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Exploring the Future of Non-Violence
120 minutes | Tibetan | English subtitles | 12+
Abhishek Majumdar: Playwright
Lhakpa Tsering: Translator & Director
Harry Fuhrmann: Director
Saatvika Kantamneni: Producer
Cast: Kalsang Dolma, Tenzin Yonten, Tenzin Wangchuk, Youngkyar Dolma, Lhakpa Tsering, Tsering Bawa, Tenzin Pema, Tenzin Lhundup, Nyima Dhondup and Tenzin Passang
Scenographers: Timo Dentler & Okarina Peter
Stage Manager + Light Designer: Yael Crishna
Assistant Stage Manager: Sonam Tsering
Director’s Assistants: Jaela Probst, Lea Taake & Rémy Thiebaut
Tour Manager: Srinivas Beesetty
Set Execution: Dhanendra Kawade
Video Design + Execution: Ranjabati Sarkar
Poster Design: Dhondup Namgyal
Pah-Lak (Tibetan for “Father”) is originally an English play based on intensive research – it is an examination the future of non-violence. The play focuses on the role of Buddhism in the lives of Tibetans and the dichotomy of the resistance movement that has emerged from decades of oppression, discrimination, and marginalisation. The play is based on intensive research conducted by author and renowned Indian playwright Abhishek Majumdar between 2013 and 2019 in Tibet and is in collaboration with the Tibetan community in exile.
“Pah-la” premiered on 3rd April 2019 at Royal Court Theatre, London with support from Reimagine India, Arts Council England. Lhakpa Tsering, along with Harry Fuhrmann and Abhishek Majumdar have now realised a new Tibetan production of Pah-Lak with Tibetan artists in 2022-23.
The play will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.
In collaboration with Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts:
Abhishek Majumdar is an award winning playwright, director and scenographer based out of India and UAE. His works have been produced in several countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America and has been translated to multiple languages including French, Spanish, Swedish, Tibetan, Hindi, English, Bangla, Kashmiri, Kannada and Marathi. He is the founder and ex-artistic director of Indian Ensemble. He is Associate Arts Professor at New York University in Abu Dhabi. He is the artistic director of Nalanda Arts Studio Bangalore. He has been published by Penguin India, Oberon Books, Bloomsbury and Palgrave.
Lhakpa Tsering was born in Tibet in 1983 and came to India in 1992. He studied in Tibetan Children’s Village school. In the past, he has been elected as Central Executive member of Central Tibetan Youth Congress in 2007-2010. He founded Tibet theatre in 2011 to cater to the cultural and social need of the Tibetan community. So far he has written 28 plays, directed 24 plays and performed 213 shows in 59 places including Tibetan schools, monasteries and settlements. Lhakpa has travelled all over India to promote the importance of Tibetan culture and language, giving awareness about health issues, women’s rights and environmental issues.
Harry Fuhrmann ended his theatrical studies in 1995 at the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg and worked for several years as an actor at various theatres in Germany. From 1998–2002 he studied directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art, Ernst Busch in Berlin. Since 2002 he has directed in many theatres all over the world. In 2004 he founded the Flying Fish Theatre Group. With his company, he realized an eight-month theatre journey through Nepal and India in 2005-06. Harry taught at various acting schools all over the world. Beside many European countries, he worked in New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Iran, Morocco and India. Since 2015, he teaches regularly at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India.
Saatvika Kantamneni is a graduate of the MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She is currently a producer with Akvarious Productions and the Production and Stage Management Mentor at Drama School, Mumbai. She has been Senior Stage Manager for Disney Aladdin in India. She has worked with QTP Entertainment Pvt Ltd as company stage manager for three years. She has also been Festival Director of Thespo, a national level youth theatre festival, for two years.