Suffering ennobles, and when comedians suffer, we are more willing to see their work as flowing from the same font as the profoundest art. We want our comedians to be tortured; only then can we really laugh.
There is no question about it. Globalization is changing the way we eat, drink, dress, think. Every day we see events taking place in New York, or London, or Sharjah, or Beijing beamed into our homes via satellite television. We find Hollywood films dubbed in our local languages and running to packed houses. We find beauty contests being organized in… Read more →
Books: G P Deshpande, The World of Ideas in Modern Marathi: Phule, Vinoba, Savarkar, Tulika, New Delhi, 2009, pp. 120. Rs. 240. G P Deshpande, Talking the Political Culturally and Other Essays, Thema, Kolkata, 2009, pp. 127, Rs. 150. Both the books under review are collections of articles written and published by the author over the past some years in different locales. The… Read more →
In a freewheeling interview with Newsclick, Sanjna Kapoor speaks of ‘Junoon- a stage for theatre’ which she founded along with Sameera Iyengar in 2012 and the response to the initiative so far. She also shares with Newsclick how her experience of working with Prithvi Theatre for more than 20 years helped her envision, develop and mould an initiative like Junoon.
In 2011, I set off on a hunt that would take me around the world to work with ex-soldiers and ex-combatants on theatre projects dealing with homecoming and the return to civilian life after war. For months, I sat in rehearsals listening to the stories of these wounded men, without a clear picture of what it was I was looking… Read more →