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Monday, July 6, 2020

Virtual Experiences In Lockdown Times by Vikram Phukan

In 1971, in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, a site-specific dance performance — one in which the ‘site’ in question encompassed a dozen rooftops over a roughly ten-block area — was s…

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

How to Support the Arts During a Pandemic by Vikram Phukan

Steadily gathering supporters online is a crowd-funding campaign that trains its specific energies on a frequently overlooked segment of India’s vast marginalized populace: artists and art…

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Monday, April 20, 2020

Cultural Warriors Call It A Day by Vikram Phukan

One unexpected casualty of these beleaguered times is a relatively young arts organization that had only recently celebrated its eighth anniversary on February 29 (and because that’s leap …

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Shakespeare in the Era of Social Distancing by Vikram Phukan

While it can never really supplant the vibrancy and vividness of live, in-the-flesh theatre, the showcasing of performing arts in the digital space has expectedly received a fillip over the …

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Importance Of Safdar Hashmi by Vikram Phukan

Sudhanva Deshpande’s book, Halla Bol remembers the legendary theatremaker and activist through a series of events that recall his life’s worth. A book tour with a difference is currently…

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Monday, March 30, 2020

The Mechanics of Crafting Transitions by Vikram Phukan

For ensemble pieces in theatre, where actors never once leave the stage, what becomes all-important are the transitions between scenes — how the action, settings and mood segue in transfor…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Demystifying The Magic Of Theatre by Vikram Phukan

In the play, Colors of Trans 2.0, when the transgender performer Living Smile Vidya bares her surgically reconfigured body in a moment of aching vulnerability, it induces gasps from onlook…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Miss Marple Moves to Goa by Vikram Phukan

For fans of the whodunit as gradually unfolding conundrum rather than mere build-up to a climactic masterstroke, an Indian reboot of a British play based on the 1962 Agatha Christie novel, …

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Doyen of Marathi Theatre Shriram Lagoo Left Behind A Mark Few Could Rival by Vikram Phukan

A staged legacy: Doyen of Marathi theatre, Shriram Lagoo gave life to political plays, worked in women’s welfare and left behind a mark few could rival. Although widely acknowledged as a d…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

13 Outstanding Theatrical Performances of 2019 in India by Vikram Phukan

This year the stage threw up apostles of hope aplenty, whose quiet energy and presence allowed us to re-imagine our own lives in the sheer privacy afforded by a seat in a darkened auditorium…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Diamonds In the Rough by Vikram Phukan

An emerging sidelight at the annual Prithvi Theatre Festival is its selection of fringe offerings that are usually showcased at Prithvi House, a first-floor assembly space in the residential…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

These are Voices of Women Considered Modern for Their Times by Vikram Phukan

Anubha Fatehpuria will act out a miscellany of women characters, spanning more than a century in Pieces. Once again, in recent weeks, the free-thinking Virginia Woolf provides grist for the …

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Kashmiri Poetess from 16th Century Comes to Life in “Zoon” by Vikram Phukan

The legendary Habba Khatoun comes to life in Purva Naresh’s Zoon, a play that attempts to give ordinary Kashmiris a voice, says Vikram Phukan. Circa 1989, as the errant flames of an inchoa…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Reclaiming the Legend of Bhagat Singh by Vikram Phukan

Piyush Mishra’s Gagan Damama Bajyo centers around the young freedom fighter’s ideology of universal brotherhood, anarchism, atheism and fierce patriotism. The shenanigans of the past wee…

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