SRINAGAR – Amateur Theatre Groups play Do Kodi Ka Khel has been selected to be performed in PRD National Theatre Festival 2012 to be held at Kannur (Kerala) from November 26 to December 1, 2012. The play is scheduled to be performed in the Festival, which opens up a new vista of cultural extravaganza for the theatre aficionados of Kerala, on December 1. It is a rare honour for Amateur Theatre Group as it is one of the very few theatre groups from outside Kerala that have been selected to perform in the Festival.
The play Do Kodi Ka Khel was prepared in An Actor Prepares, a five week long theatre workshop organized by Amateur Theatre Group, in collaboration with National School of Drama. The play is Hindustani adaptation by Parimal Dutta of Bertolt Brecht’s famous play Three Penny Opera. The Workshop was conducted by Ifra Mushtaq, who has also designed and directed the play.
Ifra, the first woman theatre director of the State, has formally studied theatre under the guidance of reputed and distinguished teachers like Dr. B. Anantha Krishnan, Prof. Mohan Maharshi, Prof. Ramgopal Bajaj, Dr. Sathyabrata Rout, Dr. Rajeev Velichetti, Noushad Mohammed Kunju, Sreejith Ramanan and Dr. Bhikshu, as a Masters student in Performing Arts (Theatre), at the Hyderabad Central University. The Jammu Kashmir Film Makers and Artists Cooperative Ltd. (JKFMAC) recently felicitated Ifra Kak with the JKFMAC Award.
Ifra has earlier designed and directed two devised projects. One was Self Stories which was a result of 15 day long theatre workshop with the artists of Amateaur Theatre Group during her university education, and the other devised project was a result of 15 day long theatre workshop with the inmates of Kot Bhalwal Central Jail, one of the most sensitive prisons of the country. Another achievement to her credit is Sordid Tales of Suffering, a concept performance on the atrocities on women in Kashmir. Apart from that Ifra has done the dramatization of Lydia Avilovs autobiography Chekhov in My Life which ‘ was awarded Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award and best of the year production by Sahitya Kala Parishad, New Delhi.
The Workshop provided a unique opportunity to all the participants to learn the finer nuances of acting, design, stagecraft and diction. Eminent theatre experts namely renown theatre director Mushtaq Kak, theatre critic, Ravinder Kaul, veteran Music Director, Brij Mohan and theatre expert from National School of Drama, Rajesh Singh were guest faculty who enriched the overall experience of the participants.
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