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Dhoop Chaoon Theater Group organizes Annual Show 2021

September 2021
Dhoop Chaoon Theater Group organizes Annual Show 2021

Dhoop Chaoon, an Atlanta-based theater group that was established by Sandhya Saxena Bhagat in 2007, has been consistently coming out with online productions during the pandemic. Keeping Hindi language and storytelling alive in the community, Dhoop Chaoon has 50 permanent members and a wide network of supporters ranging from age 3 to 75 that work to bring the group’s productions to life.

For their Annual Show, the group returned to performing in-person while continuing to take pandemic precautions. They performed a clutch of three plays on August 8, 2021, at Global Mall’s Impact Hall in Norcross.

The group performed the one-act play Pyaaliyaan Toot.tii Hain written by the noted playwright Mohan Rakesh. The emotionally-charged play featured artists Rita Kapahi, Akila Venkatesan Giridharan, Moiz Husain, Ritambhara Mittal, Shabana Sayeed and Aashish Kapoor.

AT_13_09_21.jpgAT_9_09_21.jpgAT_11_09_21.jpgDhoop Chaoon Theater Group presented three acts as part of their Annual Show 2021.

The group also staged Mohan Rakesh’s one-act comedy titled Ande ke Chhilke which featured performers Muhammed Assani, Shabana Sayeed, Rita Kapahi, Mohammad Shouaib, Madhav Katdare and Manjusha Srivastava Verma.

Dhoop Chaoon also presented Amrita Pritam’s Neeche Ke Kapde in dastangoi, a form of performative storytelling, featuring artists Veena Katdare, Chandra Oad and Premanand Goswami.

The performances went off without a hitch thanks to the efforts of director Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, master of the ceremony Aslam Pervez, and general announcer Sudhir Agarwal. The sets were created by Premanand Goswami, Moiz Hussain, Raj Seedani, Anil Bhagat, Tanuj Puri, Muhammad Assani and Aashish Kapoor with decorations provided by Raj Seedani and Pawandeep Singh. The music and microphones were coordinated by Anil Bhagat and Swayam Sarkar. The talented makeup team consisted of Talat Alvi, Swati Mistri and Chandra Oad. Videographer Swayam Sarkar and photographer Tanuj Puri captured the beauty of the artists’ performances in real time while Vijay Gaur, Chaitali De, Paresh Jain and Shuchi Khanna ran the front desk. Mohammad Shouaib arranged transportation for the group and worked with Pawandeep Singh, Veena Katdare, Madhav Katdare and Renu Thapliyal Kotnala to provide food. The group also received behind-the-scenes help from Gandharv Bhagat, Puneet Bhatnagar, Kartikay Bhagat and Inam M. Inamullah. The group is thankful to Shiv Agarwal for his support.

- Bhavana Kunnath

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