Thursday, September 23, 2010

'Safar' this weekend at KH Kalasoudha, Bangalore

Safar, a "Smash Hit English Comedy Play," is written and directed by Vyasa Shastry, a grad student in our Department. He and his troupe -- Header and Footer Club, an IISc student organization [Disclosure: I am their faculty advisor] -- will be performing the play this weekend (see the poster, embiggable on clicking; see below for info on buying tickets).

I saw the play when Vyasa and his team 'premiered' it here at IISc several months ago. The story takes us into the life of a grad student at -- where else? -- IISc, and gives us more than a glimpse of the grad student life. While the subtext is a bit too grim to my liking, the story itself is told with a great deal of humour -- there are some truly raucous scenes that make me laugh out loud even now just thinking about them. The play is even more fun if you are up on Indian pop culture -- TV ads, movies, songs, "religious" mutts, sports. And Vyasa has found imaginative and funny ways to weave these bits into the story without overdoing it.

The production is impressive, with flawless execution of funky set pieces, slick use of multimedia, and consistently polished acting led by Vyasa himself in the hero's role. Watch out especially for DeepaK Paramasivan's over-the-top take in many, many roles!

If you are in Bangalore this weekend, do check out Safar.

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Tickets priced at Rs. 100. Contact 9611948969, 9342835852 for tickets. For home delivery: 080-42064969,