Bahroop came into existence in 1996 when a group of people from different walks of life decided to share their experience with a larger section of the society. Its productions Kale Kauwe Ne Kaha, Dekh Tamasha Dekh, Baghichha Bachharam Ka, Zaharqand, Soopna Ka Sapna, Aur Kitne Hiroshima, Yahan Se Shahar Ko Dekho,B-Three, Hamare Waqt Mein, Saaye Hamsaaye, Woh Bhi Thei Apne and Panahgaah were awarded byDelhi Urdu Academy, Government Of NCT of Delhi in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Its play Soopna Ka Sapna was staged in 5th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Bahroop participated in various festivals like Bahoorupi organized by Rangayana, Govt. of Karnataka and Shiv Sanchara National Theatre Festival, Sanehilli, Karnataka. Other successful productions have been Kath Jogi, Madhvi, Toot-Te-Parivesh, Banailey, Reech Gaan, Thank You Mr. Glad, Bada Bhand To Bada Bhand, Nahi Chahiye Hamen..., Kabira Khada Bajar Mein, Men Without Shadows, 1857, Jangal Ke Daawedaar and Cheezein Toot Rahi Hain.Bahroop's Ghair Zaroori Log, 8/6, Yahan Se Shahar Ko Dekho, Spartacus and The Life of Galileo were selected as one of the best plays of Delhi for the year 2001-02, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2007-08 by Sahitya Kala Parishad,Government Of NCT of Delhi.
Bahroop has also organised talks, seminars and workshops with eminent personalities like Habib Tanvir, J.N. Kaushal, G.P. Deshpande, Satish Anand, D.R.Ankur, Vinit Kumar, Chittaranjan Tripathi, Shrikant Kishore, Piyush Mishra, KS Rajendran, Suman Kumar, HS Shiva Prakash and Mushtaq Kak. It publishes a theatre magazine, Bahroop Theatre Digest.
Thursday, 28 August 2008
An interaction with Probir Guha
In 1977,Probir Guha established the Living Theatre (at present Alternative Living Theatre)in Khardaha, gathering around him a group disenchanted and unemployed local youth from improverised lower middle-class families. He chose Khardaha as the location for the ALTERNATIVE LIVING THEATRE, so that he can save ALT from the so called urban drama and threats to its integrity posed by the commercialism and economic pressures of the city. And he recruited actors form among the under privileged class to create a theatre shaped by their own struggles and sufferng.The Alternative Living Theatre struggles and suffering almost exclusively in the small towns and villages of West Bengal and neighbouring states and abroad. It his initiative that consistently attacked communalism, social obscurantism, oppressive social conventions, superstition and political apathy, while attempting to build new ideals and sow the seeds of change in human minds.
Bahroop feels honoured to have a great proponent like Probir Guha among us at the end of this month. special Thanks to Our Creative Director Mr. Shahid Anwar, who has been and is a constant source of energy and guidance, so that we may not falter from our projected goals and endeavours. Bahroop which has been trying to build an alternative theatre being active in JNU campus for the last 12 years will learn from the genesis of Alternative Living Theatre, West Bengal.
For more information about Alternative Living Theatre, log on to RangaMancha.blogspot.com or http://rangamancha.blogspot.com/