Munshi aur Manto
Chor, by Saadat Hassan Manto, presents a desperate man's world in first person. Performed by Kafeel, the story appealed to him for its performance potential and its clever play between farce and poignancy. Under the skin of its comic narrative, Chor raises disturbing questions on ethics and morality - where an ethical man is driven to immoral actions, but without any Raskolnikovian compunctions or consequences waiting for him in the end. A typical barefacedly amoral narrative from Manto. Still - like almost everything he wrote - as relevant to our time as when it was written over half a century ago.
Eidgah, a short story by Munshi Premchand, was first published in 1938, eighty years ago. And yet its emotive appeal still stands strong – sweeping us into that time of innocence when the world was still fresh in our eyes, and every experience it threw at us was still felt intensely. Few stories have managed to bring out that fresh encounter with the world as sensitively as Eidgah.
The performance is an interactive storytelling session performed by Vivek. It opens the world of its protagonist, Hamid – a sensitive and sensible child, overwhelmed with his first experience of navigating the world as an adult, and faced with a grave choice at its end. With its simple but raw and soulful narrative, the performance hopes to resensitize its audience’s skins to that time again when it throbbed to the lightest feathery intimations of distress – and joy.
Kafeel Jafri is a Bangalore based theatre artist. He has been a part of about plays, some of them being Chidiyon ka Pinjra, Satellite city, Yogi and the dancer, Stale news, Manto ki Kahaaniyan and Life and works of Faiz. He has also translated award winning plays Chidiyon ka Pinjra from English to Hindi. He has keen interest in Hindi and Urdu text based performances, because of which he has taken an initiative "Literature. Alive.", through which, he wants to explore staging of Classic Prose and poetry as stage performances.
An alumni of National School of Drama, Vivek Kumar is an actor, instructor and director. He has trained for many years in Red-nose Clowning, Chhau, Kudiyattam and Alexander Technique. He has been awarded by Inlaks India Foundation for his project called 'Process of a Performer'. In 2012, he won the Short & Sweet Theatre Festival (Delhi) in the Best Play and Best Director categories. Currently, he runs his theatre company "The Collaborators" and is working on an upcoming performance with international collaborations. He is also a visiting faculty at Whistling Woods international ( Mumbai) and Craft Film School, (Delhi).
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