• Connections

    A performing arts festival connecting people, cultures and epochs through innovative collaborations.

    With dancers from the Opera of Paris, the Spanish National Dance Company, Indian classical dancers and musicians, and Flamenco dancers and musicians.

    The festival is spread across 3 days 18-Mar-2014 to 20-Mar-2014.
    Check out our events calendar for the complete details.

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    19-Mar-14
    An evening of Flamenco dance and music with Karen Lugo’s group from Spain
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    Connections

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  • Bagia Banchharam ki

    Bagia Bancha Ram Ki is a Hindi comedy play directed by Baharul Islam. The story of the play is about a man, named Bancharam who is emotionally attached to a garden on which he invested all his youth. Even though, he is old how but the attachment seems to be stronger then ever.

    Chhekori, the land owner has an eye on the garden and dies with the sole desire to own the garden someday. Due to his unfulfilled desire, Chhekori turns into a ghost after his death and comes to Bancharam with an interesting offer.

    What is the offer? Will Bancharam accept it? What are the repercussions of the offer? These questions are answered with funny scenes and funnier dialogue. This play is a wonderful watch for theatre lovers.

    The SRC repertory has been performing since 2009, and have staged more then 25 shows in and outside Delhi.

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    Democracy in Heaven

    Democracy in heaven is a satire on politics which depicts the believe systems of the negative practices by so called politicians to keep hold on our democratic system with their flattering dreamy tricks. They pose to be a true icon of democracy but only in words. They overrule the true objectives of democracy. Seeing it from a neutral perspective they are the black farce of our time.

    After a successful political campaign, Minister Ali is returning to capital and gets killed in a car accident with his personal secretary Miss Kali (the bud) and assistant Mr. Bali. After death, their souls are taken to the other world by Jamraj (the god of death) for judgments before Chitragupta, whose office has kept the life track records of all the deeds of their mortal life. It is believed that they will get place only in hell but Minister Ali, with the help of sensuous Miss Kali succeeds to get permits of Heaven from Chitraguta and enters heaven. When Indra, the lord of heaven allots them their duties, Minister Ali refuses to accept and conspire a revolt against his age old monarchy. He challenges Lord Indra and provoke him to announce election to bring democracy as this the most contemporary system successfully prevailing in the world’s largest democracy; India. At last Indra announces election. Minister being a champion of democratic practice does campaign for voting against Indra. It brings new wave of hope and excitement in heaven.

    But after all flattering efforts of Minister Ali and his allies, Indra wins the election and invites Mr. Ali to join his party. Minister Ali refuses saying that, heaven is not a suitable place for his kind of politics so if Indra wants to offer him something, he must be send back to India for a rebirth as a politician. Indra consults Brahma and conveys that with reference to the Vishnu Avtar rule he will be granted a rebirth if a mortal mother wishes to give birth, the kind of politician he is, only then he will take rebirth, till then he will be thrown in the Aakash Galga (galaxy) to move around the earth.

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  • Janpath Kiss

    On Janpath, one of the busiest streets of New Delhi, a young married man sees a beautiful girl strolling on the pavement during her lunch break. They are total strangers to each other. But the man gets mesmerized by girl’s beauty and innocence…the girl slowly nears him…oblivious to his presence or intentions…as she reaches him…the man can’t resist…gets carried away…stops her in her tracks…holds her by her arms…gently and lovingly…and just starts kissing her…full on the lips…in full day light…in front of hundreds of passers-by…and then all hell breaks loose.

    The play probes the reasons of this act and, in the process, uncovers the double standards prevailing in our middle class and the so called moral values of our society. In the end the play gives a positive message of love and humanity to our audience.

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  • SRC’s Talent Search Production

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    If you know you are a performer, but have never had the time to pursue a full time course, here’s your chance.

    SRC invites yout to apply for the Talent Search Production.
    You audition. You win. You perform.
    And you get to work with the masters!
    Our mentor, reknowned director Shri K. Madavane!

    Eligibility:
    Minimum age………………..20 Years
    Theatre experience………..Participation in at least one play ( School level productions will not be considered)

    How to apply
    Last day of receipt of applications : 15th Oct’14
    ( Short listing candidates for the Audition will be parallel to the receipt of applications)

    Auditions : 16th Oct’14
    At Shri Ram Centre from 11.00AM to 5.00PM, the shortlisted candidates will be informed through email/ can see the list on the website/ can inquire on phone. A speech will be mailed to prepare for the Audition)

    Eight Days workshop (Paid) 17th -26th Oct’14

    Show date 8th Dec’14

    Application forms available at SRC, or can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/1m0HKVD.
    Application form’s cost is INR Rs 50.00.
    The Details on the Workshop fee & production fee can be inquired on phone 011-23731112 / shrirmacentre@srcpa.in

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    Now you can subscribe to the Shri Ram Centre’s events calendar.

    This URL has all the steps to help you do this.
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  • ‘Tughlaq’ makes a comeback at SRC on 20-Aug-2014

    History is full of instances where entire masses of people have moved, voluntarily or otherwise, from one place to another, covering enormous distances, overcoming insurmountable obstacles, suffering untold misery. The Exodus, the Partition of India, the Bangladesh war, and the plight of Palestinian people, etc. are a few examples of such movements in history.

    Tughlaq by Girish Karnad, deals with one such mass displacement: the exodus of the wretched subjects of Tughlaq from Delhi to Daulatabad and back again, five years later, from Daulatabad to Delhi - a movement that is as futile as it is ridiculous. History makes Tughlaq out to be a much misunderstood ruler, whose far-sighted measures or reforms boomeranged because his people were not ready for them. Karnad’s Tughlaq seemingly conforms to this idea, but interpreting it unidimensionaly would detract from the timeless appeal of the play. Tughlaq’s dream is to found an everlasting empire fashioned after his vision in order to transform humanity which, to him, is like « cattle », although he hopes to « make men out of some of them » and create from them a superior race. Blinded by this vision, Tughlaq isolates himself from his people, even as he securely wraps himself up in his cocoon. His intolerance and rigidity, coupled with his maniacal desire to transform the world without first understanding it, lead to a self-imposed solitary confinement. This only reinforces the vertical and unilateral relationship between him and his people. The real tragedy of Tughlaq, and thereby of his subjects, is that he believes he is the sole arbiter of truth.

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    Tughlaq orders a complete evacuation of Delhi: « …I want Delhi vacated immediately. Every living soul in Delhi will leave for Daulatabad…Everyone must leave. Not a light should be seen in the windows of Dehi. Not a wisp of smoke should rise from its chimneys. Nothing but an empty graveyard of Delhi will satisfy me now… ». Does Tughlaq even understand the sentiments of his subjects upon leaving their city? « … But do you know, you can love a city like a woman ?» says the Old Man (Scene 8). By uprooting the population from Delhi, Tughlaq unwittingly forces his subjects to be detached from his kingdom. Soon, the first cracks that appear on his throne will forever undermine his authority. The separation from his people causes irreparable damage. People ? Like phantoms, those unfortunate moving bodies are living witness to the progressive erosion of the kingdom. Even though they are silent in the play, they are often visully aggressive. Sometimes they dissolve into the shadows of the dead bodies that they help to move. In their suffering, misfortune or anger, they support the crowd throughout the play. Whatever Tughlaq may do to shut himself off, he cannot be deaf to the plaintive wails of his people. The common people, for all that befalls them, have their moments in the play. There are riots everywhere, and discontent, long brewing, spills over and permeates every part of the Sultanate.

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    The play demonstrates the chilling fact that in all of us there is a streak of Tughlaq, as much as of those mute masses whom he so ruthlessly manipulates. Every one of us has, at some time or the other, felt an overpowering desire to shape the world around us according to our ideas. More often than not, however, we end up among those nameless faceless people, trudging eternally from Delhi to Daulatabad.

     

    Get your tickets from ShriRamCentre, or book them online at BookmyShow.

    http://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/tughlaq/ET00023379

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