Original Novel in Hindi : Mr. Brijesh Varman
Adaptation & Director : Late Prof. Afsar Hussain
Group : Rudreshwar, Panaji, Goa
Vishwamitra is a play based on the novel with same title by Mr. Brijesh Varman in hindi. Directed by Prof Afsar Hussain, the play revoles around Vishwamitra, the Mythological Scholar. The references required are taken from multiple stories of Mythology and are used to interprete the Character of the Vishamitra.
With the objective to set a once nation and eliminate the Evil powers Vishamitra decides to associate with Ram and laxman. In the play important scenes like Tadhka vadh, Ahilya’s curse, Lord Parshurama’s Interpretation of India (bharatvarsh), Indras Ego and power struggle etc are highlighted, which makes narratives interesting.
The play Focuses on the most important aspects for good governance. The play, attempts to make performance attractive by using elements of Natyashastr like angik, Vachik, Satvik, Aharya abhinay along with Mudras, dance singing and acting. The play has been recognized and rewarded to complement the success in various theatrical festivals.
I have been teaching Indian Classical theatre popular as Natyashatra in various theatre schools across India since 1990. I read and adapted the hindi Novel” Vishwamitra” written by my friend Mr. Brijesh Varman. I could witness elements of Indian Classical drama in it.
Vishwamitra is a play directed by me and is influenced by structure of the Natyashatr. The play begins with Purva –rang (Nandi and prastavana) then followed by the actual story of the play concludes with bharatvakya. Play revolves around Vishwamitra and his journey. He alongside Ram and Laxman covers the journey in which the focus of Vishwamitra was on to create a RAM RAJYA by making ram Capable to sit as adminiatrator of the Bharat Rastra.
The methodology of the acting is based on lokdharmi and Natyadharmi, with Dance, mudras and Songs esthetically , which enhances the experience of the audience.
An M.A in Drawing and Painting from University of Udaipur and an awarded general council member of Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy (1988) Afsar Hussain completed his three year diploma in Dramatics from National School of Drama, New Delhi in 1984. He was awarded one year scholarship from National School of Drama to work with Deaf Artistes 1984-1985, and a fellowship by the Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy to study folk theatre.
He held solo and group shows of paintings at the cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Shimla, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Jodhpur, and Goa. He Directed, Acted In, and translated more then 50 plays in different languages during a period of more then 30 years. He has conducted more then 50 Theatre workshops across the country and participated in numerous National and International Theatre festivals. He toured to Dublin in 2011 with “Red oleander” and “The Post Office” the plays by Rabindranath Tagore.
He was Professor at Kala Academy Goa’s School Of Drama 1990-2002, and the chief of Repertory Company of the same from 2002-2012.
He is at present a free lance Theatre activist and is a visiting faculty to many Theatre Institutes including N.S.D.
“Rudreshwar” Panaji is an institution which interalia works for the promotion of cultural, sports and literary talents in the state of Goa and in that pursuit Rudreshvar Panaji for last over 28 years had been carrying on hunt and identifying and locating the exemplary talent available in this Parshuram Bhumi.
Since its establishment, institution has produced more than 100 full length & One Act Plays in Hindi, Marathi, English and Konkani languages for various festivals and competitions. The institution has clinched more than 1650 prizes in aggregate in various competitions organized by different institutions & Government Bodies at State, Inter-state & National levels which itself creates an history in the Goan Cultural Field.
The Critically acclaimed Plays of the institution are Tuka abhang abhang Menkasukta, Mahaprashthan, Vishwamitra, palshetchi Vihir, Vakshak, Soul to Soul among many others. The along side full length plays institution also conduct production workshops for children and one act plays.