Last updated: 21 April 2017
“Phaansi” (original Bengal’ drama “Ekti Obastob Galpo”) (literally an unreal story) written by the Bengali author, Bimal Bandopadhyay, is a powerful, humorous comedy with a dramatic twist at the end, giving a poignant social message.
As the drama starts, the Sutradhar (narrator) appears asking the audience for their opinion on capital punishment and inviting them to witness a real hanging. The jailer and officials feed the convict his last meal, the priest conducts the last rites, and what follows is a dramatic audio-visual display of the hanging at the gallows. However, at the end of the hanging, the jail officials discover that ‘Chandu’, the convict, has actually survived. With a lot of effort they restore his consciousness, only to find that he is suffering from total amnesia. In a desperate effort to revive his memory (in order to hang him again!) the jail officials and the priest re-enact the incident of how ‘Chandu’ strangled and killed his wife five years ago. The play within a play is extremely comical but at the end when ‘Chandu’ does recall the murder of his wife, he has a different story to tell.
The play will keep the audience riveted to their seats from the opening scene, regale them with laughter but make them go away with wistful eyes, pensive about the hypocritical society where the weak and innocent suffer injustice.
“Inspector Matadeen Chaand Par” is a poignant and timeless satire on the political and bureaucratic set up in India, and how it drives the “system” and its effect on the common man.
This comedy is based on a short story by the one of the most eminent satirist from India- Shri Harishankar Parsai. Winner of the “Sahitya Akadami Puraskar”, one of the highest award in Hindi Literature- Harishankar Parsai had a MA in English and yet wrote only in Hindi. He was “funny enough to make you laugh but serious enough to prick your conscience”.
Adapted by the director Anuraag Misraraj himself, the play tells the story of a police inspector Matadeen who is sent by the Government of India on a “cultural exchange” to the moon for training and education of his peers on the satellite.
Matadeen gets to work immediately and successfully inculcates the work culture of the Indian Police on the Moon and wins the adoration of the Moon police. Come and judge for yourself if this cultural transformation was a boon for the moonJ
Both the plays are being performed
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Sponsorship opportunities for an evening of Hindi theatre in Naperville and Schaumburg
Dramatech is a registered not for profit society in the USA and India (www.dramatech.in) and is looking for patrons and advertisers in the program brochure of its upcoming production of two one act plays Faansi and Inspector Matadin Chaand Par.
An Indian Diaspora of professionals and families that have immense purchasing power will attend the performances and your presence in the program brochure is likely to be a great investment in reaching this audience.
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Dramatech of America is a not for profit theatre group whose mission is to bring classical and popular theatre with Indian and South Asian themes to America. Dramatech has presented 40 productions in 31 years.
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Age to enter: 6 years (Our esteemed members of the audience are requested not to bring children under 6 years along. Thank you.)
Still from play EK JAAM AUNTIYON KE NAAM (hindi of Arsenic and Old Lace), Sri Ram Centre, 2008. Selected among Sahitya Kala Parishad's Best Plays of the Year.
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