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Writer : Yogesh Tripathy
Director : Sharda Singh
Group : Prastuti, Patna, Bihar
Language : Hindi
Duration : 105 mins


The period of the story is from 1937 to 1940. A village woman of Mithilanchal, named Gauri, after giving birth to a daughter named Pratibhama and a son named Umanath becomes widow. As tradition, she manages early marriage of Pratibhama and sends her to Pratibhama’s in-laws’ house, far away from her village. The son Umanath goes to a big city for earnings. At the village Gauri uses Takli and Charkha for survival. In this way she is the follower of Mahantma Gandhi. Unfortunately she becomes pregnant with her brother-in-law (Devar) named Jainath. When the developing embreo becomes of eight months she worries and finally goes to her maternal house and manages the abortion. After returning home she found that the woman society has bycotted her. The son Umanath comes to village to follow tradition of yearly ‘Shraddha’ of his father and comes to know about her mother’s incident. He becomes very angry and after slapping his mother, begins crying. Gauri loves her brother-in-law’s teenaged son Ratinath as her own son. She promotes Ratinath to take education in big city, where as Ratinath’s father Jainath wants him to marry immediately. Umanath gets married and puts his bride Kamalmukhi at village for the care of his mother, but the behaviour of Kamalmukhi doesn’t suit to Gauri and she becomes ill. Kamalmukhi continuously ignores her mother-in-law’s wishes and desires, and ultimately Gauri dies. Ratinath does her funeral, as per Gauri’s wish. This is the story of a village woman who always tried to stand on her own feet with self respect till the last breath.

Director’s Note

Baba Nagarjuna’s compositions reach straight to heart. Stories happen to be, or fiction gives the sensation, of a grotesque kind. This is the first Novel of Baba. The Novel based on widows is reflective of the situation and the circumstances of the society.

Baba has described the snotty mentality, lust and deceit of the man through the Novel. Wherein a widowed woman is pushed in to the jaws of a stingy whirlpool trap. In a society where the marriage of the widower man was possible, but a widowed woman was kept away  from all the pleasures, the Novel’s chief woman, Gauri, says… the widows are squared up, wearing white ones, away from men… Where can woman spend holy life? The question also arises, why can’t the vidhwa live up with a society or family after the demise of her husband? This is the question of Gauri that shake us- why ?

Baba has engraved to, the bitter truth of the celebrating her Society through his writings, in any era women have not the luck of tasting the nector of individuality, It has always men first to ‘amritpaan’. The theatrical adaptation of this Novel is done by Shri Yogesh Tripathi. It basically becomes  even more robust reading conversion. With the craft, taste, and theatricality, the drama draws a great impact on the outlines.


Born in 1977 and a graduate from Patna University, Bihar and Post graduate in History and Dramatic arts, Sharda Singh acted in almost more than 50 plays. She received various awards, sammans and got best actress award also for acting. She is associated with Doordarshan and A.I.R (All India Radio) Patna, and has participated in many serials, tele films, radio dramas. She worked with renowned theater personalities like Satish Anand, Sanjay Upadhyay, Vijay Kumar. She received national scholarship in 1998 for acting and was rewarded the Jr. Fellowship in 2012-2013 by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Sharda has directed a number of Nukkad plays along with stage plays like Maati Gadi, Ekla Chalo Re, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Lahron ke Rajhans, Laal Pan Ki Begam, Ratinaath Ki Chachi etc. She received ‘Shailbala Mishra’ acting award for acting- 1992, 1994, 1995. In the year 1995, she was honored with ‘Kala Shree’ Samman for acting and in the Year 2003 she received ‘Bhikhari Thakur Samman’. She received ‘Noor Fatima Smriti Samman’ 2009 and ‘Purnank Rang Samman’ in 2010. In the year 2013 she won Abhinav Rang Sammman (Ujjain), Bhikhari Thakur Yuva Samman (Bihar Government) 2013, Women’s achiever’s Samman and Shikshak Ratna Samman as well. She is currently active in doing Theatre.


Prastuti, one of the famous theatre group in Bihar, was established in 2011-12. Since then it has been working very actively in the field of Theatre. The group performed many important stage plays all over India in states and cities like Bihar, Bhopl, Jabalpur, Delhi etc. It Participated in many important state and national festivals and recently has been selected to participate in Minarva Festival, Kolkata.

Prastuti has its Repertory consisting of 10 members, but we have more than 20 people who are associated with Prastuti and are working regularly for Nukkad and stage Plays. Some of the prominent productions by the group are- Maati Gadi, Ashadh ka ek Din, Lahron ke Rajhans, Renu Nama, Laal Pan Ki Begam, Bakri, Ratinath Ki Chachi.

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Director & Playwright : Ajit Das
Group : Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Language : Odia
Duration : 90 Mns.


An evening in July. The rain has just stopped; the sky is clean and cloudless. The mango grove of Vaishali is under the unique spell of the silvery magic of the silky white bright moon.

Nun Icchhamati feels restless in her hut in the Buddhist hermitage as she is not able to sleep. The fire of desire burns her for which she comes out of her hut. She sees the Monk Nilalohita, her ex-lover engrossed in chanting the teachings of the Buddha. Icchamati offering her total self to him entreats, “Come Nilalohita come, extinguish the fire in me and put an end to the Desire.” She counters the frail logic of Nilalohita and argues, “Why is there Desire then? Why do the body and mind never calm down despite rigorous penance? Why doesn’t the Desire extinguish? Why, why, why?” Thus, she goes on interrogating the Monk Ananada. These questions pester Tathagata’s mind as well.

Obsessed with a heap of questions and searching for their answers, Buddha reaches Kapilvastu. There, too, he confronts the same questions from Gopa. Gouttam realises that he is at the point of no return. Retreat is no longer possible for his shadow has become longer than him.  Gouttam is a prisoner in the glasshouse of Tathagata!


Born on Jan 20, 1949 in Kasanjia, Odisha, Ajit Das is a popular name in Odisha as a Cine artiste, theatre person and a marvelous mentor.. he was a reputed cine artiste who marked his contribution as the lead artiste in about 85 films.

After graduating from NSD in 1975, he joined Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya (Drama Department) in 1976. Being a visionary in theatre he played a vital role while the theatre of Odisha was facing in a black period after the decline of conventional theatre. He has a vast contribution in introducing newer techniques into drama and was recognized soon as a theatre director, stage designer and Music director in the theatre world. To bring about a change in the viewers mindset he started his organization ‘Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre’ which staged plays reviving Odisha literature and classics.

He participated in International & National festivals like Bharangam,, Rangayana, Kolkata festival, North East festival etal. His contribution to the television industry has been noteworthy. The most popular serial “ Sampark” was a roaring soap drama during 2001-2002. He has also directed a few hindi serials and directed about 40 ads of various products time and again. Departed from this mundane world on Sept. 9, 2020, he is one of the most inspirational luminaries Odisha has ever had.


Abhinaya Jagruti Institute of Theatre (AJIT) is a professional group of the theatre professionals and lovers. The goal of the group is to publicize theatre in the modern world. The idea was not only to bring the mass to the auditorium but also to convey social messages in a realistic manner. The idea was to put forth a podium wherein talents would be exposed, literature unveiled and tradition, folk and culture showcased.

The institute was started on January 20th, 2001 by theatre artistes, mostly the students of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalya, with a motto of reaching the mass through their talent and also celebrating their Guru, noted theatre and cine celebrity of Odisha Mr. Ajit Das’s birthday in a unique fashion. “AJIT” began its first chapter on 20.01.01 by staging an Odia classic “ANUPRASA”. Subsequently this group was registered under the Society Act in Nov, 2004.

The organization trains Amateurs and also works towards promoting awareness through street plays. Under this mission they have staged about 7000 street plays for eradication of leprosy, Malaria, creating awareness on consumerism, IMR and MR, Chikangunea, Sunstroke etal.

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Director & Playwright : S. M. Azhar Alam
Group : Little Thespian
Language : Urdu
Duration : 100 mns.

Roohein is a play with multiple layers. The layers depict varied shades of struggle. Struggle between the past and the present, struggle between the new and the old, struggle of right and wrong, struggle of democracy against aristocracy. The play is a collage of a variety of emotions and human conflict which has a Cemetery or Kabristaan at the center where many spirits from the long lost past are still struggling to come to terms with the new order. And on the other hand the present is constantly struggling in dealing with the current situation because it knows that “happiness can never be achieved by hate”.

Director’s Note

What actually do we mean by “Ruling”? It is a game played by the ruler/king with his opposition. The general public is mere spectator, sometimes silent, sometimes emotional, restless and sometimes scared. In this game of politics one who rules from the head wins.

There are many halt to this game, in the end only one wins. But deep down in the womb of past, the future is breathing carefree because it knows there is a thinner line between darkness and light which is attached to humanity and that it is humanity that’s victorious in the end and on which rests the past, present and future of mankind.

Director and Playwright  

A set designer of repute and the founder of Little Thespian, S.M. Azhar Alam had acted in more than 70 plays, written & adapted 8 plays in Urdu and directed 35 major plays including plays for Rangkarmee, Shri Ram Centre, Delhi and many more plays for different colleges. He was also involved with Nepali Theatre and has worked with Nepali Folk Artistes of Darjeeling for five years and prepared two plays in Nepali (Raksi Ko Srishti Karta and Hayavadan).

His major directorial ventures are End Game, Mir Jafer, Roohein, Dhokha, Kabira Khada Bazar Mein, Rengti Parchhaiyan, Gainda, Patjhad, Lohakut, Chehre, Sawalia Nishan (Question Mark), Katha Collage-1, Hayavadan, Shuturmurgh, Roksi ko Srishti Karta etc.

He has designed sets for a number of theatre groups of Kolkata for plays such as Chehre (Rangkarmee), Ashaleen (Purab Pashchim), Cenemar Moto (Bratyojon) apart from set designs for all the plays of Little Thespian.

He has also played a leading role in a feature film “The four curses” (a Satyajeet Ray Film & Television Institute production) in 2006.

He was awarded the Best Playwright for the play “Namak Ki Guddia” (Urdu) in 2001 and Best Director Award for the play “Question Mark” (Hindi) in 2007 from Paschim Banga Natya Academy, Dept. of Culture, Govt. of West Bengal. Agha Hashra Kashmiri Award 2015, Nemichandra Jain Award for Best Playwright for play Roohein by Natrang Prathisthan in 2020, LIFFT India Honour Award 2020 etc.


About the theatre group Little Thespian

Established in 1994, September

Little Thespian is one of the foremost Hindi theatre group of Kolkata. The founders, Mr. S. M. Azhar Alam and Mrs. Uma Jhunjhunwala are on an unceasing effort towards building a pathway for Hindi/Urdu theatre amidst a strong influence of Bengali theatre. It offers audiences intellectually stimulating and socially relevant plays mounted with artistic skill and professionalism.

The Little Thespian believes that theatre should be thought provoking entertaining art & should be medium to motivate audience to think and act accordingly.

In a brief span of 28 years, it has made a colossal effort in promoting Hindi theatre by producing:

29 full length plays, 46 stories under Katha Manch (Story Theatre), 10 one-act plays under Natkhat Manch (Children’s Theatre) and 100+ stories & poetries under Qissa Khwani Manch (Dramatic Reading). It has been Organizing annual National Theatre festival “Jashn-E-Rang” now rechristened as Jashn-E-Azhar. The group publishes the only Urdu theatre magazine Rang Rasa, bi-annually. It organises Three month training course in “Dramatic reading of Story & Poetry” in Hindi apart from translating, adapting and transliterating plays and stories from English/Bengali to Hindi/Urdu.

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Director and Playwright : Sri Kaushik Chattopapadhyay
Group : Belgharia Avimukh, Kolkata, West Bengal
Language : Bengali
Duration : 105 Mns.


Our play, Kojagori, a dramatic adaptation of Howard Fast’s novel, Sailas Timberman, is  an effort to raise a voice of protest against gross misuse of power to serve the market forces in their continuing onslaught on nature in search of more and more profits.  The play shows how ordinary men like our protagonist, Sailesh Kashtho, can transform into a rebel by overcoming the fear-psychosis created by the ruthless tools of power.  His is not only the voice of protest but also the voice of sanity which reassures us again and again that there are people who will unfailingly keep the struggle for resistance alive. And by keeping the resistance alive, people like Sailesh Kashtho keep our hope for a more democratic world and environment alive.

Kojagori, the play opens up a window to an ordinary household to witness the birth of the determined dissenting voice in the threatened, traumatized body of an ordinary man.

Director’s Note

The ruling class throughout the world has sharpened their attack on the rights and privileges of the ordinary people. With each passing day they find it more and more difficult to express their opinions freely, act according to their beliefs without fear, and have unrestricted access to even the basic necessities of life.  This explains why there is war, famine, terrorist activities and intolerance afflicting the lives of the ordinary people all around the world. The ruler, afraid of any dissenting voice, does everything to gag it to silence, and the dissenter is charged with sedition. Kojagori, the play opens up a window to an ordinary household to witness the birth of the determined dissenting voice in the threatened, traumatized body of an ordinary man. The play can also be understood as a celebration of the birth cries of a rebel with a cause in an ordinary man’s consciousness. The play give us an opportunity  to figure out how we address our time, how we try to find the ground beneath our trembling feet and what functions of theatre we value as our own !

Director and Playwright

Sri Kaushik Chattopapadhyay, playwright, actor, director, teacher and writer, is an inhabitant of Shantipur, district Nadia, West Bengal by birth. From his very childhood, Sri Chattopadhyay was very fortunate to have an environment of theatre arround him which helps him a lot to think differently about the way of theatre he wants to do. In the 1986 he started his own group of theatre, Shantipur sanskritik , which created a different style of acting method. Still today, Sri Chattopadhyay, directs, acts, writes for Shantipur sanskritik along with directing in others groups througout West Bengal. Kaushik chattopadhyay got the prize for writing a drama in Sundaram’s full act drama writing competetion. “Chandragupta” a Minerva Reparetory ptoduction was directed by Kaushik Chattopadhyay, which was huge popular producttion of the Reparetory. Very recently he has directed “roktoupakhyan , “onshupot upakyan” and “baishe august” , “Naari gon “ , “Roktokorobi“. Being a member of Paschim Banga Natya Academy, External examiner of Rabindrabharati University, and an Invited lecturer of Sahitya Academy, he has done a lots of workshops, seminars on acting and his own way of teaching is very popular among his students. He was awarded with many a prizes for acting , direction and writing and this year he was awarded with the “Sri Shambhu Mitra award” by the Govt. of West Bengal.


BELGHARIA AVIMUKH was born only six years back. We, the members of Avimukh, come from different backgrounds and fur flung places in and beyond the city but share a common bond which thrives on our deep and unstinted   love for theatre. Theatre is where all of us belong to; theatre has been what sustains us, and theatre, as a medium of social communication, will continue to inspire us in future. Some of us have long theatre background while some youngsters among us are newcomers. All of us, however, intend to search for a space of our own in terms of the kind of theatre we intend to do. Our first play, KOJAGORI, is a step on that direction, a conscious tryst with our own time.

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Director : Ujjala Barman
Group : Angana Guwahati
Language : Hindi
Duration : 1hr. 15min.


The play Godan, based on the ups and downs of farmers’ life, is a true reflection of Indian society, based on Premchandra’s famous novel “Godan”. Hori and Dhaniya are the main characters of the play, and there is a cow in this family, which both daughters Roopa and Sona loved very much. Even today cows are worshiped in rural areas. And in whose house there is a cow, it is considered to be the abode of Lakshmi. When the cow came to Hori’s house for the first time, the villagers were happy along with the whole family. Hori and Dhaniya were living a happy life with their 3 children, but the condition of the house became worse due to poor farming. Even the only cow had to be sold. Hori does not sell the cow but one day his brother Heera kills the cow by poisoning it.

The rich people of the village take advantage of the poverty of Hori. Seeing his family hungry, Hori goes to wage. There is nothing in his house even for donating (Godan) in the last time of Hori. Dhaniya earns 20 paise by selling twine (Sutli), from that she donates.

Director’s Note

Premchand’s Godan belongs to years old society where farmers were exploited. The poor are always poor and the rich are always rich. The farmers did all of the hard work, and rich enjoyed everything. The same situation prevails in the society even today. Farmers grows crop by working hard, but sometimes they will not even have a grain of Luck.

Through Godan play, we tried making a  small effort for the people  who actually give us two time-meal.


Ujjala Barman was born in Khanamukh village, in Assam. She graduated from National school of Drama (NSD) with specialization in acting in 2005. She has worked with NSD Repertory company as an Artiste. She has worked as a resource person for the theatre workshops organized by the NSD Extension programme in different places of India like Itanagar University (Arunachal Pradesh), Laitkore (Meghalaya), Guwahati, Delhi. She has worked as a acting faculty at Anupam Kher’s ‘Actor prepears’, Mumbai (from 2008 to 2009).

She has also been awarded junior fellowship in theatre by the Ministry  of  Culture, Government of India (2007 -2008).

She is associated with ANGANA theatre for last 14 years. Now she is doing theatre in Assam, and as well as other states of India .


“ANGANA” is a cultural organization which has been working continuously for the last 14 years. The main aim of this organization is to make the people of our society aware of the reality, to cope up with the different changes and also to provide them with the source of entertainment and relaxation. We do not believe in discriminating and prejudices regarding status, race, profession etc. and always try to work together in harmony.

The organization does not follow any specific age limit. In fact even a small child to an old personality can be a part of the organization. ‘ANGANA’ is an amateur theatre group which organizes workshops from time to time.

‘ANGANA’ strives to hold back the lost culture and literature of the country by organizing workshops and drama productions.

Our notable plays are   Rupalim, Madi aur Pehchan,  Phir maine woh sapna dekha, Sheet basant, Kafan and Licence, Maniram Dewan, Bibhranta Rang, Maa Sadhu Eta Kuwana and Godan.

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Abhibadon Macbeth, “the evil insight”

Director : Jyoti Narayan Nath
Playwright : William Shakespeare
Group : Anubhav, The Actors Guild
Language : Assamese & English
Duration : 70 Mtns.


The play “Abhibadon Macbeth: the evil insight” is based on the finest and evergreen creation of William Shakespeare- named Macbeth, The play has all the characters which existed in the main drama namely Macbeth, lady Macbeth, three witches and Haekatey. The witch-like negative qualities that resides within us, often misguides us for immediate escalation of our desire and desperate wishes, and provokes us to take a path that actually dooms us. The characters of the drama symbolize the same. So, without any alteration of time and situation, a gentle attempt is made to represent the actual performing text. Macbeth himself takes a backseat in our retelling of this Shakespearean tragedy, as the Weird Sisters also known as the three witches determine Macbeth’s fate in this classic twisted plot full of power, hunger and, unparalleled ambitions. Something wicked this way comes!

Director’s Note

“Abhibadan Macbeth” is an attempt to adapt Shakespeare’s classic play, Macbeth by situating it in today’s sociopolitical scenario of the state of Assam. By situating it in the contemporary times, we seek to bring forth issues of great socio political importance, that had once plagued Assam, but now seem to be forgotten, and, on the verge of making a comeback. Political issues of the state like secret killings merge with the storyline of Macbeth to put forth a commentary on those, who work in the lobbies of power, and forever exploit the masses for their benefit. Rejecting determinism, here the three witches weave a web of Macbeth’s own making, that ultimately traps him in his quest for ambitions and power. Through the use of various theatrical devices like puppets, projections and innovative set and sound design, we seek to make a much needed commentary on today’s state of affairs.


Born in 1972, Jyoti Narayan Nath a graduate from National School of Drama, New Delhi is a freelancer actor and director and theatre trainer. He has been Practicing theatre since early nineties in 1999 he joined National School of Drama. After passing out from NSD Jyoti organized ANUBHAV, an actors guild and Directed, and acted in plays like Rakta Karabi of Rabindra Nath Tagor, Golpanaat of Manuj Goswami and Tapan Das Basantaakou Aahibo of  Dr. Jayanta Das, White Nights of Dostoyvsky, The Miser of Moliere, Bhootkanda(The Imp and the Peasent’s bread of Leo Tolostoy), Post Master of Rabindra Nath Tagor, Romeo-Juliet ‘N’ TRP  written by Minakshi Goutam inspired by William Shakespeare, Pokhila, of Imran Hussain and Baxanta Nixar Xapun (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) of William Shakespeare and Abhibadan Macbeth “the evil inside (Macbeth) of William Shakespeare Anubhav has been invited to various theatre festivals in Assam and other parts of India including Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Rashtriya Poorvottar rang utsav & North East theatre festival  organized by National School of Drama. Apart from theatre Jyoti is involved in visual media as an actor and director as well.

Jyoti is well known as a theatre trainer and expert in teaching methodology. He has been involved more than 30 theatre workshops organized by NSD extension programme, and other organizations, as camp director and as visiting faculty. Jyoti is associated with National School or Drama, Sikkim sector as visiting faculty. Jyoti has been attached to Spastics Society, Blind School, and Eco-conservation theatre. He has been awarded junior fellowship for the study of the folk theater of Assam by Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.


The group Anubhav is a guild of acting artistes, involved in creative pursuits, concerned with theatre and its allied art forms. The guild aims at contributing to the evaluation of a neo theatre language, defying popular and stereotypical perceptions. Since its inception in 2002, the prime aspiration of Anubhav (The Actor’s Guild) is to introduce elements of Assamese theatre at a global level. The group has produced several plays like Raktakorobi of Rabindra Nath Tagore, White Nights of Dostoyevsky, Enai Lok Kato Dekha Nai (The Miser) of Moliere, The Postmaster of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Romeo Juliet N TRP (Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) of Minakhshi Goutam, Pokhila of Imran Hussain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream of Shakespeare, The saga of a Tiger, Abhibadan Macbeth and more other original Assamese play.

Anubhav has participated in various National and International theatre festival like Theatre Olympics, Bharat Rang Mahotsav, New Delhi, Lucknow, Octave festivals, Amritsar, Bhopal, Jaipur, North East theatre festival, New Delhi, Bangalore, Poorvottar Nat Somaroh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Agaratala, Gangtak and more others.