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About – Little Thespian

ABOUT LITTLE THESPIAN

LITTLE THESPIAN is a national character theatre group, which has become synonymous with offering people (audiences) intellectually stimulating and socially relevant plays mounted with artistic skill and professionalism. Hindi/Urdu theatre saw a spring after a long because its driving force husband-wife duo S. M. Azhar Alam and Uma Jhunjhunwala overcame the hurdles and delivered plays which turned quite a few stereotypes on their heads along the way because of its new and unique experimentations and thus creating a great emotional rendezvous between theatre, actors and audience.

LITTLE THESPIAN also publishes a theatre magazine- first of its kind- in Urdu, RANG RASA and is very active with the adaptation and translation of plays and stories.

LITTLE THESPIAN also conducts a 3 month diploma course on “Dramatic Recitation of Story and Poetry” in association with Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad and gives people the opportunity to hone their theatrical skills of reading, reciting and exploring our rich literature.

PRODUCTIONS OF LITTLE THESPIAN

FULL LENGTH PLAYS STORY THEATRE ONE-ACT PLAYS
Balkan ki Auratein (Urdu/Hindi, 2016) Playwright: Jules Tasca Translation: Uma Jhunjhunwala Dir. Mushtaq Kak Katha Collage-7 (Hindi/Bengali, 2016) Stories by Kusum Khemani Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Ol-Okun (Hindi/Urdu, 2010) Playwright: Ismail Choonara Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala
Dhokha (Urdu, 2016) Playwright: Rahul Varma Translation: Uma Jhunjhunwala Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Bu (Urdu, 2012) Story by Saadat Hasan Manto Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Raksi (Urdu, 2008) Play & Direction: S. M. Azhar Alam
Kabira Khada Bazar Mein (Hindi, 2015) Playwright: Bhisham Sahni Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Kuch Khaaniyaan (Hindi/Urdu, 2012) Stories by Agyey and Mohan Rakesh Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Pahle Aap (Urdu, 2006) Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala
Rengti Parchhaiyan (Hindi/Urdu, 2014) Playwright: Uma Jhunjhunwala Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Katha Collage-6 (Hindi/Urdu, 2012) Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Manto Ne Kaha (Urdu, 2005) Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Alka(Hindi, 2013) Playwright: Manoj Mitra Translation: Uma Jhunjhunwala Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Katha Collage-5 (Hindi/Urdu, 2010) Stories by Muzaffar Hanfi and Sheo Jhunjhunwala Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Namak Ki Gudia (Urdu, 2001) Play & Direction: S. M. Azhar Alam
Gainda (Hindi, 2011) Playwright: Eugene Ionesco Translation: S. M. Azhar Alam Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Bade Bhai Sahib by Premchand (Hindi/Urdu, 2009) Suinyowali Bibi by Iqbal Majid Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Tamsili Mushaera (Urdu, 1998) Script: Naseem Faique Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Patjhad (Urdu, 2009) Playwright: Tennessee Williams Adaptation: S. M. Azhar Alam Katha Collage-4 (Hindi/Urdu, 2008) Stories by Muzaffar Hanfi and Ismail Choonara Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Dard ka Portrait (Urdu, 1997) Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala
Question Mark (Urdu/Hindi, 2007) Playwright: Ismail Choonara Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Do Rang (Benagli/Hindi, 2008) Stories by Rabindranath Tagore Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Satgati (Hindi/Urdu, 1994) Story by Premchand Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala
Yaadon Ke Bujhe Huye Savere (Urdu, 2005) Playwright: Ismail Choonara Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Katha Collage-2 (Hindi/Urdu, 2007) Stories by Madhu Kankariya, Shailendra, Anis Rafi & S. Premi Dir. Uma Jhunjhunwala Black Sunday (Urdu, 1994) Playwright: Zahir Anwar Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Hayavadan (Nepali, 2004) Playwright: Girish Karnad Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam Katha Collage-1 (Urdu, 2007) Stories by Saadat Hasan Manto Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Shuturmurg (Hindi, 2004) Playwright: Gyandev Agnihotri Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Raksi Ko Srishti Karta (Nepali, 2003) Based on Leo Tolstoy’s “The First Distiller” Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Kanch ke Khilone (Hindi, 2002) Playwright: Tennessee Williams Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Lohar (Hindi, 1999) Playwright: Balwant Gargi Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Sulagte Chinar (Urdu/1996) Novel: ‘Death of a Hero’ by Dr Mulk Raj Anand Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam
Mahakal (Hindi/1995) Playwright: Avinash Shreshthra Dir. S. M. Azhar Alam

Every year Little Thespian organizes a National Hindi Theatre Festival, gathering prominent plays and personalities of theatre world on one platform giving a delightful experience to the audience, also it is the only Hindi theatre festival organized in Kolkata. It has been doing so continuously from 2010.

OUR THEATRE FESTIVALS IN COLLABORATION WITH MINISTRY OF CULTURE, GOVT. OF INDIA:

JASHN-E-RANG 2016-17 (A 6 day   festival celebrating theatre)

KRISHAN AUR BHISHAM 2015-16 (A 6 day   festival celebrating the birth centenary of   Krishan Chander   and Bhisham Sahni)

JASHN-E-RANG 2014-15 (A 6 day   festival celebrating theatre)

BE-LAGAAM MANTO 2012-13 (A 4day   festival celebrating the birth centenary of   Saadat Hasan Manto)

JASHN-E-TAGORE 2011-12 (A 4 day   festival celebrating Tagore in Urdu/Hindi   with a seminar on       Tagore)

KATHA COLLAGE UTSAV 2010-11 (A 5 day   national festival where 16 stories were staged   followed by   seminar on Story Theatre).