Top Bollywood actors for Guwahati theatre festival

Prominent film and theatre personalities like Shabana Azmi, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranveer Shorey and Arundhati Nag will feature in five acclaimed world class plays to be staged in the second edition of the Guwahati Theatre Festival, to be held at Pragjyoti ITA centre at Machkhowa from November 1 to 5.

By ALI FAUZ HASSAN in Guwahati
  • Published 21.10.17
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Shabana Azmi

Guwahati: Prominent film and theatre personalities like Shabana Azmi, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Ranveer Shorey and Arundhati Nag will feature in five acclaimed world class plays to be staged in the second edition of the Guwahati Theatre Festival, to be held at Pragjyoti ITA centre at Machkhowa from November 1 to 5.

The festival will open with Quasar Thakore Padamsee's Mother Courage and Her Children, featuring veteran artiste Arundhati Nag and others. Girish Karnad's Broken Images, featuring Shabana Azmi and directed by Alyquee Padamsee, will be the highlight of the second day. Two plays from Shakespeare, What's Done is Done based on Macbeth and Piya Behrupia, an Indianised version of Twelfth Night, will be staged by two different leading production houses from Mumbai. Gentleman's Club, a take on legendary actor Shammi Kapoor's colourful life, is also on the agenda.

An added feature of this edition of the festival will be performances by various college-based theatre groups from the city who have been shortlisted after a round of nominations and auditions. These plays will be staged concurrently at a different venue.

 Rajat Kapoor

Festival director and head of department of English at Gauhati University, Asha Kuthari Chaudhuri, said, "In the last edition of the festival, I curated plays with feminist theme. This time the focus is on literary plays. We have included Piya Behrupia featuring Rajat Kapoor and produced by Company Theatre. What's Done Is Done is an interpretation of Macbeth by clowns and will feature Ranveer Shorey in the lead role of Macbeth. The key play is Karnad's Broken Images, a solo act by Shabana Azmi. Gentleman's Club is an entertaining play with fun elements like cross-dressing. All the plays will be performed by actors who have travelled the world performing theatre. Our aim is to increase footfall by staging world-class plays. We want to create an environment for watching theatre."

The festival will also include two drama workshops for school students by Alyque Padamsee.

"The theatre culture is very rich in the state. Though there are limited facilities for staging plays in the state, we can find plays being staged every day in one part of the state or another. In this festival we have tried to bring in acclaimed plays. A play like Piya Behrupia has been staged 400 times. The plays should benefit the audience," said Swapnil Bharali, editor of the hosts, Gplus.

The second Life In The Theatre Award will be given posthumously to prominent theatre personality of the state Arun Sarma.