17 Bharat Rang Mahotsav Synopsis and Pictures

18 02 2015

17 February 2015



Director: Sophia Stepf
Group: Flinn Theater, Germany
Language: English
Duration: 1hr 15m
Date: 17th Feb 2015
Time: 2:00 pm

Venue: Sammukh


The Play

Meet Shilpa, an attractive, interactive and user-friendly mobile phone application that has been projected to be the most popular mobile applications of 2013. Created, incorporating the latest technology, Shilpa will sing for you – in the flesh. She will sing what you want to hear in her sugary and husky voice, and shake her hips when you want her to, dancing to your favourite tune. Best of all, she behaves exactly the way women are supposed to behave in the eyes of men; that is, until the next update is released.

C Sharp C Blunt is the latest offering by Germany’s, Flinntheater, in an Indo-German collaboration that explores the realms of digital dramaturgy, repetition and user choices to create a new hybrid form of theatre-meets-performance art.


Director’s Note

Our team comprises of working women in the entertainment/art industry today and we felt the need to say something about its limits for women, the small sexisms, the twisted images we have to battle and the glass ceilings – but we wanted to do it in an entertaining and satirical way. This play has been devised from the realm of our shared experiences, but certainly lays more focus on the experiences of women performers in India than in Germany. Swar Thounaojam, Ritu Bhattacharya and Irawati Karnik contributed to this play in different ways, but the centre was certainly Pallavi and the disparate worlds she occupies in one day. I consider myself more of a frame worker than a director in the classical sense. I am interested in performers that have a need to express a certain issue. I try to frame this issue and give it an exciting and contemporary form that the audience would like to watch and engage in. We had nothing, but some secondary text material, when we started. About five lines from Donna Haraway’s, A Cyborg Manifesto made it into the play. But the rest of our script is based on wild improvisations and after a while some ideas, scenes and performance oriented moments prevail. Then we had to weave this into a performance that had logic in recurring themes, symbols and ideas as well as an energetic dramaturgy, that would keep the audience engaged although they are not following a linear narrative.
As technology and the media shape the way we perceive and interact with the world, I like to reflect this in my theatre. The concept of user inputs and user choices has been intriguing me for a while because it is contradictory to the theatre set up, where there is a group of people instead of only one user. It is an experiment, all I can say is: Come and use the App and ‘C’ for yourself.




The Director

Sophia Stepflives in Berlin and has an MA in Dramaturgy for Theatre and Media from Leipzig and Toronto. She has been involved in theatre for the past fifteen years, as a director, dramaturge, critic and scout and is the Artistic Director of the company, Flinntheater that has produced acclaimed performances with writers and performers from India and Nigeria. Her play India Simulator won several awards in Germany and her documentary play A Small Small World travelled to Dhaka, Bangalore, Bremerhaven and Hamburg. Her new play The Power Play was invited to Lagos/Nigeria in December 2012..


The Group

Flinntheater Company was found in 1992 in Kassel /Germany and has produced and co-produced seventeen plays. Since 2007, the sisters Sophia and Lisa Stepf are the artistic directors of the group and work with professional teams of actors, writers and musicians. Since 2009, their productions take up globally relevant issues and are devised with the input of writers, performers and musicians from countries, like India, Bangladesh and Nigeria. Flinntheater has an education branch too and puts up its productions for schools and young people. Flinntheater was awarded the art award of the city of Kassel and the culture award of the Dr.-Wolfgang-Zippel-Foundation. The play, India Simulator (2009) has won several awards. The group has toured India, Bangladesh, Germany and Nigeria with its productions.

Car bomb explodes in Kabul diplomatic quarter

18 02 2015

A large explosion has rocked the diplomatic district of Kabul, media reports. At least one person has been injured in the attack which allegedly targeted a government vehicle, according to reports on the ground. The exact cause of the blast and the number of casualties are not immediately clear.

Blast, gunfire at police HQ in Lahore

18 02 2015

At least three people were killed on Tuesday in an attack on regional police headquarters in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, media said. A witness said a large explosion was followed by rapid gunfire, adding that the attack was still in progress.A high-intensity blast took place outside Police Lines in the Qila Gujar Sigh area of the city.
At least five people including ASI Waqar Ahmed were martyred in the blast while several others including a female constable have been injured.

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a hotel near the police district in Lahore’s Qila Gujjar Singh area.
Several vehicles parked near the site of the blast caught fire and gunshots could be heard from within the police district.
A splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban said it carried out the attack.
Lahore city police chief Captain Mohammad Ameen Wains said the blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomber intent on entering Lahore’s police headquarters who “blasted himself prematurely”.
IGP Punjab Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhara told reporters outside the Police Lines that five people including a sub-inspector were killed in the suicide bombing while 25 people were injured. “The attacker was standing near a pole outside Police Lines and detonated his vest.”
“There were intelligence reports that suicide attackers may strike in Lahore and other cities of Punjab,” IGP Sukhara added.
The IGP assured that police would continue to fight against terrorism. He said 5-8 kilograms were used and police were examining the CCTV video.
The police chief of Lahore, Captain (retd) Amin Wains told Geo News that the bombing was a suicide attack. He added that the attacker was trying to enter the Police Lines and was 20-25 years old.
Punjab Home Minister Colonel (retd) Shuja Khanzada confirmed that the target by the suicide bomber was the Police Lines building. He further said that suicide bomber detonated his vest as he could not penetrate the tight security.
The blast took place outside a tea shop setting fire to 5-6 cars parked in the area. Motorcycles were also damaged while the windows of nearby buildings were shattered.
The intensity of the blast was so severe that it could be heard for miles away in the city.
“The blast was so severe that the ground shook and we ran towards the spot,” said a resident of a nearby area.
Police personnel have surrounded the blast site while snipers have also been deployed in the area. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) have arrived at the blast spot and are collecting evidence.
The injured have been taken to nearby hospitals. Speaking to media outside Mayo Hospital, Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Health, Khawaja Salman Rafique said that the injured are being treated at Mayo Hospital as well as Ganga Ram Hospital. He added that the injured at Mayo Hospital were in stable condition now.
There are a number of commercial plazas, schools, banks and offices as well as a residential area near the vicinity of the blast site.
The blast has been condemned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain. Prime Minister Sharif has directed the Punjab government to submit an immediate report on the incident.
Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif has called for an emergency meeting regarding the security situation in the province. The IGP Punjab will present a investigative report on today’s incident.
Media agencies

The world’s largest solar power plant of 750 Megawatt under construction

18 02 2015

The world’s largest solar power plant is underway in central India. When the 750-megawatt site starts operating in August, 2016, the project is set to overtake America’s 550-megawatt ‘Desert Sunlight’ in California.
The world’s largest solar power plant that will be generating 750MW of electricity had been recently commissioned in Rewa district of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
The 40-billion-rupee ($643 million) project is close to acquisition of 1,500 hectares of land. By April government agencies are believed to start inviting tenders from developers. This joint venture of state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam with Solar Energy Corporation of India, and at least 20 percent of the energy generated by the plant will be used within the Madhya Pradesh state

We are planning to inaugurate the plant on August 15, 2016. The plant will be developed in three segments of 250 MW each. Land acquisition will be over by end of month and over 90 percent land for the project is owned by government,” additional chief secretary for new and renewable energy, SR Mohanty said.He added that, “No clearance from pollution control board is required for the project. We have to sign a joint venture agreement between state-run PSU Urja Vikas Nigam and Solar Energy Corporation of India and a detailed project report will be prepared. Preliminary reports are already prepared and we will complete formalities by April and we will be in a position to invite tenders.”

As the country embraces clean energy, India plans 25 solar parks and several major solar power projects in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir. But the production of the Madhya Pradesh project is going to cost less than any other, at an estimated 5 rupees (US8 cents) per unit.
By 2022, India plans to install 100GW capacity of solar power. China aims to achieve the same goal by 2020.

“We have always spoken of energy in terms of megawatt. It is the first time we’re talking of gigawatt. We have no option but to make a quantum leap in energy production and connectivity,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, addressing a global conference, RE-Invest 2015, on Sunday.
However, in spite of all the advantages of solar power use in the rural India, there are some critics due to low availability of land.
“I would love it to be lower,” Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said last year. “But the ambitious plans India has to expand infrastructure, create jobs, improve the lives of people, get 24/7 power in every home, I think considering the huge magnitude of the demand shift, for renewables to meet this kind of demand will have serious challenges.”
Media agencies

Russia launches Progress cargo spaceship to ISS

18 02 2015

The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with Russia’s Progress M-26M cargo spacecraft blasted off on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station (ISS), TASS said. The Progress spacecraft is to dock with the ISS at 16:59 GMT on Tuesday, six hours after the launch, the Russian space agency Roscosmos stated.

Gordon Brown proposes security plan for Pakistan’s schools

18 02 2015

 Gordon Brown proposes security plan for Pakistan’s schools
UN envoy Gordon Brown held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding a proposal for a security plan for Pakistan’s schools.
According to BBC report on Tuesday, the former UK Prime Minister said that he wants to help schools stand up to terrorist violence. He recommended safety measures such as security fences, metal detectors, armed guards and emergency communication systems.
Brown is promoting a plan for safe schools drawn up by education charity, World at School, drawing upon the best practice being used in parts of Pakistan and other countries.
He called upon the international community to fund the security improvements.
The plan also calls for creation of peace zones around schools, negotiated with local community and religious leaders. It also suggests armed guards on vantage points and checks on security staff.
The proposal also recommends that small schools in isolated areas could be brought together into places where they could be better protected or moved to areas of greater safety.
A spokesman for PM Nawaz reiterated his personal commitment to working with Brown regarding the proposal.

Kashmir issue should be resolved according to UN resolution: PM Nawaz

18 02 2015

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the issue of Kashmir should be resolved through a UN resolution.
The prime minister met with a delegation from the European parliament and stated that Pakistan was determined to eliminate terrorism from its soil.
Prime Minister Sharif stressed that Pakistan gave importance to its ties with the European Union. According to the prime minister, Pakistan has seen an increase of $ 1 billion after being granted GSP Plus status.

No suspension of Contractual labour

18 02 2015

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Crompton Greave wins Rs 119 cr order from state run NTPC

18 02 2015

Avantha Group Company, Crompton Greave  wins Rs 119 cr order from state run NTPC to supply generator step up transformers for its 800 MW Daripali plant.
Honoured to get this opportunity to help NTPC fulfil its vision through T&D systems and smart tech”, tweeted L.Demortier.,CEO & MD’.
Crompton Greaves Ltd has informed BSE regarding a Press Release dated February 16, 2015, titled “CG wins INR 119 crore order from NTPC, India”s largest generation utility”.Indonesian contract win for manufacture and supply of 37 transformers in month of Jan 2015
Earlier tweet said, Transformers to be installed across 36 substations across Sumatra, Bali and Sulawesi Islands.Indonesian contract win for manufacture and supply of 37 transformers

VALEDICTORY CEREMONY OF 17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

18 02 2015

National School of Drama

Cordially invites you to the


17th Bharat Rang Mahotsav

Chief Guest: Shri Prakash Javadekar, Honble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India

Guest of Honour: Shri Shekhar Sen, Eminent Theatre Personality & Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi

Shri Pankaj Kapur, Renowned Theatre and Film Personality

Presided by: Sri Ratan Thiyam, Chairman, NSD Society

Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama will also be present





February 18, 2015

5.45 pm


Kamani Auditorium

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Copernicus Marg, New Delhi-1

Arunachal and its Relevance to the Security Paradigm of India’ stands postponed.

18 02 2015

Vivekananda International Foundation

We would like to inform you that due to unavoidable circumstances Vimarsh on ‘Arunachal and its Relevance to the Security Paradigm of India’ by General J J Singh scheduled to be heldon Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at the Vivekananda International Foundation stands postponed.

We deeply regret the inconvenience caused and shall soon revert to you intimating the new dates


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