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Dhoop Chaaon, the Hindi theatre group, staged e-play “Nirupaaji Ka Laal”

By Akila Giridharan
November 2020
Dhoop Chaaon, the Hindi theatre group, staged e-play “Nirupaaji Ka Laal”

This play is a short satirical portrayal with a simple storyline. It revolves around the delicate fabric of a neighborhood where everybody came together to help a neighbor. A timely concept especially in these Covid times, the play emphasizes that simple things in life and helping each other out are at the heart of humanity.

[Left] Dhoop Chhaoon, the Atlantabased Hindi theater group presented an online play, “Nirupa Ji ka Laal”



[Right] Dhoop Chhaoon team for the e-play, “Nirupa Ji ka Laal”

The focus of this play was to improvise using technology as an effective medium for theatre where the members could pitch in from the comfort of their own homes. Although the transition was a huge learning experience for the troupe as it navigated the latest technology to present a quality play in a new digital format, it brought forth tremendous experimentation and creativity from the team members who all contributed significantly to these works.

The play started off with a series of theatre workshops. Led by the veteran theatre artist from India, Sri Laxmikant Pandya, the team learnt the nuances of acting. Gandharv Bhagat, a media professional from New York shared his expert advice on various technical aspects of recording a video. Jayesh Jhurani contributed backstage. Individual recordings by artists were stitched together by technical editor Svayam Sarkar, a young 13 year old prodigy from India, who transformed the submissions into a smooth and seamless integration.

The play was directed by Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, the founder of Dhoop Chaoon. The participating artists were: Aashish Kapoor, Chaitali De, Anil Jaswani, Anil Kanwal Bhagat, Asha Gupta, Kamlesh Chugh, Madhav Katdare, Manjusha Varma, Mini Mehta, Mohammad Shoaib, Muhammad Assani, Nidhi Pipal, Premanand Goswami, Sarika Jaswani, Purnima Raj, Suraiya Hyder, Satish Dharamrajan, Surbhi Jain, Sudhir Agarwal, Ritmabhara Mittal, Sumana Goswami, Veena Katdare, and Rita Kapahi.

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