New Delhi, 3RD Feb 2020: Second day of 21st Bharat Rang Mahotsav started with a list of questions buried deep in hearts of young and bright students of National School of Drama. Veteran actor Amol Palekar shared his experience-based journey while every eye and ear in the room belonged to him. The day was lightened up with eminent performances like Garba dance and Phaag. dance.

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The audience was abuzz and sitting tight in their seats before time awaiting the man of the hour and Director of Kusur, Amol Palekar accompanied by his wife Sandhya Gokhale. Audience was quietened and every ear waited for him to address. He started with his witty self and opened the dais to questions. He elaborated on themes of his life, his theatre and interest in art.

“Theatre thrives on dialogue, even if it is a monologue.” When asked about the difference in the realist and naturalist and drama he said “why does one look for differences in naturalism there can be a small amount of drama and all arts are linked to one and other.” He also stressed the importance of sound design by saying, “I find this element really fascinating, I still remember this one pause I took in a play that I could hear the ticking of the watch of my co-actor, the rapid beating of my heart and the silence that the audience was trying to retain.” He also talked about what he as an actor brings to the table, “I as an actor bring the importance of silence and holding that moment of silence. Also, I try to convince the audience that what my character is doing at this moment on stage is what actually my character is supposed to do.”

Today’s Play

Anahuta: Directed by Sima Mukhopadhyay, it is a story of an ex-army man, who has now become an entrepreneur, is living a contented life with his wife Sujata Goswami and son Debopam Goswami, when one afternoon all of a sudden, there appears a stranger and intruding into their house claims to be the real Nirupam Goswami, who had fought as a Major in the Dras Sector, 237 battalion, during the Kargil War. (Shri Ram Centre, 5:30 P.M)

Veer Babruvahan (Dashavatar): Directed by Tushar Sonu Naik, Veer Babruvahan is a story of the king of Manipur, Babruvahana, who takes in his custody the horse of the Pandavas which they had sent as symbol of their supremacy over all the kings. (Open Lawn, 6:00 P.M)

Mahua Ke Paani (Nacha): Directed by Poonam Tiwari, this play is to encourage the audience to help in getting rid of the increasing dilemmas in the society, and build a clean and beautiful nation. It also urges those who are in the grip of an addiction, to give up the bad habit/s so that one’s health, family future generation, and the society does not have to pay for one’s folly. (Kamani, 7:00 P.M)

Mondays Are Best for Flying Out of Windows: Directed by Rajiv Krishnan, this is the world of Daniil Kharms. Chaotic, absurd, sometimes frightening, often incomplete. And you find that the only rational response is to laugh. The worse it gets, the more you laugh. Kharms is the master of dark laughter. It’s so ridiculous, so absurd, it can’t be true, right? Right?