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80 minutes | Hindi | Age: 12+
Poetry – Ramdhari Singh Dinkar | Design and Direction – V. Balakrishnan
National Poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar never loses his faith in humanity and in the power of the humans to go towards a spiritual awakening. This particular work strongly reflects and advocates the destruction of ego in one’s caste and family. He dreams of a world where every human will endeavour to do what they are capable of doing and not as a blessing of their mother’s or/and father’s legacies.
Through the narrative of Karna, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s Rashmi Rathi offers all of us salvation to dream of humanity in its brand new nature where it will be the human alone and their endeavours which will define who they are.
Ramdhari Singh 'Dinkar'
Ramdhari Singh (23 September 1908 – 24 April 1974), known by his pen name Dinkar, was a Hindi and Maithili language poet, essayist, freedom fighter, patriot and academic. He emerged as a poet of rebellion as a consequence of his nationalist poetry written in the days before Indian independence. His poetry exuded Veer Rasa (heroic sentiment), and he has been hailed as a Rashtrakavi (‘national poet’) and Yuga-Chāraṇa (Charan of the Era) on account of his inspiring patriotic compositions. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1959 and the Bharatiya Gyanpith in 1972. He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha thrice.
V. Balakrishnan is an alumnus of Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts (New Delhi) and the National School of Drama (New Delhi). He is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Nisha (Chennai) and has staged over 130 plays in the past 22 years under its banner. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship to attend an International Residency for Young Directors with the Royal Court Theatre, London. He has directed over 210 plays, acted in over 160 plays and written more than 15 scripts.
In 2017 he was awarded the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching (FDAT) and returned having completed a 4-month inquiry-based project from Indiana University. His script ‘Sordid’ won The Hindu Playwright Award in 2016, and most recently he jointly won the Sultan Padamsee Award for Playwriting 2022 for ‘God’s Will’. Earlier this year Zero-Degree Publishing published four of his plays – The Curse of Urvashi, The Peacock Prince, Krishna’s Dark Son and Dvijottama; and Dhauli books published a collection of three plays – Sordid, Margazhi and Arundhati.
Sameer Rao is a prominent disciple of Padma Vibhushan Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. He began his musical journey at the age of eleven.
Trained by Panditji himself, in the traditional Guru Shishya Parampara at the Vrindaban Gurukul, Mumbai, Sameer has performed extensively in India and abroad.
An “A” Graded artist by the All India Radio and Doordarshan, Sameer is a recipient of awards such as, ‘Suramani’, ‘Nada Kishore’, ‘Yuva Pratibha’ etc.
Meera Sitaraman has been working with Theatre Nisha for over 10 years now as an actor, designer (costume, lighting, properties/puppets), playwright, and stage manager. She debuted as a director with The Trojan Women in 2019. She has acted in over 35 plays and participated in more than 15 international, national, and regional theatre festivals. She is also a theatre educator and has been working in that capacity for 10 years. Her script ‘The Cut’ was a finalist at The Hindu Playwright Award 2016. She was selected for two international residencies conducted by Performance Group Tuida, South Korea, and National Theatre Wales on Puppet as Body and Artists’ Playground.
Aparna Kumar is an actor and designer with Theatre Nisha since 2016. She also works as a theatre educator in two schools in Chennai. She has acted in over 10 plays and participated in regional, national and international theatre festivals. She is training in Kalaripayattu, Devarattam and Tappatam to expand her repertoire.