Alankar Theatre's 02 Day Theatre Festival in New Delhi (25-26 August, 2017)


Explore the 2017 Alankar Theatre's Delhi Festival - 02 days of live performance showcasing two of the best productions, engaging and provocative work.

Play Name : THE FIRST TEACHER


Directed By : Chakresh Kumar
Written By : Chingiz Aitmatov
Hindi Translation By : Manju Yadav
Duration : 1 hr 10 Min
Language : Hindustani (Easily understandable Brij Bhasha)
Date : 25th August, 2017
Time : 07:30 PM
Venue : Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi
Entry Ticket : Tickets INR 100/300/500 (available at BookMyShow). Click here to book tickets.

Cast : Sachin Bhatt, Prashant Mehra, Deepanshu Sharma, Nikhil Modi, Tejinder Singh, Hrishabh Sharma, Rajat Narad, Manju Yadav, Archana Yadav
Lighting : Chakresh Kumar
Songs Lyrics : Manju Yadav
Music : Sachin Bhatt, Chakresh Kumar


About Play: THE FIRST TEACHER

This play is based on a novel written by Russian writer 'Chingiz Aitmatov' in year 1962. The director has related the story of a city in Russia with the current situation of a city 'Mainpuri' in Uttar Pradesh, India. The play is about the struggle of a teacher sent to a village by a Government Organization to teach the ignorant masses. But the villagers, instead of cooperating with him, refuse to help and do not even let their children go to school. There is a 14 year old girl Sangeeta, an orphan, who is fascinated by the teacher and his knowledge. The girl lives with her uncle-aunt and fall preys to their backward mindset that makes her marry an old man in exchange of lots of money. The teacher fights with all odds to rescue her from the problems. He then sends the girl to the city for studies only to make her a successful person when she is grown-up. The play sends a strong message of women empowerment, girl education and a fight against ignorance, backward mind set of the society which still persists in many places of our country.


Play Name : THIRU NANGAI


Directed By : Chakresh Kumar
Play Inspired By : Mahendra Bhishm’s ‘Kinnar Katha’ & Paru Madan Nayak's 'Mai kyun Nahi'
Duration : 1 hr 10 Min
Language : Hindustani (Hindi with Rajasthani flavour)
Date : 26th August, 2017
Time : 07:30 PM
Venue : Shri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi
Entry Ticket : Tickets INR 100/300/500 (available at BookMyShow). Click here to book tickets.

Cast : Mohit Sharma, Deepanshu Sharma, Hrishabh Sharma, Nikhil Modi, Gourav Kamboj, Sachin Bhatt, Tejinder Singh, Manju Yadav, Promila Thapa, Priya Rajput, Prashant Mehra, Jyoti Sania, Tushar Khanna, Shamsheer Dhanoa, Anmol Sidhu, Rajat Narad
Lighting : Chakresh Kumar


About Play: THIRU NANGAI

'Thiru Nangai' is the story of a young transgender Chanda, who has been living in a Dera with other transgenders since shortly after her birth. She lives happily with the Dera-mates and they too are equally concerned about her. However, fortune plays its role and Chanda's life turns on its head when she gets to know about her biological family. She becomes hell bent to meet her family (a royal one) and is strongly retaliated by the head of the Dera, Tara (her guardian, her mentor and a mother-figure). Tara stops Chanda from meeting them as such an encounter would most certainly have catastrophic consequences. Chanda, on the other hand, despite all the resistance, meets her family and what follows is a turn of events that reflects how transgenders are treated in our society. The play is subtle in its depiction of the plight of the transgenders and an in-your-face spectacle of a spectrum of emotions of a despised community which is as human as you and me.




About Director: Chakresh Kumar

Born in Bakhtyarpur, Etawahdistt.,UttatPradesh, India, spent his early age at his native place. His father is army personnel. Being a son of army man, he travelled a lot in his life. His interest in theatre developed when he was in 9th standard and after that there was no looking back for him. He completed his post-graduation from Indian Theatre Dept. of PANJAB University, Chandigarh.

He has been into serious theatre in the Tricity for the last 15 years. He's participated in varied festivals like SangeetNatak Academy Theatre Festivals (2009, 2011, 2012), Katha Manchan, Chandigarh 2009, National Theatre Festival in Kurukshetra, Multi Art Culture Centre (2011) and the National Children Theatre Festival in Patna (2012 & 2013). He designed tribal dance capsules for Andaman Nicobar, Himachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh for Sri Ravi Shankar's event in Kalagram (2010), and also designed a 'Film City' for ITFT College for the Chandigarh Carnival (2010). He represented Delhi SangeetNatak Academy at Rang Pratibha Theatre Festival in Patiala, 2012 & more. He has worked with renowned personalities of Indian theatre. He has also taught at the ITFT College, Chandigarh.

He found ALANKAR THEATRE in year 2005. In year 2012, Alankar theatre was registered in Chandigarh. Alankar theatre has performed in various cities in India, being it Patna, Lucknow in East, Patiala, Chandigarh, and Delhi in North, Kerala in South or Jabalpur, Indore in middle part of India.

Chakresh Kumar also worked as faculty at “My Dream Academy”, Mohali (Punjab) along with reputed celebrities of Bollywood and Indian Theatre like Dr. Neelam Man Singh Choudhury, Dolly Ahluwalia, Kamal Tiwari etc. Chakresh Kumar has also been awarded Ustad Bismillah khan Yuva Puraskar by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.



About Alankar Theatre

ALANKAR THEATRE is a renowned name in Chandigarh theatre. In past 10 years, it has played an integral part in spreading awareness of social issues among people via drama and a number of street plays.

It is an organization which provides platform to those who are interested to work on social issues through the medium of Theatre. The aim of the group has always been to work towards the betterment of society by implementing the best of theatre. Alankar Theatre consists of youth actors and directors who have the zeal to make a difference. The associated youth get an opportunity to enhance their knowledge that further provides an excellent platform catering to the social needs of different types of existing communities. By doing so, a healthy relationship among people worldwide is developed through a framework of educational theatre.

ALANKAR THEATRE was found by Chakresh Kumar in year 2005. In year 2012, Alankar theatre was registered in Chandigarh. Alankar theatre has produced more than 20 different plays including ‘Maut Kyu Nahi Aati’, ‘One or the Part of two’, ‘Thought’, ‘Ji Aaya Sahab’, ‘Andha Yug’, ‘Ram Sajeevan ki Prem Katha’, ‘Parsai Ki Duniya’, ‘Mandir’, ‘Ek Ladki Paanch Deewane’, ‘Phate Gulab Jamun’, ‘The First Teacher’ and award winning play ‘Poster’. Alankar Theatre has performed in various cities of India, being it Patna, Lucknow, Patiala, Chandigarh, Delhi, Ambala, Uttrakhand, kerala, Jabalpur, Indore etc.

Alankar Theatre has been actively performing street plays to create social awareness among the masses. It has produced more than 20 different street plays including Gagan da mama Bajiyo, Koshish Jaari hai, Safai Ki Ladaai, Matdaan Zaroori Hai etc. for which more than 1000 performances has been done.

Alankar Theatre has performed theatre plays of many great Indian writers like Munshi Prem Chand, Dharamveer Bharti, Harishankar Parsai, Bhartendu Harishchandra, Piyush Mishra, Pratap Sehgal, Sahadat Hasan Manto, W. Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov etc. Alankar Theatre has produced more than 300 brilliant artists so far and conducted workshops for more than 1500 individuals. Group members of Alankar Theatre age from 14 years to 79 years. We owe to change the society in a positive way, create awareness among people through theatre dramas.


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