‘Vichoo’ opens Sindhi Drama Festival 2013 with a pinch of French flavour!

 The two-day drama festival, organized by the Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Government of Delhi along with Sindhi Academy, will stage ‘Muhinji Zaat’ on the second day

sdLove knows no boundaries. And if such is your passion for theatre and you are craving for some serious on-stage performances, then ongoing Sindhi Drama Festival 2013 has a lot to offer.

The two-day festival opened today with ‘Vichoo’ – the Sindhi version of Moliere’s original French play “Les Fourberies de Scapin” (The Impostures of Scapin), a popular theatre performance that was first enacted in the year 1671, at Palais Royal in Paris. Moliere, one of the most popular French playwrights and actors, is also known as one of the greatest masters of comedy in western literature.
The festival, aimed at providing new direction to Sindhi theatre, is being organized by Sindhi Academy, under the aegis of Department of Art, Culture and Language, Governemnt of NCT of Delhi.

The Sindhi Academy will be staging ‘Muhiniji Zaat’ tomorrow at Shri Ram Centre of Art & Culture, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi at 6.30 pm.

Directed by well-known theatre-actor Manohar Kushalani, Vichoo is translated in Sindhi byMohini Hingorani.

“Depicted in a commedia dell’arte flavour, Vichoo is characterized by improvised dialogue and a cast of colorful stock characters that emerged in northern Italy in the fifteenth century and rapidly gained currency throughout Europe. The diversity in its characters and the high-voltage drama found a resonance in the Indian context as well,” says Khushalani.

A story of crafty Vadhumal, who lies and tricks people to get ahead, Vichoo received huge applause from the audience as it neared its high-voltage musical end.

“We are happy to see the response that this festival is drawing. First day, first show was packed and Vichoo touched the hearts of the people present. The musical ending of the play certainly became the highlight and we promise to bring more such interesting concepts every year,” says Sindhu Mishra, Secretary, Sindhi Academy.

‘Muhinji Zaat’, to be showcased on the second day, is a Sindhi translation of famous Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s famous comedy ‘Pahije Jatiche from Vasant Deo’s Hindi translation ‘Jat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki’ by Asha Bhatia.

So, as Day 1 kept the spirit of the drama festival high, come tomorrow for ‘Muhinji Zaat’, a satire on the education system that will keep you yearning for more.