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Khamoshiyan and unspeakable pain of riots

DNAHM28165 | 2/3/2010 | Author : Tuli Banerjee | WC :376

The 90-minute play, a collage of works by Gulzar will be staged at Natarani on Saturday, February 6

After the successful second innings of Nru 2.0 — a three-day theatre-arts festival in 2009, the Acktor's Theatre is back with its play Khamoshiyan as a part of the ongoing 'Festival of non-violence through arts' at Natarani in Darpana Academy. The concluding day of the festival, February 6, will feature 'Khamoshiyan', a play based on the scars suffered from riots — a collage of Gulzar's literary creations on stage.
The stories and poems are linked by the fact that all are set against the backdrop of riots. One of the stories is titled 'Raavi Paar' and is set against the chaos and trauma of partition and a family's disintegration in the process. 'Khauff', the second story of the play is about fear and its impact on the psyche of a normal man who suffers from anxiety. These two plays are interwoven with selections from Gulzar's poetry, some of which have been written specially for this play. The 90-minute show has been directed by Abhinay Banker.
"Khamoshiyan had initially been staged with the title 'Kharashein' at several places in 2009. Owing to the tremendous response we are back with the play, but with a lot of modifications. Earlier the play was of 70 minutes, while this time it is 90 minutes long. Apart from having more musical performances. We have drastically increased the number of actors. Previously we had around 14 people acting in 'Kharashein' while this play has 35 of actors in it," says Abhinay Banker, the founder and artistic director, actor and playwright of Acktor's Theatre.
"The best part of 'Acktor's Theatre' is that it has not just seasoned theatre actors, it provides an opportunity to young aspiring actors to perform on the stage with them," says Ekta Bhagwat, one of the actors in the play.
February 6 also marks the completion of one year of 'Acktor's Theatre', a group of theatre artists, mostly graduates or students of performing arts in theatre, and artists from various places. "We have formed the group with young artists of Gujarat, with an attempt to encourage experimental, untried and non-commercial theatre which no longer exists," says Banker. "The spotlight is on changing a totally misunderstood and 'so called' definition of theatre and regenerating the disappearing real untried theatre in Gujarat," he adds.

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