This reviewer particularly liked the flamboyance of Salim’s character as portrayed through the acting of Karan Pandit. Pandit successfully managed to portray the subtle shifts in his character as they occurred through the play. Also, special mention needs to be made to the stage sets of ‘Baghdad Wedding’; even as the overall tone of the set is desert-like with shades of brown spread out all throughout, the sets really made the entire experience of a journey to Baghdad believable and immensely watchable.
Journey to Daakghar
‘Daakghar’ truly is a tale of resilience, of the power of imagination against all odds. Amol, even as he approaches his death, holds on to the idea of travel and experiencing the beauty of the world. ‘Journey to Daakghar’ brought forth these ideas in a slow paced, yet touching dramatization of ‘Daakghar’.
A classic play talking about the contemporary issues faced an by ordinary middle-class home in India, Adhe Adhure is ultimately a play about victims of circumstance, who are not innately demonic but are rendered so because of their pecuniary concerns and expectations of society.
Santaap, directed by Sandip Bhattacharya and produced by Rangasram started off stage, with the actors walking into the hall from the back door. The audience, caught unawares, watched a carnivalesque scene erupt amidst them, with the main characters of the play singing and dancing with abandon, walking to the stage, approaching a man onstage as surprised as the audience itself.
The play, adapted from Muktibodh’s work of the same name and directed by Praveen Kumar Gunjan, is a first person narrative of an unnamed man who, even as the play starts, is seen contemplating murder and suicide. These existential concerns are finally found to have roots in this unnamed man’s unemployment.
Sup – Ek Prahashan
If The 39 Steps stepped up the competition last evening, the Assamese play Sup – Ek Prahashan (directed by Ashim Kumar Sharma and produced by Akhara Gharnatya Prasikshan Kendra) started out on a note stronger than that of the first Meta evening. Quite literally, the stage came alive to the stunning choreographed movements of dancers who not only performed to the heady beat of various percussion instruments, but even played them live simultaneously. The three traditional drum beaters particularly stood out with their control over their instrument as well as the delicate hand movements that accompanied their dance.
The 39 Steps
The META awards opened this evening at Kamani Auditorium to the sounds of the haunting ‘beens’ of snake charmers from Haryana and Rajasthan. Keeping the inaugural ceremony brisk and short was Sanjoy Roy, the head of Teamworks. After the lamp was lit and the judges and guests of honour felicitated, the much awaited ‘The 39 Steps’ began playing to a packed audience.