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Since 1st March, 1999
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The Spirit of Anne Frank

Fleeing the Nazi regime in Germany in 1933, a young Jewish girl, Anne Frank, arrived with her family in Amsterdam. On the eve of her 11th birthday, the Germans invaded The Netherlands. The Frank family had to go into hiding. During the time, engulfed in a claustrophobic state of mind, Anne began to write a diary. Through her writings, Anne emerges as an intensely gifted young girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. The play, directed by Roysten Abel, seeks to explore the Dutch experience within the Indian multi-cultural society. It subtly weaves in issues of social and ethnic discrimination and religious intolerance. As five women a tarot card reader, Ann Kapoor (Shabana Azmi), a textile designer, Anamika (Nandita Das), a history teacher Mrs Chandramukhi (Zohra Sehgal), a Hindustani classical music student Purbani (Mandakini Goswami) and an Australian dancer-choreographer, Analise (Anastacia Flewin) travel in a train, the journey becomes more perilous. An exchange of pleasantries leads to unravelling of stories of love and betrayal, of truth and lies. Gradually, they connect and bond, but discover a danger lurks nearby, threatening their lives. Presented by the Royal Netherlands Embassy, ABN-Amro and Spandan.

When: Today at 7 pm

Where: Vidya Mandir

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