''Khidkiyan'' Theatre Festival...Five diverse plays and performances by Ayushmann Khurrana, Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra and sessions with Mukesh Chhabra, Manav Kaul, Kumud Mishra...

January 12, 2016 4:31:22 PM IST
MTG editorial

Mukesh Chhabra Casting Co has organised 'Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival' in Mumbai from January 13-17, 2016.

This first edition of the festival will be inaugurated by film makers Imtiaz Ali and Vikas Bahl. The opening ceremony will be followed by a performance by Swanand Kirkire. The festival will conclude with a session of poetry reading and music performance by Ayushmann Khurrana followed by poetry reading by Piyush Mishra.

Mukesh Chhabra felt he had to give something back to theatre. He was an enthusiastic participant in many productions and has directed and acted in several plays. He was faculty at the National School of Drama's TIE (Theatre In Education) programme for nine years. He says: "Theatre is my first love. Whatever I am today, I owe it to theatre. It has given me a purpose in life and this is my way of paying back to theatre in a small way Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival is a first step in that direction and I would like it to become an annual event."

He adds, "My dad introduced me to theatre and I am happy that he has started this initiative."

The five-day festival will feature five plays:

Chittaranjan Tripathi's GUNNO BAI, Ishteyak Arif Khan's SHADOW OF OTHELLO, Dheerendra Dwivedi's OLD MUNK, Himanshu Kohli & Prashant Kumar's BLACKBIRD and Ram Ji Bali's KOI BAAT CHALE.

Produced by Mukesh Chhabra's father, T.C. Chhabra, all the plays apart from SHADOW OF OTHELLO are being performed in Mumbai for the first time.

Apart from the plays, talks and sessions will be conducted at the festival. Mukesh Chhabra will do a session on 'Insight into Casting', renowned theatre personalities Manav Kaul and Kumud Mishra will do a session on 'Theatre in Cinema'; Manu Rishi and Piyush Mishra will do an Open Mic and there will be a music performance by Troubadours.

The festival will be attended by film personalities like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Richa Chadda, Manoj Bajpayi, Nana Patekar, Suniel Shetty, Anurag Kashyap, Kabir Khan, Nandita Das, Abhishek Kapoor, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aanand L Rai, Sudhir Mishra and Makarand Deshpande.


January 13
- 5:00 pm- Performance by Swanand Kirkire
- 5:30 pm - Inauguration ceremony by Imtiaz Ali and Vikas Bahl
- 6:00 | 8:00 pm - Play - GUNNO BAI- 2 shows

January 14
- 5:00 pm - Open Mic with Manu Rishi Chadha and Piyush Mishra,powered by Holachef
- 5:30 pm - Guest of Honour; Sudhir Mishra, Makrand Deshpandey and Richa Chadda
- 6:00 | 8:00 pm - Play - SHADOW OF OTHELLO - 2 shows

January 15
- 5:00 pm - Music Performance by 'Troubadours'
- 5:30 pm - Guest of Honour; Suneil Shetty, Manoj Bajpayee and Nana Patekar
- 6:00 | 8:00 pm - Play - OLD MUNK

January 16
- 5:00 pm - Session with Kumud Mishra and Manav Kaul on 'Theatre in Cinema'
- 5:30 pm - Guest of Honour; Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kabir Khan and Aanand L Rai
- 6:00 | 8:00 pm - Play - BLACKBIRD - 2 shows

January 17
- 5:00 pm - Poetry reading and performance by Ayushmann Khurrana
- 5:30 pm - Guest of Honour; Anurag Kashyap, Nandita Das, Abhishek Kapoor and
Tigmanshu Dhulia
- 6:00 pm - Poetry reading with Piyush Mishra
- 7:00 pm - Insight into Casting with Mukesh Chhabra
- 8:00 pm - Play - KOI BAAT CHALE

The first edition of the festival is a non-ticketed event and will be held at Sathaye College, Vile Parle East, Mumbai.

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