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Ad, theatre veteran Burjor Patel passes away

In his long career spanning over six decades in the Gujarati theatre and ad world, Birhor had worked with The Statesman of Kolkata and the Khaleej Times of Dubai…reports Asian Lite News.

Veteran advertising and theatre personality Burjor Patel, passed away here on Tuesday, his family announced.

He was 91 and the end came mainly due to old age.

Patel was the husband of the late theatre actress Ruby Patel and father of well-known TV actress Shernaz Patel, son mediaperson Marzban, and another daughter Feeroza.

In his long career spanning over six decades in the Gujarati theatre and ad world, Burjor had worked with The Statesman of Kolkata and the Khaleej Times of Dubai.

Leading people from both the industries in India and the UAE have condoled the passing of Patel.

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Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival to kick off on Oct 21

The inaugural ceremony this year will have poetry of Prince Moazzam Jah read by Mohammad Ali Baig and sung by Mala Bararia…reports Asian Lite News.

The 16th edition of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival, one of India’s most significant theatre events, will be held here from October 21 to 24.

Host of eminent names like Ila Arun, K.K. Raina, Denzil Smith, Heeba Shah and others will play in this internationally-reputed festival.

It was the only festival of its scale that was conducted live last year despite Covid-19 pandemic.

Curated by eminent theatre personality and Padma Shri awardee Mohammad Ali Baig, the festival presents the pick of Indian theatre actors and world-renowned playwrights.

It is an annual tribute to Hindustani theatre legend late Qadir Ali Baig, held in association with the Government of Telangana every year.

Another important aspect of the festival is that it is launched from historically significant locations. For the second year in a row, the festival will be launched at Moazzam Jahi Market, a city landmark which has been restored by authorities.

In the past the festival was launched at Falaknuma Palace, Taramati Baradari and Raj Bhavan.

The inaugural ceremony this year will have poetry of Prince Moazzam Jah read by Mohammad Ali Baig and sung by Mala Bararia.

Moazzam Jah was the son of Mir Osman Ali Khan, seventh and last Nizam or ruler of erstwhile Hyderabad State. Moazzam Jahi Market, inaugurated in 1935, is named after him.

Minister for municipal administration and urban development K.T. Rama Rao will release the festival brochure. This will be followed by staging of the play ‘Guards at the Taj’.

Written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Shishir Singh Chauhan, the play features Shishir Singh Chauhan and Gautam Sharma.

‘Guards at the Taj’ is a dark comedy written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated American playwright Rajiv Joseph about two average men swept by the beauty, carnage and injustice surrounding one of the most famous wonders of the world.

The other plays in the festival will be staged at Raddison Blue Plaza. They include ‘Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar ke’ written and directed by Ila Arun and featuring Ila Arun, K.K. Raina and Avinash Ujjain; ‘Out at Sea’, written by Slawomir Mrozek, directed by Heeba Shah; ‘Checkmate’ written by Ganesh Patro and directed by Dr Kotla Hanumantha Rao; and ‘Bombay Jazz’ written by Ramu Ramanathan and directed by Etienne Coutinho.

The festival features a workshop on physical theatre by Heeba Shah, master class on play writing by Ramu Ramanathan and master class by Mohammad Ali Baig on ‘Integrating heritage and theatre;.

Like last year, the festival this year will be conducted in accordance with pandemic safety protocols.

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Riverdance prepares for UK tour

The show will visit 27 venues from 27th August 2021. All the 2020 tour dates have successfully been replaced and new shows have been added…reports Asian Lite News.

Riverdance, a popular theatrical fusion show mainly of traditional Irish music and dance. Preparations are underway for Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show which is set for a UK tour starting from August 26th .

Described by The Arts Review as “magical, moving and utterly memorable”, the show is a powerful and stirring reinvention of this family favourite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance.

The show will visit 27 venues from 27th August 2021. All the 2020 tour dates have successfully been replaced and new shows have been added.

Amazingly, the cast for this rescheduled tour are so young that they were not even born in the year that the show first opened – 1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin. The popular show has already visited over 450 venues worldwide and been seen by over 25 million people. To find out more visit www.riverdance.com.

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‘East is East’ to return to Brum after 25 years

The play is set in 1971 in Salford where fish-and-chip owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways…reports Asian Lite News.

A new revival of the classic play ‘East is East’ is to return to Birmingham 25 years after premiering at the city’s Repertory Theatre in 1996. Since then, East is East has sold out three London runs, been adapted into a BAFTA award-winning film and become a modern classic of comic drama. 

The play is set in 1971 in Salford where fish-and-chip owner George Khan expects his family to follow his strict Pakistani Muslim ways. But his children, with an English mother and having been born and brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father’s rules on dress, food, religion, and living in general. 

East is East is a play by Ayub Khan-Din, first produced by Tamasha Theatre Company in co-production with the Royal Court and Birmingham REP. The play runs at the Birmingham REP between 4th – 25th September 2021. For tickets and more information visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

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Sanskruti Centre organises captivating webinar on Koodiyattam

The webinar raised huge awareness and understanding of Koodiyattam, India’s oldest living theatre tradition, among the UK and European audiences, which UNESCO has recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, reports Asian Lite News

As part of the series of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, a unique and captivating webinar on the 2000-year Indian art form of Koodiyattam was organised by Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence. Renowned Guru Painkulam Narayana Chakyar has spoken on the occasion and has joined the virtual platform from Kerala. Dr Ragasudha Vinjamuri has welcomed the audiences and Manju Sunil has introduced the Guru’s eminence in Koodiyattam.

Navarasas shown by Painkulam Narayana Chakyar

Guru Narayana Chakyar has then started his presentation by explaining how Koodiyattam was performed in temples as a ritual tradition, and how it has retained its relevance through ages, and to the current form introduced by King Kulasekhara, as an elaborate performance structure. He said that it is believed that Shakya Muni, one of the disciples of Bharata Muni could have been the originator of the name Chakyar, by who Koodiyattam is performed. Chakyar are assisted by Nambiars and Nangyars. 18 Chakyar families are believed to have spread the art form wider.

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Dr Ragasudha Vinjamuri hosting the event

The Guru has explained Indian theatre tradition right from Indus Valley Civilisation, even before Bharata Muni and Natya Shastra, and its presence during the Vedic period and to the Buddhist era. He explained about Bhasa’s Sanskrit dramas approximately from about 200 BC-300 AD. With the help of videos and photos, he has explained the enactment of characters such as Jataayu, Brihannala, and Ravana. The video demonstration of Baali was captivating.

Manju Sunil introducing the Guru

As part of Chaturvidhabhinaya, four types of Abhinaya as per Natya Shastra, he has beautifully explained Angikabhinaya, Vachikabhinaya, Sattvikabhinaya, and Aharya. He mesmerizingly demonstrated Navarasas from Srungara to Karuna- the nine different emotions expressed in classical dancing. He has also shown few unique gestures used in Koodiyattam, such as “apostrophe” in Rama’s wife, or the position “in” the land. It was interesting to know the role of Vidushaka, and the grammar being enacted through mudras in dancing. While the Guru spoke in Malayalam, the content was translated to English by Salini RG.

Cllr Sharad Jha during Q and A

The webinar has no doubt raised huge awareness and understanding of Koodiyattam, India’s oldest living theatre tradition, among the UK and European audiences, which UNESCO has recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. During Q and A section, Cllr Sharad Jha, Councillor for Gold Hill Ward, has asked about Sattvika abhinaya. Questions from Ramneek Chandra Dwivedi and Chittaranjan Satpati from India were also answered.

The video of this interesting webinar can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/Sanskruti100/videos/345693196892118

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TN shuts movie theatres, temples

The government’s new restrictions include closure of recreation clubs, movie theatres, liquor bars, auditoriums, meeting halls, shopping complexes, big format stores and vegetable shops located in malls…reports Asian Lite News

With the number of Covid-infected persons increasing in the state, the Tamil Nadu government has ordered closure of movie theatres, auditoriums, temples for public worship and others from Monday.

The government’s new restrictions include closure of recreation clubs, movie theatres, liquor bars, auditoriums, meeting halls, shopping complexes, big format stores and vegetable shops located in malls.

While, standalone vegetable and grocery shops can operate following the safety measures but such shops located in malls are not allowed to open. Besides, barbar shops, beauty parlours and spas will also remain closed.

Only takeaways allowed in hotels/restaurants/mess/tea shops. For guests in hotels and lodges food should be served in their rooms, said a government statement.

E-commerce service can function with time limits.

All places of worships closed for public but poojas can be conducted by the staff. Only 50 persons are allowed for weddings, while 25 persons are allowed at funerals.

50 per cent staff of IT and ITES companies should work from home. Sports training centres to be closed except for training for national and international events, the statement added.

Compulsory e-registration for people coming from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and from overseas by air or sea.

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‘Storytellers want maximum eyeballs’

Dibakar’s film brings back Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra on the silver screen after almost three years. The actor first worked together in the 2012 film “Ishaqzaade” and later worked together in “Namaste England” (2018)…writes Yashika Mathur.

Filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee’s new film “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar” opens today. He feels be it OTT or theatres, storytellers want maximum eyeballs for their projects.

Commenting on whether OTT has now cemented its place in the audience mindset, Dibakar tells : “I think even theatrical producers and directors are deeply cementing their product to what their audience wants to see, so we all want the maximum number of eyes to see us and give us money, fame and power. There is no difference. Therefore, all of us keep an eye out for what the audience wants to see to a lesser or larger extent. In my case, when I want to tell the audience a story, I tell it my way and hope that I can convert more and more people to my way of thinking.”

Dibakar’s film brings back Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra on the silver screen after almost three years. The actor first worked together in the 2012 film “Ishaqzaade” and later worked together in “Namaste England” (2018).

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Does it become easy to direct co-stars who have worked together earlier? “It doesn’t matter,” says Dibakar, adding: “It depends on the script, on the energy of the actors, on that film and the energy of the director, and that is all that matters. It doesn’t even matter if they have worked together in 15 films.”

Arjun and Parineeti are known to share a good rapport off-screen. However, Dibakar had to change that situation. “I was trying to break their rapport because in the film I wanted them to be adversaries. So all my attempts went into them not meeting or hanging around with each other!” says the director.

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