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.
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Bahroop staged Arthur Miller's All My Sons as Woh Bhi Thei Apne at PSR Open Air Theatre JNU on 9th May' 2009.
In an age that is marked with the invasion of ‘the market’ in the deepest of our private spheres, “Woh Bhi Thei Apne” is the story of a businessman who’s incapable of taking responsibility for his actions, which is of no less relevance in the present day scenario. Set in post WW II USA, the play is about a family in which relationships play a dominant role and the characters are subsequently disillusioned. They amass wealth, but they stay culturally underpriviledged. Every character is a physical manifestation of abstract debate between idealism and practical realism of our times.
Miller, a writer with strong social and political commitments, is often praised for his simple yet innovative treatment of mundane themes with abject artistic vivacity. Forged in the fires of Great Depression, he has dealt with age old moral and ethical dilemmas in quite a unique manner which forces the audience to empathize with not only the protagonist but all other characters and re-question their own morality.
Dr. Hadi Sarmadi is one of the founding members of Bahroop and has been with the group since its inception. A relentless theatre activist he completed his Ph.D. from JNU and is currently pursuing his theatrical and literary dreams. He has translated many plays including Thank you Mr. Glad.
K.S. Rajendran is one of the most acclaimed directors in the contemporary Indian Theatre. His creative ventures range from adaptations of Brecht, Ionesco, Genet, Tendulkar, Indira Parthsarathy to Kalidasa & Shudraka. He directs plays in Tamil, Hindi and English. He has been conducting theatre workshops throughout the country & abroad.. He was the course director for the UNESCO ITI workshop,2006 on “Ancient Indian Drama” in Bucharest & has delivered lectures on “Indian Drama” at the Stockholm, Upsaala & Oslo Universities in May 2007. He is currently an NSD Faculty and the Editor of NSD’s prestigious theatre journal in English ‘Theatre India’.