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Aadyam's Second Edition: Wider Horizons

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Updated: 5 March 2016
A troupe of clowns with internal issues tries to put up a Shakespeare play. A play examines justice and social inequality. A tiatr set in Goa in the ’70s – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors – and finally, a hard-hitting play on gender stereotypes.

Aadyam is back in its second edition with these five new plays spread across two cities over a span of six months. Committed to the institution of creative expression, Aadyam has established itself as a culture in theatre and holds a promise for such creative minds who just need the stage to interact with the audience.

After the success of its first outing, Aadyam has widened its horizons to bring about a rich theatre experience to the audience. Genres as varied as drama, musical and tiatr will be showcased, all from celebrated production houses. It promises to enthrall the audience with the treatment of the plays and, thus, bring about a change in the conventional understanding of theatre.

Timeline of the plays | © Aadyam Theatre

Timeline of the plays | © Aadyam Theatre

The Directors at Helm

The celebrated production houses that will showcase their works include Cinematograph, Aarambh, RAGE Theatre, Arpana Theatre and Essay PPL. Acclaimed director Rajat Kapoor will be at helm of the play I Don’t Like It – As You Like It for Cinematograph, a story about a troupe of clowns. Nadir Khan will direct RAGE Theatre’s Twelve Angry Jurors, a play which examines justice and social inequality in present times. Sunil Shanbag of Arpana Theatre, who directed the critically acclaimed Cotton 56, Polyester 64, will helm Loretta, a tiatr-inspired piece of 1970’s Goa. Essay PPL’s Salim Arif, who is renowned for putting literary works on stage, will direct Chakkar Chalaaye Ghanchakkar, an adaption of Comedy of Errors, and Purva Naresh will direct Aarambh’s Ladies Sangeet, a play questioning gender stereotypes.

All five plays present artistic diversity in content, entertainment, presentation and style. The Aadyam Festival is a boost to theatre productions by increasing the value of theatre. By focusing on larger venues, coverage of multiple metro cities and entrusting the productions in the hands of such renowned and acclaimed directors,
Aadyam has attracted and introduced new audiences to the theatre.

Before each play, there will be specific play-themed activities in the foyer of the venue, enhancing the ambience outside the theatre hall. Partnering with WOWTables means a rewarding experience for the guests – an experience where they can take advantage of special dining offers at select restaurants, making their table reservations to coincide with the end of the plays.

With the second edition, Aadyam has set its sight on bringing in audiences in abundance to watch plays while, at the same time, providing that production value to theatre houses. With plays from the previous edition still running to packed houses, the second edition promises to instill a new idea of theatre, which is a medium of mass entertainment and is not purely meant for cerebral contentment.


By Aritra Chakrabarty