If you’re a die-hard fan of theatre, Abhivyakti has a lot in store for you. Abhivyakti – City Arts Project is a 30 day long celebration of various forms of art created and curated by 30 artists from Ahmedabad. It comprises art forms like Theatre, Music, Dance, Installations and Exhibitions. For every art lover and enthusiast living in the city of Ahmedabad, Abhivyakti has various surprises lined-up. Let’s look at what is in store for those who love theatre.
Kahaani lelo Kahaani – Vedika Bayanwala | 20 Jan, 29 Jan, 30 Jan
For generations, the Panchatantra stories have had the unique ability of being able to not just entertain the people of all ages, but also to pass on wisdom and lessons. These stories, like other stories, have gone through multiple tellings and retellings. This theatre performance, undertaken with child actors, brings to life these stories, and explores multiple conclusions.
Born Artists – Kalpana Gagdekar | 21 Jan, 22 Jan, 23 Jan
The Chhara Community – a denotified tribe given the tag of born criminals. Ask a member of the Chhara Community, and they will tell you that they are artists. The tussle between the law-enforcement and the Chhara community is an on-going one. With members from the Chhara community, this performance narrates the past and present of the Chhara community as fact. It does not attempt to provide an explanation for the label it has earned in the society; it does not ask for sympathy, or empathy. In narrating these stories and experiences, the performance breaks the ‘fourth wall’ between the performers and the audiences.
Special Performance – Words Have Been Uttered – Sunil Shanbagh | 26th Jan
Dissenting, or holding an opinion in opposition to a prevailing idea, is an integral part of the Indian tradition in which we accept that there are many ways of looking and living in the world. Disagreement, debate, doubt, curiosity, philosophical contests, dialogue, all contribute to the fabric of civilizations, particularly the Indian, and it is no wonder we are termed “Argumentative”! Dissent has also produced powerful cultural expression – poetry, song, theatre, satire, stories, resisting tyranny, provoking us, challenging us, and making us re-discover our innate humanity. Come share with us profound expressions of dissent on caste, gender, the relationship be-tween the individual and the state, and language, from India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, the USA, Palestine and Iraq.
The Foolish King – Nayan Bhil | 27 Jan, 1 Feb, 3 Feb, 4 Feb
The tradition of puppetry has evolved in India as a method of entertainment. The first puppets in the country were made possibly as long ago as 1000 B.C. Puppets tell the story of the culture in which they have been designed. This puppet show goes back to the roots of puppetry – story-telling. Through a variety of puppets, this performance tells the story of the foolish king – a king who is in pursuit of his kingdom’s worst enemy. The story is told through colour shadow-puppets, rod puppets, and other forms of puppetry.
Item – Arpita Dhagat | 5 Feb, 9 Feb, 11 Feb, 12 Feb
Daughter, sister, wife, mother – the many roles that are assigned to a woman from the time that she is born. For the longest time, actresses in Bollywood have become caricatures of these roles. This piece of performance art, with five actors confined to a wooden box, challenges the stereotypes and connotations associated with these roles since time immemorial. It urges audiences to rethink these roles in the context of the society we live in currently.
So theatre lovers, don’t forget to miss out on these amazing plays. Also be there to witness and encourage artists who have put in their hardwork and passion into their respective forms of art presented throughout these 30 days from 19th January to 17th February at Sanskar Kendra, Paldi from 4 PM at Abhivyakti – City Arts Project.
The event is free of cost for all but prior registration is mandatory. Register yourself on http://abhivyaktiart.org/calender.aspx.