Prithvi Theatre's 'Thespo' festival brings together artists from across India on one stage

The fest will see a string of workshops conducted by theatre veterans, live music performances in the evenings and smaller, fringe theatre performances between December 18 and 24

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Thespo Festival at Prithvi Theatre is known for bringing talented young theatre groups from across the country every year, on one stage. This year, being its 19th edition into spreading the love for theatre, Thespo ushered in plays from Lucknow, Delhi, Ahmednagar and Mumbai – in Hindustani, Awadhi, Marathi and Hindi.

Remarking on the unique theme and subjects that every play has, Toral Shah, director of Thespo 19 said that the selected four plays of one-hour slots each have been picked up from a total of 141 applications.

Thespo will be a seven-day festival this year (December 18 to 24) and will account for a string of workshops conducted by theatre veterans, live music performances in the evenings and smaller, fringe theatre performances.

The first play is called ‘Main Mera Baaja Aur Woh’ brought by Lucknow-based Karooj Theatre Group and is directed by Shashank Dwivedi. It is a quirky tale of father-son rivalry. The plot revolves around an electrician in a village who hears a voice on the radio and believes it to be that of his estranged wife; matters get even more complicated when his son falls in love with the voice too.

Delhi-based Manoj Yadav’s Hindustani play, Mrig Trishna, is about a eunuch named Noori dealing with rejection from society at large. It is Yadav’s personal story and the play is a culmination of Yadav’s personal life story.

Nirmiti Rangmanch from Ahmednagar is presenting Khataara, about a farmer’s life and his village’s development. The play questions the value we humans attach to material possessions and is directed by Amol Salve.

Click here to know about the schedule for Thespo 19

Shah looks at Thespo as a great way for youngsters to get a glimpse of serious theatre – and interact with each other and says that it’s a place where budding artists get to perform with veterans like Naseeruddin Shah on the same platform.

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