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NEW DELHI : Bharatendu Natya Utsav, a tribute to the father of modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre – Bharatendu Harish chandra is being celebrated at Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House. The theatre festival, organized by Sahitya Kala Parishad, will be being held at Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House until 12th December 2019 and the last two days will be organized at LTG Auditorium, Copernicus Marg.

The works of eminent litterateurs with some promising contemporary writers and directors are being featured during this 6-day long festival. On the first day of the festival, the audience saw the play ‘Seediyan’ written by Daya Prakash Sinha and was directed by Arvind Singh. This was followed by a musical play ‘Ram Ki Shakti Pooja’ directed by Prathibha Singh and written by great poet Suryakant Tripathi Nirala.

On the third day, the play ‘A journey of Romeo Juliet’ originally written by Shakespeare was presented which was directed by Manoj Kumar Tyagi. The play begins with a scene where Romeo enters the stage without any prior rehearsal of his character and this creates a tension between the actor and the director. Romeo states that he doesn’t feel his character and instead of being a puppet in the hands of the director, he wants the freedom to make decisions on his own according to the criteria. The situation becomes even more tangled when instead of Juliet, Romeo falls for her friend and he has the reason to love her friend. But the director doesn’t allow this because it is against the script. This makes Romeo question the tradition and argue on the life, death, freedom and violence and categorizes them as the two sides of the chess.

Manoj Kumar Tyagi, a resident of Delhi, was a science student and a graduate of National School of Drama. He has worked on various plays and drama across the nation as well as on international level. Manoj Kumar Tyagi has worked with renowned institutes like Delhi University, Ambedkar University, IIT, Delhi to name a few. He has directed many \plays and is currently associated with the noted Marwah Film Institute where he is training the student on acting and direction. Besides, he is also working for various news channels.

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