institutions in theatre, puppetry, dance and music to provide a cross cutural experience to audiences in Pakistan and to create harmony between the great cultures of the world. It is the first private company in Pakistan to build its own theatre, The Theatre Complex, which has become the nucleus of a National Theatre.

25 F/3, Block D, National Homes, New Muslim Town, Lahore, Pakistan

Phone: 92 4258 85074 / 75, Email:info@peergroup.com.pk  

Darpan

Founded in 1960 by the late Professor Satyamurty, The Group  established its other units at Delhi, Lucknow, Bhopal, Sitapur, Gorakhpur and Bareilley in the seventies; with Lucknow being the most active in the promotion of Hindi theatre. It sproductions have traveled widely across India with eminent theatre personalities like B V Karanth, M K Raina, Bansi Kaul, Balraj Pundit, Ravi Baswani, Ranjit Kapoor, Tripurari Sharma, directing plays for it. Its Resident Director, Urmil Kumar Thapliyal has been instrumental in reviving the Nautanki through his plays. It repertoire includes a whole range of contemporary classics from India and abroad, viz. Khamosh Adalat Jaari Hai, Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak, Hayvadan, Evam Indrajit, Agni Aur Barkha, Yehoodi Ki Ladki, Andha Yug, Abu Hasan, Baqi Itihas, Juloos, Kanyadaan, Kamla, Roshoman, A View From the Bridge, Crime and Punishment, Yayati, Asadh Ka Ek Din, Lahron Ke Rajhans, etc. Many of Darpan’s members are professional artistes in radio and television, and have been felicitated with UP Sangeet Natak Academy Awards.

 

 

Jana Karaliya

Breaking away from the common accepted norm of theatre groups travelling to the various auditoria in the cities to stage their plays, the Jana Karaliya [lit. ‘Theatre of the People’] has devised a unique mobile theatre unit, which puts up plays in the remote villages of Sri Lanka, making plays accessible to people at the grassroots level. The troupe carries with it a mobile arena theatre (theatre in the round)—with a seating capacity accommodating 500 adults or 800 children—which can be dismantled and put up virtually at any location. The group has also pioneered theatre-in-education and theatre for personality development in their country and consistently organizes workshops for various age groups.

Jana Karaliya, 238A Rajagiriya Road, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka

Phone: 2762 715 / 2872 718 / 077 3175 638, Email: janakaraliya@sltnet.lk

Motley

Established in 1979, the group has been staging masterpieces of world drama, which include Beckett’s Witing for Godot, Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man, Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, Herman Oouk’s The Caine Mutiny, Swadesh Deepak’s Court Martial, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (which Shah co-directed with Vikram Kapadia). This Mumbai-based group has performed widely in several cities all over India. They have also put up productions based on stories of Ismat Chugtai and Manto.

Motley, 204 Sand Pebbles, Perry Cross Road, Bandra West, Mumbai 400 056,

 

Spandana

Founded in 1976, the group, with its innovative productions established its reputation both within India and abroad. Some of the outstanding productions are Lakshapathi Rajana Kathe (which was invited to the International Theatre Festival at Cairo and Youth Experimental Theatre at Tashkent in 1989), Karimayi, Agnipatha, Sirisampige, Chitrapata. One of the focus areas of extensive research undertaken by the group has been documentation and experimentation with the rich and varied folk art forms in and around Karnataka, like Gondaligara Mela, Bhootheya aata. The group has also worked on the various martial arts of India. Its archives house more than three hundred hours of audio and video recordings of folk songs and narratives. Its latest endeavour has been to revive the Gubbi Company’s Dashavatara in order to study the use of traditional professional theatre in a modern perspective, and produce it for the contemporary stage.

#952 Gubbi, 6th Cross, 5th phase, BEML Layout, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore 560 098

Phone + 91 080 2860 2345 / + 94481 19345

Email: spandanablr@dataone.in / spandanablr@gmail.com

Aftaab

Aftaab (lit. ‘Sun’) Theatre was formed in July 2005 by Ariane Mnouchkine as a result of her workshop in Afghanistan. Initially comprising 21 actors, the group has been presenting plays like Romeo and Juliet (dir. Maurice Durozier, 2005), Tars (dir. Mirzawatan Mirova, 2006), Tartuffe (dir. Hélène Cinque, 2006). 

Aftaab Theatre, c/o Nasir Khan Mansoori ,

Mobile: +93-799-300-751.

Email: mansoorim_nasir@hotmail.com

Kalashray

Founded by Jayadev Hattangady, it is a centre for research, education in the arts and honing creative talent, by providing training in all the various elements of theatre including playwriting, acting, direction, and design. Its productions have received rave reviews; Aparajita (with Rohini Hattangady in a solo performance), Wada Bhavani Aicha (Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba) and Marham (an hour-long enacted reading in Hindi of short stories by Agyeya and Mahip Singh) have toured theatre festivals and feature in its live repertoire. The group conducts theatre workshops for physically challenged and abandoned children, and for children in juvenile homes; and has also devised workshops for bridging the divide between the live performing arts and the electronic media.

 

Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius

Although Mauritius had passed from the French to the British the population remained French speaking. The Port Louis Theatre constructed by a French architect, was the venue for staging plays and concerts in French language. For many decades theatre remained an activity to the elite. It was only in 1951, that, with view to bringing theatre to the masses, especially to young people of Mauritius, the Government through the Youth Service launched the Youth Drama Festival in English and French languages. After Independence in 1968, the organization of theatrical activities was taken over by the Ministry of Arts and Culture. It has since then become a recurrent activity extended to other languages mainly Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Creole, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Mandarin. The Youth drama festival was later renamed as the National Drama Festival. With a view to improving the quality of performance of potential actors and directors of one-act plays, the Drama section of the Ministry organizes Regional Drama workshops in 8 different regions of the island and 2 Residential Drama Workshops every year. Drama Clubs have been introduced in many primary schools and also the World Theatre Day is celebrated annually. Professional theatre companies often visit Mauritius from England, France, South Africa, India, Japan. Mauritian Theatre groups have also participated at International level for instance the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, SADC theatre festival, the Ibsen Festival of the Rafi Peer Group in Pakistan, the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre.

Ministry of Arts and Culture, Mauritius

Email: mramjeeawon44@yahoo.com

Plasma

Founded in 2000 by Lukas Bangerter and Wowo Habdank,, the group  sees itself as a laboratory for experimenting with theatrical forms of expression, exploring convergences between theatre, music and fine arts, creating performances with a unique signature: densely layered yet clear and minimalistic; performing all over Europe and Switzerland. The focus of Plasma's work has been an attempt to free language from its sole function of conveying meaning, extending it as acoustic and musical phenomenon. Plasma has received corporate funding from the city of Zurich since 2003.

Plasma, c/o Lukas Bangerter, Landenbergstrasse 24, CH-8037 Zürichhttp://www.plasmaplasma.ch/


, www.ajoka.org.pk 

Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art

It is about two years that it has started its activity as a registered body under the Ministry of Culture and Information and has a formal license from (AISA) Afghanistan Investment Support Agency. It is completely independent and has no political affiliations. Abdul Hakim Hashemi is the General Manager of Simorgh Film and it has 40 permanent and casual members that work in cinema and theatre fields. The group produces short films for teachers and underprivileged children and organizes film festivals. It has produced about 15 short and full length films; documentations on Australian migrants to Afghanistan; and three 30-minute theatre pieces, of which one features in this year’s National Theatre Festival.

Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art (SFACA)

Phone 00 93 79924 0824 / 79708 5402

Email: simorghfilm@gmail.com / simorghfilm_aca@yahoo.com

Rage Productions

Founded in 1992 by Shernaz Patel, Rajit Kapur and Rahul Da Cunha, the primary focus of Rage has been promoting Indian-English plays to a global audience. Their most acclaimed plays include I’m Not Bajirao, Going Solo, Class Of ’84 and Pune Highway, all of which have played to audiences in India, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Dubai. Aside from their own productions, Rage has also designed a training programme for young playwrights called ‘Writers’ Bloc’ in collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre of London. The plays that emerge from this training are staged in Bombay; the second edition of this playwrights’ festival was held in January 2007 featuring forty-eight performances, all premières, of twelve original scripts.

 

140 Andheri Industrial Estate, Off Veera Desai Road, Andheri West, Mumbai 400 053, India. Phone: 91 22 26730116; Fax: 91 22 26730392;

E-mail: letsrage@gmail.com

 

 

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