The 2010 theatre season at Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) began on August 7 with the institute's theatre group, 'Sankalp', presenting a series of short plays on
The first presentation of the evening, 'Pratibimb', directed by Aashutosh Wadhwani, a final-year student of post-graduate programme in communication management (PGPCM), narrated the story of a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The character is in custody, accused of the murder of 13 people, and the play revolves around his interaction with a psychiatrist in an
Another Sankalp director, Ankit Akhauri, kept the audience glued to their seats with 'Stories from Partition'. Based on short stories by noted writer Bhisham Sahni, the one-act play captured the agony of Partition and the trauma it caused to the millions who had to migrate to a new homeland.
In yet another play called, 'While the Auto waits', adapted from an O Henry story, director Abhinav Krishna provided some light-hearted relief to the audience.
The script reflected the aspirations of the working class, and the frustrations of the rich and the mighty. It contrasted the frustration of a waitress who wanted to be one of the upper class elite, with the desperation of a rich and famous young man who wanted to live the life of ordinary people.
Surabhi Suri, a first-year PGPCM student who is also the contact person for the media, said: "Sankalp will be hosting a series of events this year, including street theatre, workshops and experimental plays.
These will culminate in a grand three-day theatre festival at MICA and the annual production at the Natrani amphitheatre in December."