Khela Natya Sansthan

About The Playwright(Original):

Anton ChekhovRussian writer Anton Chekhov is recognized as a master of the modern short story and a leading playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Through stories such as “The Steppe” and “The Lady with the Dog,” and plays such asThe Seagull and Uncle Vanya, the prolific writer emphasized the depths of human nature, the hidden significance of everyday events and the fine line between comedy and tragedy. Although The Boor  is one of Anton Chekhov’s lesser-known plays, this “Farce in One-Act,” as it is subtitled, is an excellent representative of its genre. Chekhov demonstrates how close (at times) is the relationship between anger and passion, and how strange and wonderful is the human condition.

Director’s note:

Namrata Sharma - Director of Khela Natya Sansthan

Namrata Sharma Jape – Director of Khela Natya Sansthan

 Script, Scenography and Direction Adaptation

After the inexorable and honest statement of my last play Ho Rahega……I wanted to work on something vibrant and flavorful. On reading ‘The Boor’ I could imagine the collage of colors, feelings, music, dances and cultural glimpses. Following my directorial instincts, I have added several scenes, characters and situations laced with humor and regional flavor. The selection of Rajasthani language seemed inevitable for this theme besides fulfilling my cherished desire to write in my own regional tongue. Along with all these features, this play intends to release subtle messages about a fragile human condition and crumbling chauvinism. In the end, Chhatikuto will leave its viewer pondering over a crucial question – Do I know myself? Scenography Designing for ‘Chhatikuto’ has been a pleasurable experience. The costumes and accessories are all combinations of vibrant shades as Rajasthan compensates its nude desert hue with colorful apparel and embellishments. The mela scene gave me great opportunity to display festivities. I am very thankful to Ms Vineeta Chauhan, my friend for sharing valuable inputs about interiors of Rajput havelis and costumes. I have used warm colors for romance, comedy and emotionally charged scenes. I have given royal touches to the haveli while rustic feel to the mela. I have also used a magic garden area, moon and mirror in both locales for special effects. Direction ‘Chhatikuto’ is about the doubtfulness of human feelings. It is a farcical romantic comedy woven around a strange incident. As a director, I could well imagine the hilarious outcome of seemingly simple movements and popular prejudices about male and female psychology.  Actor’s training absorbed a lot of time as the assortment of human passions displayed during the plot required strong emotional acting.  It aims to entertain and amuse the viewers with its vivacious and joyful fervor, subtly provoking them to ponder about the fine line between love and hate, anger and passion and the wonderful human predicament. Sometimes a single moment is enough for translating hatred into love.

Chhati Kuto Photo Poster

Chhati Kuto Photo Poster

‘Chhatikuto’ is about the improbability of human feelings. It is a farcical romantic comedy woven around a strange incident that takes place between a beautiful and bold Rajput widow and a short tempered but emotional retired soldier turned farmer from the village. This play is an assortment of human emotions laced with Rajasthani cultural colors, folk music, dance, and passionate romance. It aims to entertain and amuse the viewers with its vivacious and joyful fervor, subtly provoking them to ponder about the fine line between love and hate, anger and passion and the wonderful human predicament.

 

Photographs:

Chhatikuto

Chhatikuto

Chhatikuto

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Chhatikuto

Chhatikuto

Shows/Events: 

1st Show: 22 December 2015, St. Xavier College, Jaipur on. (Click here for Media Coverage)

2nd Show 25 December 2015, Pink City Press Club, Narayan Singh Circle, Jaipur on 12:30 PM. (Click here for Media Coverage)

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