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    Heralding the new year with special programmes, Jagriti theatre mixes things up for the jaded culture vulture. Dedicated to stand-up comedy and musicality, this season also has a multinational line up of plays. The latter part of the year will showcase national and international productions, as part of the Curtain Raiser programme, which celebrates drama making its city debut. This year will include Shakespearea��s The Comedy of Errors by the UKa��s The HandleBards.
    Curating the arts
    a�?Jagriti has always showcased dance, music and comedy,a�? says programming executive Rakhi Bose, a�?Yet the past four years have been a process of trial and error. Now we have a structured platform: Musical Twist for music and dance and Jollies at Jagriti for stand-up, improv and sketch comedy.a�? Musical Twist evenings will take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year, while Jollies at Jagriti on Wednesdays. The weekends will be reserved for plays.
    In the pipeline
    The first a�?jollya��, on January 7, sees comedienne duo Richa Kapoor and Sumukhi Suresh in the house, for a sketch show based on their everyday lives. a�?Comedy is a medium to communicate, vent, romance and bicker. Jagriti will make it popular, giving our shows more scope to reach out,a�? says Suresh. You can also expect sets by Biswa Kalyan Rath, Punchtantraa, Praveen Kumar and Kenny Sebastian later in the year. On the musical side, singer Jyotiprakash Atre kicks things off on January 6, with an evening dedicated to singer Kishore Kumar.
    a�� Maegan Dobson Sippy

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      Our pick of drama festivals across the country to add to your schedule if you are city-hoppingA�A�this year

      Make sure you catch some old-school drama when you plan your vacations around the country with our pick of off-beat theatre festivals. From something for the kids and writing showcases to global galas and beyond, we discover why 2014 is all about curtain calls.

      1. Bharat Rang Mahotsav, New Delhi
      Already underway in the capital, the annual festival of the National School of Drama, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, brings together national, international and student productions and is spread across various venues including the Sri Ram Centre, LTG Auditorium, Abhimanch and Bahumukh. This year, the festival will highlight various aspects of Indian theatre through 71 performances that will be put up by groups from 17 states of India as well as troupes from Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany in varying styles that range from classical and Western to modern and folk.
      Details: nsdtheatrefest.com

      2. World Theatre Daya�� Chennai Chapter
      When it comes to our city, we have World Theatre Daya��Chennai Chapter. In its fourth year, it sees 10 theatre groups presenting plays on one platform. a�?a�?Alliance Francaise and British Council give us space. The aim of the event is to make theatre groups work together at least on one day, considering the groupism that happens,a��a�� says founder Freddy Koikaran. On March 27. Details:stagefright.com

      3.International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Thrissur
      The International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) is organised by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. Part of the Department of Culture in Kerala, this is an annual event for independent, experimental and contemporary troupes. Spanning eight days, beginning on January 27, Thrissur will play host to open air performances and shows that seek to redefine the statesa�� culture and local contemporary practices, with a focus on atrocities against women, children and transsexuals.
      Details: theatrefestivalkerala.com

      4. International TYA Festival, New Delhi
      New Delhi will play host to the first theatre for young audiences festival. The ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du ThA�A?tre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) will feature performances by Indian and international theatre companies with three shows a day. Some representative countries are Afghanistan, Austria, Iran, Iceland, Serbia and India. In addition to performances, the festival will also have workshops, interactions with theatre veterans and art installations across the venue. February 17 to 23.
      Details: assitejindia.org

      5.Nandikar, Kolkata
      Since 1984, Kolkata comes alive between December 16 and 25 for the Nandikar National Theatre Festival. Hosted at the Academy of Fine Arts campus, this one is about bringing together actors, directors, stage production and enthusiasts under one colourful roof. It gives theatre lovers 10 days of intelligent, entertaining and intriguing performances in Indian and foreign languages. Being a multi-cultural platform, it sees the convergence of contemporary theatre and global tradition from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and SAARC nations.
      Details: nandikar.net

      6. Jagriti Theatre, Bangalore
      In a quest to encourage new creative work and give them a launch pad, Jagriti announces its New Writing Festival, a biennial, two-month long celebration of new writing for the stage. Not only will there be training, discussions and workshops by theatre personalities and writers, but also performances that will run for six shows each, starting this February. Some of the featured plays are Under the Chestnut Tree by Akash Mohimen, HeLa by Adura Onashile and Nobody Sleeps Alone by Deepika Arwind. Their theatre festival is still to be confirmed.Details: jagrititheatre.com

      7. Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
      Mumbaia��s fabled Prithvi Theatre hosts their annual kiddy season from mid-April to June with plays for children, starring children, and put together by the citya��s most noteworthy theatre groups. Their annual week-long Theatre Festivaltraditionally scheduled for the month of November.
      Details: prithvitheatre.org

      8. Ranga Shankara, Bangalore
      An iconic entity in the Bangalore theatre scene, this year too will see Ranga Shankara host three festivals. The much-awaited AHA! International Theatre Festival for Children begins on July 11 until 20, while Summer Express, a 15-day kids workshop is scheduled between April 6 and May 17. The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival will wow audiences from October 27 to November 9, although the acts are still to be announced.

      Details:
      Aakanksha DeviA�with inputs fromA�Mrinalini Sundar

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      Drama festivals across the country A�to take you on a thrilling make-believe journey

      Make sure you catch some old-school drama when you plan your vacations around the country with our pick of off-beat theatre festivals. From something for the kids and writing showcases to global galas and beyond, we discover why 2014 is all about curtain calls. a�� Aakanksha Devi

       

      1. Bharat Rang Mahotsav, New Delhi
      Already underway in the capital, the annual festival of the National School of Drama, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, brings together national, international and student productions and is spread across various venues including the Sri Ram Centre, LTG Auditorium, Abhimanch and Bahumukh. This year, the festival will highlight various aspects of Indian theatre through 71 performances that will be put up by groups from 17 states of India as well as troupes from Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany in varying styles that range from classical and Western to modern and folk.
      Details: nsdtheatrefest.com

      2.International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Thrissur
      The International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) is organised by Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi. Part of the Department of Culture in Kerala, this is an annual event for independent, experimental and contemporary troupes. Spanning eight days, beginning on January 27, Thrissur will play host to open air performances and shows that seek to redefine the statesa�� culture and local contemporary practices, with a focus on atrocities against women, children and transsexuals.
      Details: theatrefestivalkerala.com

      3. International TYA Festival, New Delhi
      New Delhi will play host to the first theatre for young audiences festival. The ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du ThA�A?tre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse) will feature performances by Indian and international theatre companies with three shows a day. Some representative countries are Afghanistan, Austria, Iran, Iceland, Serbia and India. In addition to performances, the festival will also have workshops, interactions with theatre veterans and art installations across the venue. February 17 to 23.
      Details: assitejindia.org

      4.Nandikar, Kolkata
      Since 1984, Kolkata comes alive between December 16 and 25 for the Nandikar National Theatre Festival. Hosted at the Academy of Fine Arts campus, this one is about bringing together actors, directors, stage production and enthusiasts under one colourful roof. It gives theatre lovers 10 days of intelligent, entertaining and intriguing performances in Indian and foreign languages. Being a multi-cultural platform, it sees the convergence of contemporary theatre and global tradition from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and SAARC nations.
      Details: nandikar.net

      5. Jagriti Theatre, Bangalore
      In a quest to encourage new creative work and give them a launch pad, Jagriti announces its New Writing Festival, a biennial, two-month long celebration of new writing for the stage. Not only will there be training, discussions and workshops by theatre personalities and writers, but also performances that will run for six shows each, starting this February. Some of the featured plays are Under the Chestnut Tree by Akash Mohimen, HeLa by Adura Onashile and Nobody Sleeps Alone by Deepika Arwind. Their theatre festival is still to be confirmed.Details: jagrititheatre.com

      6. Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
      Mumbaia��s fabled Prithvi Theatre hosts their annual kiddy season from mid-April to June with plays for children, starring children, and put together by the citya��s most noteworthy theatre groups. Their annual week-long Theatre Festivaltraditionally scheduled for the month of November.
      Details: prithvitheatre.org

      7. Ranga Shankara, Bangalore
      An iconic entity in the Bangalore theatre scene, this year too will see Ranga Shankara host three festivals. The much-awaited AHA! International Theatre Festival for Children begins on July 11 until 20, while Summer Express, a 15-day kids workshop is scheduled between April 6 and May 17. The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival will wow audiences from October 27 to November 9, although the acts are still to be announced.

      Details:
      rangashankara.org

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