Local theatre group Shudrka Hyderabad is back on the stage in the city after a major show in the Capital recently. The group made it to the 10th Delhi International Festival, where thousands of artistes and art enthusiasts came together to celebrate their passion for the arts. Shudrka Hyderabad staged their satire Kissa Andher Nagri Ka at the festival, and got a great response. The group members are largely middle-aged, all working employees, many with the government.
“For us, theatre is what keeps us happy. Most of us have plum jobs with the government, but we never sit idle. We use every hour of every day to practise theatre, and it feels amazing that we were given a welcome at such a major theatre festival,” says Pulak Halder, a senior member of the group and a DRDO scientist.
Tomorrow evening at Lamakaan (7:30 pm), Shudrka Hyderabad will stage their first play here after the return. They expect a good gathering, since many from the theatre fraternity are happy and eager to congratulate the team. In any case, the play to be staged tomorrow, called Aajir, has been loved by audiences over the years. It is an adaptation of a short story by the much-loved Bengali writer Mahashweta Devi, who passed away in July this year.
Shudrka, however, always add their own colour to the painting. “We add music and our own jokes, plus the performances are such that the actors take it upon themselves to play out the characters. We don’t just adapt the story as it is. We take the story and present it in such a way that it becomes thoroughly entertaining on stage,” says Swapan Mondal, director of the group and the play.