The vibrant city of Lucknow is set to host a grand celebration of theatrical brilliance during the upcoming National Theatre Festival. In honor of the diamond jubilee of the esteemed Darpan theatre group, renowned artists from across the country will come together to present captivating plays. From May 18 to 27, 2023 theatre enthusiasts will have the opportunity to indulge in a diverse range of theatrical experiences, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of India.
A Delayed Celebration
Darpan theatre group, founded by Professor Satya Murty in 1961, reached its milestone diamond jubilee in 2021. However, the global pandemic disrupted plans for festivities, resulting in a two-year delay. Now, with the situation improving and live events resuming, the theatre group is ready to commemorate this significant occasion in a grand style.
Venue and Schedule
The festival will kick off with a play titled Swaha, directed by Shubhadeep Raha for Darpan on May 18 at 6.30 pm. For the next nine days, the plays will be staged at the Sant Gadge ji Auditorium at the UP Sangeet Natak Akademi in Gomtinagar, Lucknow.
The diverse lineup of plays includes:
May 19: Prem Ramayana, directed by Atul Satya Kaushik for Films and Television Society, Mumbai.
May 20: Baliganj 1990, directed by Atul Satya Kaushik for Films and Television Society, Mumbai.
May 21: With Love Aapki Sayara directed by Juhi Babbar for Ekjute, Mumbai.
May 22: Ghalib in New Delhi, directed by Sayed Alam, presented by Pierrot’s Troupe, Delhi.
May 23: Mahabali, by Darpan, Gorakhpur Lucknow branch established in 1971.
May 24-26: The National School of Drama will take centre stage from May 24 onward, presenting a series of spectacular plays. Audiences can look forward to Andhayug, Bayan and Laila Majnu.
May 27: Mai Re Mai Ka se Kahu – the concluding play, is scheduled at 4 pm on May 27, and will take place at Bhartendu Natya Academy, in Gomtinagar, Lucknow.
A Star-Studded Affair
Over 100 talented actors, including industry stalwarts like Anup Soni, Juhi Babbar and Lucknow’s very own Anil Rastogi, will enthral the audience with their performances at the festival. Each play brings together a unique ensemble of artists, ensuring a diverse range of styles and narratives. From thought-provoking dramas to heartwarming tales, the festival promises to cater to every theatrical preference.
In the spirit of promoting theatre accessibility, entry to all the plays will be free for the public. This gesture not only allows theatre lovers to enjoy exceptional performances but also acknowledges the enduring support of the audience throughout the journey of Darpan theatre group.