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Antanavarn sets benchmark of indelible drama in National Theatre Festival

Jammu, October 29 | Jammu’s first-ever participation in National Theatre Festival “Rangleela Natya Utsav” organized by non-governmental organizations Lakshya-The Aim and Nutan Prayas Manch has set a benchmark of revolutionary theatre making its milestones.

Stalwart actor Aditya Bhanu and promising rising theatre star Bindia Chandan joined ace exponent Sapna Soni in a trilogy entitled “Antanavaran” to execute a very bold and sensitive subject of a prostitute and her client unfurling the sexual behaviour of human beings towards sex.

The play was set on a dialogue between a client who is a Professor of Psychology in California university and has come to India to spend some time and a prostitute whom he meets in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai.

While the play contained an underling storey of sexual exploitation and revenge, it, however, treads on a line of a discussion on the psychological mindset of human beings in sexual demeanours.

The prostitute Maya Lewinsky unfurls professor Shekhar Agnihotri’s past historical anecdotes of life where he has been in continuous indulgence with sexual exploitation of young girls while being a teacher in various schools and institutions.

The dialogue reached the crescendo wherein it is revealed that Maya Lewinsky is the spirit of the one of the young girl who had been exploited by Shekhar in her childhood and come back for revenge.

Written by the celebrated playwright of the state Vikram Sharma, also the Festival Patron and Advisor of ‘Rangleela Natya Utsav’ and directed by senior Sapna Soni, the play “Antanavaran” left an indelible mark scripting golden letter words in theatre history of Jammu and Kashmir. The magnanimous set was designed by Anuroop Pathania, Festival Director whereas Festival Coordinator Sanam Sudan added haunting lights to the extravaganza.

The play “Antanavarn’ is scheduled to be held at Mumbai’s Kuku studio November ending. Shalini Sharma, the assistant director provided perfect costumes of the play while make-up was done by Shammi Dhamir. Music was handled by Aman Sangral.

In 15-days Rangleela Natya Utsav, 14 teams from states like Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal and Delhi participated. Plays of repute like Baki Itehas, Naagmandal, Tuglaq, Heer Ranjha, Kolaz of Life and Be-Libas were performed in the festival that received great appreciation from the audience.

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