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Event Info

Shri Ram Center
1 hour 10 mins
  • Language: Assamese & Gibberish
  • City / State: Assam
  • Directed By: Sahidul Haque
  • Produced By: Orchid Theatre
To be announced

The Old Man

An Assamese adaptation of a Hemingway classic, this play deals with the eternal conflict between human society and nature

An Assamese adaptation of the Hemingway classic, The Old Man the Sea, this play deals with the eternal conflict between human exploitation of nature and nature’s ways of coping with it. Themes of loneliness and isolation heighten the surrounding tumult.

An Assamese adaptation of a Hemingway classic, this play deals with the eternal conflict between human society and nature
The play opens acquainting the audience with the protagonist Vodai, who has gone 84 days without catching a fish. Vodai is considered the worst form of misfortune. Even his young apprentice Rongmon is advised to stay away. But, Rongmon visits Vodai every evening with food tales of his past.

Next day when Vodai ventures into the river, he puts up a brave fight with a big fish that takes his bait. When Vodai brings the fish home, it is devoured by crabs and shrimps on the way. He falls into a deep sleep upon reaching home. When he wakes up the following morning, he promises Rongmon to fish together once again.

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NIRANJAN NATH

Voice Over poem

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TAPAN KR BARUAH

Lights Design

CAST

 

Barnali Medhi
Chorus

Bikash Bangthai
Chorus

Himangshu Dewri
Chorus

Sahidul Haque
Chorus

 

CREW

Sahidul Haque
Concept, Design, Set Design, Choreography & Direction

Niranjan Nath & Dikha Moni Bora
Dramatize & text

Sonmoni  Sharma
Music Design

Tapan Kr Baruah
Lights Design

Bahniman Nath
Children voice over

Barnali Medhi
Costume & Get up

Rituraj Gogoi
Music Operation

​Bhaskar Jha
Subtitle ​T​ranslation

Mrigakshi Parasar
Subtitle ​O​perator

NIRANJAN NATH

NIRANJAN NATH

Niranjan Nath grew up in Sipajhar, Assam, and learnt the Ojapali dance form. He became a recipient of the Scholarship... for Young Artists in 2012, given by the Ministry of Culture to pursue research. He graduated from the National School of Drama with a specialisation in acting in 2017 and served the NSD Repertory Company as an actor for a year. Currently he works as a freelancer.

  1. Best Actor in a Lead Role (male)
SAHIDUL HAQUE

SAHIDUL HAQUE

Sahidul Haque is an actor, director, designer, and painter from Nagaon in Assam. He was an active practitioner of folk... theatre till college, after which his love for theatre led him to HCRFTA, Himachal Pradesh, where he trained. He joined the NSD TIE Co. as an actor-teacher for 7 years. During his tenure, he conducted various workshops for children, adults and teachers, devised plays and also performed in them. He has directed more than 35 plays in Hindi, English, Assamese, apart from ones which are non-verbal, and in dialects such as Tiwa and Rabha.  He has been part of many theatre festivals such as Bharat Rang Mahotsav, Poorvottar Natya Samaroh, Natasurjya Theatre Festival. He has also done set design for many productions and has worked under several national and international prominent theatre personalities.

  1. Best Director
  2. Best Stage Design
  3. Best Choreography
TAPAN KR BARUAH

TAPAN KR BARUAH

Tapan kr Baruah grew up in Gahpur, Assam, started working as a light designer in 2009. Since then he has... designed light for various productions which were showcased in different festivals like BRM, Theatre Olympics, SNA etc. He also teaches designing in different schools as guest faculty in Guwahati. Currently he is working as a freelancer.

  1. Best Light Design

The Old Man is a dramatic adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s classic The Old Man and the Sea in Assamese. The mighty Brahmaputra with its tributaries flows through Assam, a state in the North-East of India. It is the lifeline of the people of this valley. The river is witness to the several ups and downs in the lives of the people living around it. These are people who earn their livelihood and are dependent on the river directly or indirectly, either as fishermen, boatmen or as daily wage laborers. The play conveys how humans have destroyed nature for their greed and nature has begun to show its anger in retaliation in the form of disasters. The region around the Brahmaputra faces frequent floods and the conflict between human society and nature goes on year after year.

The play also deals with loneliness, a complex and unpleasant emotional response to isolation. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection and communication with others, both in the present moment and extending into the future. As people grow old, loneliness begins to manifest itself in their lives in different forms and at some point, the feeling becomes synonymous with one’s existence. However, even as a situation seems hopeless, life gifts us with the will power and grit to push ourselves mentally towards a stronger, more positive and optimistic world view.