Tagore Hall Witnessed Ropyi Rood Today

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: Ropyi Rood means the rain of money in Kashmiri and a packed Tagore Hall witnessed it happen. Sahil Shafi directed the theatre play written by ace playwright Sajood Sailani. The artists...

Overdone Comedy Exposed The Secret Plan

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: Written in 2013 by Sheikh Haneef and directed by Gul Javaid, the Secret Plan was enacted by the artists of Kashmir Valley Theatre on March 24, 2021, at Tagore Hall,...

Tomorrow’s Hope Failed In Taking Off From Today’s Stage

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: It was another plot revolving around the exploits of the bourgeoisie in the Kashmir periphery but the bad delivery impacted the essence of the message. Performed by the artists of...

In Tagore Hall, Sarkaar Was In Suspended Animation

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: It was yet another performance-based in playwright Dr Sohan Lal Koul’s Sarkaar that Shafiq Qureshi directed as part of the ongoing Theatre Festival in Srinagar’s Tagore Hall. The story follows Professor...

Basic Life Challenges Had Audience Overwhelmed On Sunday

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: In 2019 sci-fi, Ad Astra Brad Pitt’s character Roy McBride says: “We go to work, we do our jobs and then it’s over. We are here and then we are...

Bochi Explained How Hunger Feeds The Appetite In Kashmir Society

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: Bochi, the Kashmiri word denotes hunger – hunger of food, wealth, authority or of fame. Hunger simply is hunger, but a poor or an underprivileged person cannot afford to be...

In Tagore Hall, It Was a Bold Confession

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: Dr Sohan Lal Koul’s Confession directed by Hassan Javaid, was perhaps a bold theme that the on-going 13-day Annual Drama Festival at Tagore Hall Srinagar witnessed on Friday. The three...

Tike Lal Was Enacted Again, Audience Loved The Protagonist

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: With subtle hints to the increasing unemployment, pollution and abandoning the endemic culture; materialism and women’s rights were the major themes of Mohammad Yousuf Shaheen’s Kashmiri play Tike Lal which...

Premchand Story Attempted Addressing Dumbfounded On Stage

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: In the ongoing Annual Drama Festival at Tagore Hall, Reshi Rashid’s Wathh was appreciated for its simple storytelling by the members of Azad Dramatic Cultural Club from Repora Lar, Ganderbal...

Legendary Subhan Hajam Makes A Theatrical Returns To Manage An Ailing Society

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: How devious people divide the ‘wise’ for perpetuating their assumed status was the fundamental story to Artche Kaal, the second play that was enacted by the artists of Yamberzal Youth...

When Parents Quarrel At Home, It Is A Vutre Bunul

by Mehru N Nisa SRINAGAR: It was Vutre Bunul that marked the beginning of the Annual Drama Festival at Tagore Hall, Srinagar. Vutre Bunul is a peculiar Kashmir word that has a vast meaning but...

Nek Bab Memories

For four decades, Shadi Lal Koul reigned as one of the popular Kashmiri names in theatre, reports Nazir Rather  After graduating from Amar Singh in 1972 Shadi Lal Koul, a versatile actor of Kashmir from Chotta...

I Am The Witness

by Shams Irfan (A still from Arshid Mushtaq’s play Buh Chus Sheahid.) On a cold winter afternoon in Kashmir’s oldest state owned college auditorium people sat in silence adjusting themselves on iron chairs to witness Arshad...

“Artist has to reflect common man’s pain, aspirations and dreams”

After passing through a security post at the entrance of Nawai Subah complex in Srinagar, media studios of private television producers show up. Housed in the basement of the building, one of these studios...

Telling Stories

Kashmiris have finally explored the art of venting their anger in a subtle manner. Shams Irfan observes a year when a decades old conflict met creative expression. 2011 saw young Kashmiri artists—both amateur and professionals—take...

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