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1. Serendipity Arts Virtual Festival

What – Online Festival
When – Until 21st December 2020

Where – Register here: Serendipity Arts Festival website

Helped by their team of genre-shifting curators and artists, Serendipity is happy to bring to you this accessible online festival. Over the last few months, they have pondered on what it means to treat the internet as “site/s”— dynamic spaces that reveal as much as they conceal; as incidents that prompt action, thought, and response. SA Virtual is the co-exploration of these and many other questions raised by curators and artists. Join them for a series of internet-based programmes including interactive performances, workshops, and panel discussions.

2. Black Box – Staged @ RS

What – Online Performance
When – 7th – 13th December 2020


Directed by Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry

Performed by Vansh Bhardwaj

Craving food, a simple meal, but only managing a sandwich that perhaps was donated in a food packet. Humanity asserts itself when the protagonist shares his frugal meal with a stray dog. Imagining the taste of home-cooked food as he munches on a sandwich, salivating at the memory of his mother’s cooking, playing at eating his favourite foods, realising that everything is shut, and no one is spared.

A solo performance without text can be tough. Words, numbers, dates became the text and the running leitmotif of the play. Numbers created a conversation that ranged from anger to wonderment, humour, loss, helplessness, disgust – a language of numbers was created. “Let’s go for a walk”. “Hello, is anyone there?” were played and replayed, layered and stripped made to collate and collide with emotions of loss, desperation, yearning, touch, smell and sound. But within that, the actor creates affirmations, sets up a stage – what else can an actor do? Storytelling – songs of kings and courtiers, of deals within deals, anything and everything to keep the imagination and sanity intact and alive. His audience is the dog and the sparrow. To touch the rain and feel it on his skin, he simulates rain, keeps sanity, insanity sanitised and alive. Survival, hope, and dreams, need to be constantly negotiated, no matter how dark the times.

3. Jairangam Theatre Festival

What – Online Festival
When – Uptil 27th December 2020


Jairangam brings to you a spectrum of experiences – from plays to workshops, and from cultural performances to panel discussions. This year has brought a thunderstorm of uncertainty, and we, at Jairangam, strive to help ease this consternation with the warmth of arts & culture. They say, “Home is where the heart is,” and this year we bring our Home to yours. Register and experience theatre like never before.

4. Acting Ka Keeda – Online Workshops @ Prithvi

What – Workshop
When – 7th – 11th December 2020


Workshop conducted by Trishla Patel and Hidayat Sami

If you have the acting ka keeda in you and want to get into the the very basics of acting, then join us to – Focus, Breathe and Speak. These exercises help you take baby steps into the field of acting and is open even for actors who just want to revisit the basics. Focus on dialogue, understanding and communicating the text and clarity of speech is the centre of our workshop and a way to awaken the acting wala Keeda.

5. Bade Miyan Deewane

What – Theatre Performance
When – 8th and 9th December 2020

Where – Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai

Writer: Imran Rasheed, Farukh Seyyer & Pawan Uttam
Director: Imran Rasheed

Cast: Imran Rasheed, Yasir Khan, Muzammil Qureshi, Akriti Singh , NishaDhar,   Mohd. Khaleeq, BarkhaSwaroop, KhushbooAtre,VijayataSaran, Varun Kumar & Nishchal Sharma

The play is essentially about a rich eccentric octogenarian who is used to living a luxurious and flamboyant life and is swept off his feet by a beautiful young girl in his neighbourhood, who incidentally is also the love interest of his son.

6. Akvarious @ Prithvi

What – Theatre Performances
When – 10th -13th December 2020

WherePrithvi Theatre, Mumbai

Akvarious Productions, celebrating their 20th year, are presenting four of their plays at the Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai. The schedule –

Dec 10th – Covid or Without You – A Lockdown Revue
Dec 11th – Internal Affairs
Dec 12th – Dekh Behen

Dec 13th – What Planet Are You On?

7. I Don’t Like It As You Like It

What – Online Play
When – 12th and 13th December 2020

Directed by Rajat Kapoor
Produced by Cinematograph for Aadyam

The Cast – Aadar Malik, Cyrus Sahukar, Faezeh Jalali, Joy Fernandez, Rytasha Rathore, Shruti Vyas, Vinay Pathak

A group of clowns is trying to put up Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’. The director of the troupe is distressed because he neither likes the play (which he says, is not a comedy – just two laughs and a death away from tragedy), nor is he very fond of the inept clowns who insist on hamming. Plus, they don’t have a rehearsal space anymore. They decide to move to the forest.

As if things were not bad enough, the director has a moment of epiphany. ‘Shakespeare made Rosalind Ganymede. What an underachiever. I will make all the men play women, and all the women play men.’, he says.

8. Poetry With Prakirti

What – Poetry Reading
When – 12th December 2020

With Ranjit Hoskote

Ranjit Hoskote is a poet, translator, cultural theorist and curator based in Bombay. His seven collections of poetry include Vanishing Acts (Penguin, 2006), Central Time (Penguin/ Viking, 2014), Jonahwhale (Penguin/ Hamish Hamilton, 2018) and, most recently, The Atlas of Lost Beliefs (Arc, 2020). Hoskote’s translation of a celebrated 14 th -century Kashmiri woman mystic’s poetry has appeared as I, Lalla: The Poems of Lal Ded (Penguin Classics, 2011). He has been honoured with the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Award and the Sahitya Akademi Translation Award. His poems have been translated into German, Hindi, Bangla, Marathi, Irish Gaelic, Swedish, Spanish and Arabic.

9. New Writing Podcast: Munshi Premchand

What – Podcast
When – 13th December 2020

Written by: Yashwant Shekhawat
Based on Shivrani Devi’s Memoir “Premchand Ghar Mein”

Series Director: Sukant Goel

“The legendary writer was mine, and I, his. Where there is intimacy, there is no place for greatness, because the relationship is bigger than the legend. I was blinded by our intimacy, and I dominated him. And he was happy to be dominated. He came to me as my husband, how could I revere him? If I did I would worship him with flowers and paan, but instead that’s how he worshipped me. He would fan me when I couldn’t sleep, he’d run errands for me … you see, love and reverence cannot exist together.”

So wrote Munshi Premchand’s wife, Shivrani, in her famous autobiography, Munshi Premchand Ghar Me, a rare insight into the private world of the legendary writer. Yashwant Shekhawat uses the autobiography as the base for a play which illuminates little known nuances about Premchand the man, and the unusual relationship he shared with his wife Shivrani, herself a writer of repute.

10. Crucible – KCC Art Laboratory

What – Opportunity
When – Applications close 13th December 2020

WhereKolakata Centre for Creativity website 

With the pandemic altering the world, our sense of space shifted drastically. Spaces of public gathering closed limiting us to the home space – that resulted in the exploration of known, smaller spaces as performance spaces. The physical space that we understood as performance space, got squeezed. While the small window in our telecommunication device connects us with a new space abundance named the virtual/ cyberspace – our physical enclosure stays restricted between the frames of our devices. On the other hand, there are conversations questioning gender, caste, religion-based ideologies and the ideas of human rights and freedom of expression.

Recognising these phenomena Kolkata Centre for Creativity invites project applications for its upcoming multidisciplinary laboratory “Crucible” (the name does not intend to draw any association with the famous Arthur Miller play “The Crucible”). This laboratory will facilitate 2 performance projects that are negotiating the questions around these phenomena.

– A grant of INR 50000.00 towards to creation of the project.

– Hosting of 1 grand run and the showcase of the final creations at KCC space in Kolkata (physical performance and video screening).

11. Once Upon A Tide

What – Performance
When – 12th and 13th December 2020

Part of The Hyderabad Children’s Theatre Festival
Directed by Art Apart

Produced by Art Apart & ThinkArts

‘Once Upon a Tide’ is the tale of a family of eight hundred turtles spread all across the world, and their father who turns a hundred years old. To celebrate, these eight hundred siblings embark on a grand adventure to gather together at Velas, on the coast of India. This is their journey! This piece is a celebration of Diego, the real Giant Tortoise from the Galapagos who turned hundred earlier this year. In a breeding program, Diego was responsible for siring a whopping eight hundred offspring in his hundred years, thus reviving this otherwise endangered species.

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