Kolkata, Nov 3, 2010 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): The fever of English theatre engulfed the City of Joy as the ‘Airtel Lifestage – Kolkata Theatre Festival’ started here on Monday.
The city witnessed a special play named ‘5 Point Someone’ by Chennai based theatre group ‘Evam’, to mark the start of the theatre extravaganza.
The play is based on the popular novel named ‘Five Point Someone’ by Chetan Bhagat, and it is all the more attractive as the city has already seen the screen adaptation of the movie ‘3 Idiots’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani.
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The actors played their bit skillfully to make the entire experience a pleasurable one for the viewers of the theatre adaptation of the best-selling novel on Monday evening.
Directed by Sunil Vishnu K, the play, like the novel, is a colourful piece based on wonder years of college, of friendship and grades.
The simplicity of the play and the entertaining but identifiable characters is the real highlight of the play.
The ‘evam’ theatre group, who performed the play, started their journey in 2003 and has already completed 18 plays and 300 shows.
The group won the ‘India Young Performing Arts Enterpreneur Award’ given by the British Council in 2009.
The innovative part of this theatre festival lies in the format of the play as it combines premiering of contemporary plays from various metro cities of the country besides supporting the local talents of Bengal.
“Kolkata and theatre are inseparable entities and we are delighted to unveil Airtel Lifestage- Kolkata Thetre Festival. It is a unique platform where Airtel strives to connect with the Kolkatans and provide them with a distinctive and unique theatrical experience which is truly cosmopolitan in nature,” P D Sarma, CEO, WBO, Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, had said earlier.
There will be two plays from the City of Joy itself that will premiere in this year’s festival- ‘221 B Baker Street’ by Arindam Mukherjee and Woody Allen’s ‘God’, directed by Kanak Gupta.
The festival which started on Manday will continue for the next eight days with the curtains dropping down on Nov 9 with the play titled ‘The Leela Tapes’ by the group ‘Actor Factor’.