1. After Dussehra celebrations in October last year, and marathon this year, it might be third public event i attended.

2. While I was working in Bangalore I used to see advertisements for theatre shows which used to have tickets worth 1000 rupees to 2000 rupees. Even when I watched some movies after paying that amount, I was reluctant to spend that much on theatre.

3. This one was written by Manav Kaul and directed by Shantanu Pandey.

4. Despite my suggestion they used ‘Udhaaran’ instead of ‘udaaharan’ as proper pronunciation of the word. When I suggested them that during their rehearsal they either didn’t understand or didn’t want to understand. Moreover the director seemed disgruntled with my use of word flatmate for his flatmate.

5. They didn’t credit the music they used-to create captivating emotional background.

6. The auditorium has 230 seats for audience. There are 13 portraits and three scenaries at back.

7. While coming downstairs i observed a few gutka pouches. They weren’t too many.

8. The pick points which engage audience here are essentially : expressions of characters who are annoyed or desperate.

9. In some ways: people laugh at or enjoy watching troubled people.

10. All emergencies, disasters and tragedies are to see others suffering. Theatre and cinema is merely mimicry of life.

11. It implies : the role of darkness or suffering in making our existence meaningful.

12. Not for a single moment any of us wants any discomfort for ourselves. We don’t want to trade places with our selves in time or space because their destinies are so uncertain. Only in case of acute trouble we might wish to reset or exchange our lives with another.

13. There’s a reference to exodus in this play.

14. In one of the dialogues, one character tells another: ” whenever people are forced to migrate from their place to another–they are not able to accept the other place as their own. ” This made me think about true home. It’s often called as the heart. The spiritual heart. The Self.

15. To see raw emotions: anger, comedy and such: you don’t really need to visit theatre. Just take a walk through the town or stay put in your house and you will have plenty of it. Why then, do you need to imitate what’s already out there?

16. It’s essentially merely to increase our awareness. We don’t listen to our friends and family and the same things, when they’re spoken by a celebrity or leader or on stage: we consider them to be big things or real deal.

17. Add time to it: the prime ignorance. Aging is because of time. Time is psychological death. Essentially time is change but even the perception of change is dependent on some impressions which are created by certain energy patterns.

18. If I tell you about certain flaw in your persona you might immediately resort to its being ancient to downplay it. Or generalize it across a data space. If you don’t understand it: I would give an example if you need.

19. I had clear deja vus of being inside that premise. I told about it to the person about whom I mentioned in my last post and who came to sit besides me as we talked for a while. Then I moved back to top row. Front rows are considered luxury in theatre as you get to see expressions of characters. I chose topmost to stay away from the noise.

20. Earlier I was convinced about deja vus being indicators of something important but now-a-days they’re there almost always whenever I visit a new place. To see a play in an auditorium in my hometown is a new experience for me.

21. If it takes countless lifetimes to master each and every knack and there are countless streams of mastery: there are countless births or no liberation, no peace.

22. Every experience: big or small, is made up of experiences. And every experience in the end is revealed to be empty of any inherent value. Seeking experiences is drive of life and it seems to be without beginning.

23. Park has three characters, three benches in a park. Struggle for space.

Event courtesy: Narmda foundation/IPTA Chhatarpur.

Featured image: Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Chhatarpur

#drama, #event, #live-performance, #play, #theatre

Ghatotkacha and Bheema

1. Completed reading one play by Bhaas. It’s named ‘Madhyam Vyayoga.’ It was written in Sanskrit. The name of the play is an implication about the word ‘madhyama’ or ‘the middle.’ The son who is neither the eldest nor youngest among Brahmin’s sons was called by him as it was to be sacrificed to the demon Ghatotkacha but middle one among Pandavas who had gone out for exercise (Vyayama/vyayoga) heard the call and appeared. The Hindi translation was done by Shri Sushil. It is a short play. The language is flowery in the portrayal of protagonists: Ghatotkacha and Bheema but kind of rushed in the story. I recall another story I read in my early childhood: Rustum and Sohrab. Sohrab was son of Rustum and these two were fighting from Iraq and Iran. They didn’t know about their relationship. In that story the son is killed by the father. In this one: the son Ghatotkacha arrests his father Bheema and takes him to his mother Hidimba who immediately recognises him and makes her son apologize to his father for impudence.

2. Played six vocabulary jams on My ID is 01. I invite you to play with me.

Ranks: 123414

On an average 7-8 players played.

Honorable mentions: Stephen.

3. Registered 15 books in library after burning some garbage besides the banyan tree near Nadep post.

#bheema, #book-recommendation, #logos, #play


1. Some people consider the whole world as a play. William Shakespeare, for example.

2. Some others consider it to be a book. Jawaharlal Nehru for example.

3. I developed some models like school, journey, play, war and dream for my own study and events.

4. Yesterday I had a discussion with the local secretary of IPTA-Devendra Kushwaha.

5. IPTA stands for Indian People For Theatre Association.

6. Homi J. Bhabha had a role to play in its creation.

7. I have known Devendra since 2018 but we actually had discussions only for an hour or two.

8. In one such conversation on a Thursday, I was discussing with him about arts. I told him about one of my favourite movies: “Suraj Ka Saatvaan Ghoda” or “The Seventh Horse of Sun.” I had published an IMDB article reviewing this movie and discussed it with many people. Based on Dharmveer Bharati’s novel of same name it was directed by Shyam Benegal. It’s a masterpiece.

9. Devendra had no clue about the movie. The conversation took place just outside the Biotic Farm. He told me about the book he was reading.

10. Yesterday, as I remind him about our previous conversations and told him that I was exalted to interact with someone as highly placed as secretary of IPTA: he told me that he had watched “The Seventh Horse of Sun” two-three times before. Now after getting my recommendation he watched it again.

11. My question is this: the Devendra in 9th and the Devendra in 10th are two different persons. Why does it happen so often with me? Why did he need to lie? Was it a part of a play? I only need him to get clarity about whether he had watched that movie two three times or only watched it after I recommend it to him. Secretary of IPTA should have a good memory in my opinion.

#animadversion, #ipta, #logos, #memory, #play