Category Archives: Performing Arts
Tonight concert of Brighu Sahni filled up the room at Pitanga Cultural Centre with friends, and all those who were aspiring to an interesting evening of good music. In a playful tone Brighu brought up different styles of his musical voyage, calling them tuning. But in all was a subtone of mellow, nostalgic memory playing through versatility of guitar, so skillfully mastered by Brighu. Bhrigu Sahni is an Indian Guitarist and Composer based out of Brooklyn, New York. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music, he has had the honor of playing with acclaimed artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Meshell Ndegeocello, Bollywood Songstress Shalmali Kholgade, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), Karsh Kale and Pakistani Rocker Atif Aslam. He is currently working as composer and guitar player with various artistes (Arooj Aftab/ Maddela,etc) in addition to being a highly coveted recording artist and composer for independent and commercial cinema. He firmly believes in music as a catalyst for social change and works with Dharavi Rocks and Make A Difference (M.A.D.), by teaching music to underprivileged and highly talented slum kids in Mumbai (Dharavi) and Pune.
This time the trio wonder about a variety of topics such as the silence of the newly elected Land-board, organization and what are the next steps in crime punishment, confessions and reintergration. They also comment on recent Auronet discussions regarding moving the Inutshuk, freedom of speech and responsibility, and wonder on the overall effectiveness and use of the forums among other issues such as petitions etc.
Forum-Three Theatre Group Group from Banglore shared with Auroville audience last night at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India, International Zone a musical play based on Bertolt Brechts Schweyk in the Second World War.
Excellent acting brought to us scenes from II. World War in Prauge where at local tavern Schweik and his friends are trying their best to survive and keep a healthy humor even in war times.
Choreography: Sachin Kumar
Production control: Sangeeta Ghoshal
Directed by Ranjon Ghoshal
The Forum-Three Theatre Group operates out of Bangalore for the last 38 years, pushing the city's theaterscape towards new boundaries in production values, content and inclusive community spirit. From Beckett to Badal Sircar, from Girish Karnad to Arun Mukherjee, they have been continuously widening their repertoire. The latest production is fashioned as a war musical based on "Schweyk in the Second World War" by Bertolt Brecht who has been immensely important in shaping contemporary theater across the globe.
Scweyk - Sihi Kahi Chandru
Baloun - Vijay Sharma
Prochazka - Jurgen Nigli
SS Man - Praloy Dey
Brettaschneider - Sagnik Sinha
Bullinger&Chaplain - Shkehar Sanyal
Hitler - Koushik Roy
Himmler - Debassis Chakraborty
Goebbles - Aryaman Chakraborty
Mrs. Kopecka - Madusree Baral
Anna - Pooja Gupta
Kati - Anasuya Sanyal
Lady customer - Nilanjana Chakraborty
Crew: Violin Sudipto Das, Keyboard - Aditya Vittal, Audio control - Satyarup Siddhanta, Lightning control - Hari Ravikumar, Backstage Shanklita Das, Anup vital Make up - Nagraju P, Music support - Bipasha Vittal Production, Production control - Snageeta Ghoshal, Audio visual design - Shekar Sanyal, Costume design - Sangeeta Ghoshal, Nazi costumes - Debasis Charaborty, Production coordination - Nilanjana Chakraborty, Music direction&scoring - Sudipto Das, Shoreography - Sachin Kumar, Direction - Ranjon Ghosal
Acknowledgements - Bharat Nivas Team, Didier Druesne, Tapas Bhatt, Jean Legrand, Van Heusen, KC Das, Bangalore School of Speech&Drama, Sulanga Halder, Oxyhrnfanz Company.
Schweik in the Second World War (Schweyk im Zweiten Weltkrieg) is a play by German dramatist and poet Bertolt Brecht. It was written by Brecht in 1943 while in exile in California, and is a retelling of the 1923 novel "The Good Soldier Vejk" by Jaroslav Haek.
In The Tenth Head, Adishakti presents an old story ten heads of Ravana the king of Lanka whereby they become a metaphor for the tension that exists between the individual and the collective. In the play, nine of ten heads of Ravana are a company who are quite happy o conform to a common way of seeing things. Their individuality is limited to each representing one of the nine emotions/ bhavas, from the traditional Indian aesthetic. The tenth however is the odd man out. He does not fir in graphically or psychologically with the other nine head
As usual without any preparation or any clear direction the trio adventure through a variety of eventual events, conflicts and ideals. This week subjects cover the Inutshuk, unwanted development and our organization (as usual), Christmas and stress related illness and its eventual costs to the community.
Last night at Visitor Centre in International Zone South Korea Creative School - Travelling School shared with us their last performance.
Within nine months of their traveling school year Korean youth traditionally stops within their global path also at Auroville for a month. Yesterday energetic youngsters showed their skills in body percussion, Brazilian ecstatic drumming and few interpretation of pop songs.
Audience was thrilled with their last piece of drumming, which called for bodies to shake.
Argentine Tango has been growing for the past six years through out India. Auroville is one of its central hubs. Over the years a group of about 30 enthusiasts have gathered in the international township, to study and to dance. March 2015 will see the 4th Edition of the Auroville Holi Tango Festival. Here is an interview with two of the Auroville tango teachers Jorge and Aurevan, sharing their experience and their vision of Argentine tango, and their personal growth through this art. The images are a summary of the evolution of tango in Auroville over the past few years. For details regarding classes, milongas or the yearly festival: Email : firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Group : Tango in Auroville, India Facebook Event : Auroville Holi Tango Festival 2015, INDIA !!!
Last night at Sri Aurobindo Auditorium, Bharat Nivas, Pavilion of India in International Zone classical comedy Odd Couple by Neil Simon made numerous audience laugh.
Two suddenly single pals a sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer?? strain their friendship by turning roommate and unconsciously repeating the same mistakes they made in the marriages they just left.
Excellent acting of Otto as Oscar Madison and Krishna as Felix Ungar with Lyle, Richard, Hamish, Kripa and Elke.
Play was put on the stage by Francesca.
Repetition are still on tonight and on Sunday night at 8pm.
The off the cuff trio celebrate the Auroville Radio 10th year of existence by sharing the news from the future in the city of our dreams-, the city the world needs. It is Sri Aurobindo's 64th Maha-samadhi and for no particular reason a joyous nonsense fills us with the hope of our dreams as we speak of the realities that our hearts yearn to manifest.
Oct 25th The Genius brother's entertained a packed audience at the visitors center with show that resolves our Governance and other pending issues in Auroville. You can listen to some highlights in the beginning of the recording and the 1 hour show follows.