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Hyderabad emerged as the cultural nucleus of India with the decline of the Mughals. Also, the fall of Delhi in 1857 prompted the relocation of performing artists from the north and the west of the sub-continent into the city, thus contributing to its rich cultural milieu. As observed by Isaac Goldberg, “There is the smaller world that is the stage and the larger stage that is the world”. This observation outlines the subtle yet overwhelming role of theatre in our lives. The actors involved in theatre do a commendable job in portraying every emotion and every facet of existence in all its glory. Although theatres in Hyderabad is in its post-amateur stage, the state government promotes multiple programmes, festivals, and plays in Hyderabad in famous venues as Ravindra Bharati, Shilpakala Vedika and Lalithakala Thoranam. Theatre groups in Hyderabad are on a positive slope of fame and participation and organize some of the top theatre plays in Hyderabad.
Go treat your soul to the original theatre plays by Samahaara in their packed houses if you crave for mind-blowing performances. Samahaara is one of the best theatre groups in India that has touched every aspect of theatre, be it workshops, festivals or collaborations all over the world. The Bhoomika Theatre Group has been striving since 1989 to meet and address the changing needs of society through its 100+ plays in both Hindi and Telugu. Who knew that a group of young, aspiring actors and voice artists would go on to create the wonderful amalgamation of a Theatre Group, a Casting House and an acting school- Sutradhar. Surabhi is a unique institution, which has led a nomadic life by performing dramas for more than 127 years. The Nishumbita Theatre and Ballet Group was formed in 1995 to promote the twin values of dance and theatre. It has been consistently hosting Indian and Western plays, many of which got featured in National and International Film Festivals. The Qadar Ali Baig Theatre Foundation has been credited with taking the Hyderabadi theatre to the global stage. Lamakaan- Hyderabad’s Open cultural centre is a fun place but also serious about being inclusive, liberal and open to different activities. It’s packed with events all over the year and organizes some of the most awaited theatre events and shows. The upcoming play Hatak is already gaining wide popularity notwithstanding that it touches upon some sensitive societal issues. The Little Theatre is yet another performing arts theatre which is popular among theatre-lovers. The film and Television Institute of Hyderabad initially imparted multimedia education, but now it is fully devoted to acting classes and direction related courses.
The annual Hindu-Theatre Fest is a platform showcasing the best of contemporary and classic plays and is held in Hyderabad every year amidst enthusiastic crowds. The Ranga Shankara Theatre Festivals taps on the theme, ‘plays that almost weren’t’ and features plays that faced censorship at some point in different parts of the world. Their unleash makes the loudest of noise as they had been subdued throughout. The Qadar Ali Baig Theatre Festival was started in 2005 and has returned every year henceforth to offer breath-taking performances and plays in Hyderabad by eminent arts personalities. The Hyderabad International Film Festival provides a common platform for the projection of global excellence of film art in order to facilitate a better understanding of the culture and ethics idiosyncratic to different nations.