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Shashwita Sharma of JASHN-E-QALAM at Digital - Live Play Co-Founder Of Jashn-E-Qalam Interview Shashwita Sharma of JASHN-E-QALAM at Digital - Live Play Co-Founder Of Jashn-E-Qalam
by Mary Anthony - June 08, 2020, India

A Rendezvous with the co founder of Jashn-E-Qalam Shashwita Sharma. Mesmerizing one act play rendition of short stories from well known writers....
PUNEET ISSAR ON PLAYING Duryodhan - the Biggest Mythological Character On Indian Stag Interview PUNEET ISSAR ON PLAYING Duryodhan - the Biggest Mythological Character On Indian Stage
by Zofeen Maqsood - October 31, 2019, India

ssar is taking the magnum opus play Mahabharat across the country. Produced by Felicity Theatre the play is getting houseful shows...
 PATRUNI CHIDANANDA SASTRY on Sexuality And Sexual Education through performance Interview PATRUNI CHIDANANDA SASTRY on Sexuality And Sexual Education through performance
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 22, 2019, India

Four Play is something that he had been working on which talks about sexuality , gender roles, Active/Passive destinations and brings in a thought to talk about sexual education through performance art...
KAMAL PRUTHI POPULARLY KNOWN AS KABULIWALA on his Europe Performance tour Interview KAMAL PRUTHI POPULARLY KNOWN AS KABULIWALA on his Europe Performance tour
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 20, 2019, India

A wanderer Kabuliwala has so far travelled 9 countries and 13 states of India with more than 300 power packed theatrical performances and joyful workshops....
After The Magnum Opus Mahabharata, Rahul Bhuchar Will Be Back With Ramayana Interview After The Magnum Opus Mahabharata, Rahul Bhuchar Will Be Back With Ramayana
by Zofeen Maqsood - August 30, 2019, India

ALL WORLD STORIES HAVE EMERGED FROM RAMAYANA Or MAHABHARATA' -- Theatre actor Rahul Bhuchar...
RANDHIR ROY, DIRECTOR OF EK HAAN on why Manto is relevant today Interview RANDHIR ROY, DIRECTOR OF EK HAAN on why Manto is relevant today
by Zofeen Maqsood - August 18, 2019, India

Ek Haan, has veteran actor Shekhar Suman and Bollywood actor Suchitra Krishnamoorthi playing the central roles. Saadat Hasan Manto and his stories form the central theme of the play...
 BHARATANATYAM expert Priya Venkataraman who performed in front of Barack Obama talks Interview BHARATANATYAM expert Priya Venkataraman who performed in front of Barack Obama talks about the art form
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 24, 2019, India

Priya spent 12 years in the United States teaching and informing people about the art of Bharatnatyam. Her experience in theatre extends to acting in a nationally televised serial and choreographing for a play by Terrance McNally staged at the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre....
AKARSH KHURANA Of Akvarious Productions On stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's Th Interview AKARSH KHURANA Of Akvarious Productions On stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 09, 2019, India

thoroughly enjoyed working on our trilogy of plays for children based on the stories of Ruskin Bond Akarsh Khurana...
FOUNDER OF KABULIWAALA Kamal Pruthi On Museum Theatre In India Interview FOUNDER OF KABULIWAALA Kamal Pruthi On Museum Theatre In India
by Zofeen Maqsood - June 18, 2019, India

You have seen stage theatre and street theatre, but have you ever seen museum theatre? Kamal Pruthi gives you a ringside view...
 Actor director MAKARAND DESHPANDE on theater scene in India and his next project Sad Interview Actor director MAKARAND DESHPANDE on theater scene in India and his next project Sadak 2
by Zofeen Maqsood - May 17, 2019, India

Pitaji please is inspired from the constant feeling of fear, under the disguise of nationalism -- Makarand Deshpande...
ACTOR AND WRITER MIKHAIL KANTROO On Why Theatre Is A Legacy An Artist Creates Interview ACTOR AND WRITER MIKHAIL KANTROO On Why Theatre Is A Legacy An Artist Creates
by Zofeen Maqsood - April 19, 2019, India

The second season was all about unlearning, each actor was asked by our director Mr Inayatullah Kantroo to do some soul searching...
RENOWNED VOCALIST Vidushi Sunanda Sharma On Celebration Of Gulaab Interview RENOWNED VOCALIST Vidushi Sunanda Sharma On Celebration Of Gulaab
by Zofeen Maqsood - April 16, 2019, India

Carrying forward the legacy of the legendary vocalist of Benaras Gharana, the highly revered Dr. Vidushi Girija Devi, a Padma Bhushan awardee and a doyen of Indian classical vocal music, Sunanda is a leading vocalist amongst the young generation....
UK BASED ARTIST TASHA LEAPER On Performing Her Madonna Act In India Interview UK BASED ARTIST TASHA LEAPER On Performing Her Madonna Act In India
by Zofeen Maqsood - March 26, 2019, India

Madonna has always given 100% in her shows so I couldn't possibly give any less -- Tasha Leaper...
THEATRE ARTISTS VISHAAL ASRANI And Jiji Subi On Bringing Fairytales On Theatre In In Interview THEATRE ARTISTS VISHAAL ASRANI And Jiji Subi On Bringing Fairytales On Theatre In India
by Zofeen Maqsood - March 20, 2019, India

Vishaal Asrani and Jiji Subi run an institute called VAIPA (Vishaal Asrani's Institute Of Performing arts) which has been training children in the field of Drama and theatre for 27 years now. They have also been international examiners on the board of THE TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON....
Music Luminaries Rahul Sharma, Madhup Mudgal And Pandit Jasraj To Perform At Shriram Interview Music Luminaries Rahul Sharma, Madhup Mudgal And Pandit Jasraj To Perform At Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival
by Zofeen Maqsood - March 10, 2019, India

The oldest music festival in India, Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival will showcase iconic artists such as Santoor player Rahul Sharma (Santoor) and flute player Rakesh Chaurasia that are immensely popular amongst younger generations too....
Meet Amit Bhadana, the boy from Haryana who got the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2019 Interview Meet Amit Bhadana, the boy from Haryana who got the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 2019
by Zofeen Maqsood - March 03, 2019, India

Amit Bhadana's song "PRICHAY" is record breaking song of the year 2019, Within first three hours the song got 2 Million+ Views, 500k Likes including well wishers comment of more than 100k. And while breaking records his song "PRICHAY" got 2 Million+ Likes in just six days and broke all the latest re...
GURINDER SINGH KHALSA On The Short Film SINGH Made on His Life Interview GURINDER SINGH KHALSA On The Short Film SINGH Made on His Life
by Zofeen Maqsood - February 22, 2019, India

SINGH, directed by 18-year-old Jenna Ruiz, is a powerful short film based on a true incident from 2007. Gurinder Singh, a Sikh man, was denied from boarding a flight because he refused to remove his turban after successfully passing through each security measure at the airport....
PLAYWRIGHT R S RAGHU On His Plays Men, Sex And Dhoka And Revised Kamasutra Interview PLAYWRIGHT R S RAGHU On His Plays Men, Sex And Dhoka And Revised Kamasutra
by Zofeen Maqsood - February 03, 2019, India

Sex sells and is hardly talked about in our society and is still treated as a taboo -- RS Raghu...
ODISSI DANCER MADHUR GUPTA Talks About SOPAN, the Festival Of Young Dancers Interview ODISSI DANCER MADHUR GUPTA Talks About SOPAN, the Festival Of Young Dancers
by Zofeen Maqsood - January 27, 2019, India

Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra is deemed to be one of the major architects of Odissi dance as we see today -- Madhur Gupta...
Shikhandi Fame actor MAHNAZ DAMANIA on why LGBTQ representation is important Interview Shikhandi Fame actor MAHNAZ DAMANIA on why LGBTQ representation is important
by Zofeen Maqsood - January 23, 2019, India

Some recent stories on screen and off have successfully cast transgender actors, I hope that we continue this search -- Mahnaz Damania...
 If the West has William Shakespeare, we have Sarat Chandra - Ashvin Gidvani of AGP W Interview If the West has William Shakespeare, we have Sarat Chandra - Ashvin Gidvani of AGP World
by Zofeen Maqsood - December 26, 2018, India

If the West has William Shakespeare, we have Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay who wrote Devdas...
FAEZEH JALALI On SHIKHANDI in the Times of Gay Rights Movements Interview FAEZEH JALALI On SHIKHANDI in the Times of Gay Rights Movements
by Zofeen Maqsood - December 12, 2018, India

I was working on Shikhandi in 2010 when I created a 1 woman show of it in Berlin. It was in my mind since then. From it's first creation, incubation and final realization it took a few years --...
Bollywood producer DEEPA TRACY On Why Her Play URVASHI Is Relevant In The Age Of #MeT Interview Bollywood producer DEEPA TRACY On Why Her Play URVASHI Is Relevant In The Age Of #MeToo
by Zofeen Maqsood - November 26, 2018, India

ndia's glorious past has been lost in the haze of Westernisation in aftermath of the colonisation of India by the British -- Deepa Tracy, director Mantra Vision Pvt. Ltd....
Director JEFF GOLDBERG On Playing David Coleman Headley On Stage Interview Director JEFF GOLDBERG On Playing David Coleman Headley On Stage
by Zofeen Maqsood - November 26, 2018, India

Jeff Goldberg tells a powerful story about one of India's most sinister criminals -- David Coleman Headley...
TV ACTOR GAURAV CHOPRA On His New Play Devdas Interview TV ACTOR GAURAV CHOPRA On His New Play Devdas
by Zofeen Maqsood - November 05, 2018, India

Ever since Big boss has ended, I have been experimenting with very diverse role on digital medium I have done 3 web series back -- Gaurav Chopra...
SHOBHA DEEPAK SINGH On The Grandest Ramlila In India Interview SHOBHA DEEPAK SINGH On The Grandest Ramlila In India
by Zofeen Maqsood - October 16, 2018, India

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's Ramlila has enjoyed the presence of eminent personalities including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Shri Zail Singh, Smt. Indira Gandhi, Dr. Radhakrishnan, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Shri Rajiv Gandhi,...
BOLLYWOOD STAR MINISSHA LAMBA On Her Theatre Debut Interview BOLLYWOOD STAR MINISSHA LAMBA On Her Theatre Debut
by Zofeen Maqsood - October 15, 2018, India

Big boss was tough. It takes a huge amount of mental strength to be in a reality show like that -- Minissha Lamba...
DIRECTOR K MADAVANE On Bollywood and Shakespearean classics Interview DIRECTOR K MADAVANE On Bollywood and Shakespearean classics
by Zofeen Maqsood - October 01, 2018, India

After the positive response of the audience of my play Hamlet , I was encouraged to push myself in this genre' and choose Macbeth - another timeless classic....
Rahul Da Cunha - THE MAN BEHIND THE AMUL ADVTS On His New Play Interview Rahul Da Cunha - THE MAN BEHIND THE AMUL ADVTS On His New Play
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 28, 2018, India

With more than a dozen successful plays to his profile da Cunha is now back with SingIndiaSing, India's first reality show based musical. ...
Director SHASHIDHARAN NAIR of Sampurn Ramayana On Why India Needs A Broadway Style Ra Interview Director SHASHIDHARAN NAIR of Sampurn Ramayana On Why India Needs A Broadway Style Ramlila
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 26, 2018, India

We are calling it a Broadway Style Ramayana as we are introducing specially designed graphics and animation this year to make it even more spectacular like the Broadway Musicals - Shashidharan Nair, director, Sampurn Ramayana....
BWW Preview: MACBETH COMES TO DELHI Interview BWW Preview: MACBETH COMES TO DELHI
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 26, 2018, India

Tamasha's 'MACBETH' promises uniqueness in its representation of this play....
Director Rima Das On Her film Village Rockstars Being Chosen For Oscars Interview Director Rima Das On Her film Village Rockstars Being Chosen For Oscars
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 23, 2018, India

'I have been waiting for this day and praying! Luckily, I got this news in my village at Chhayagaon, Assam (I arrived last night) I am glad that I am with my family and the cast of the film -- Rima Das...
ODISSI DANCER Madhur Gupta On Aarambh Interview ODISSI DANCER Madhur Gupta On Aarambh
by Zofeen Maqsood - September 08, 2018, India

An evening of Odissi dance and music by Madhur Gupta and troupe presenting some new choreographic works by the artist, and classics by his Guru Sharon Lowen, and her Guru Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra...
Actor MADHU SINGH On Comedy Drama Daddy In Doubt Interview Actor MADHU SINGH On Comedy Drama Daddy In Doubt
by Zofeen Maqsood - August 27, 2018, India

Tamasha Entertainment's Daddy in Doubt is based on the famous play Baap Re Baap by KP Saxena...
Model Turned Theatre Actor Shruti Agrawal On Her Debut Play Interview Model Turned Theatre Actor Shruti Agrawal On Her Debut Play
by Zofeen Maqsood - August 27, 2018, India

The Inspector General by Nikolai Gogol and directed by Jeff Goldberg will see model Shruti Agrawal making her acting debut...
NISHA NARAYANAN, COO, RED FM On Winning The BEST FM NETWORK 2018 And the future of ra Interview NISHA NARAYANAN, COO, RED FM On Winning The BEST FM NETWORK 2018 And the future of radio in India
by Zofeen Maqsood - August 06, 2018, India

Radio in India is very local in nature and is free of cost, unlike cable and satellite television. The fact that radio is interactive, and a local medium it reaches out to listeners pan India....
'Some coined me gay and some as bisexual' - Expressionist Dancer PATRUNI CHIDANANDA Interview 'Some coined me gay and some as bisexual' - Expressionist Dancer PATRUNI CHIDANANDA SASTRY
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 27, 2018, India

Being a male dancer my sexuality was always a question which people asked. Some coined me gay and some as bisexual. but I as a person was always retaliation on the matter of sexuality -- Patruni Chidananda Sastry...
Tinu Verghis On Going From Model To Performing Artist Tackling Social And Gender Inju Interview Tinu Verghis On Going From Model To Performing Artist Tackling Social And Gender Injustice
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 25, 2018, India

Model Tinu Verghis ruled the runway in India for 15 years before she ventured into performing arts. During her illustrious career as a model she had to her credit many important assignments such as being on the cover of Vogue when the magazine forayed into featuring dark skinned models. Recently, th...
Director of popular TV show CID Out With His Gujarati Film Satti Par Satto Interview Director of popular TV show CID Out With His Gujarati Film Satti Par Satto
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 23, 2018, India

Santram Verma thinks that it is an exciting time for Gujarati cinema and entertainment in the country and he would like to be the agent of change...
FILMAKER OJASWWEE SHARMA On His Latest Short Film Zubaan Interview FILMAKER OJASWWEE SHARMA On His Latest Short Film Zubaan
by Zofeen Maqsood - July 11, 2018, India

Zubaan was recently shown at the Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, Sikh Arts & Film Festival 2017 (California) and EchoFilmFestivals BRICS – EFF BRICS The Russian Federation (Moscow). ...