Dharamsala, July 17
The Dharamsala Residential International Theater Festival (DRIFT) ended on Sunday at the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) Club House in Mcleodganj.
Quasar Thakore Padamsee, director of a theater group – QTP – from Mumbai, said the festival was one of the most unique events his group had ever attended. “It is a joy to be here, to perform and to be part of a larger theatrical community. The audience has been fabulous and diverse in Dharamsala,” he said.
“Even at the workshop I facilitated, the energy of the participants was fabulous. Our country needs such festivals that foster a passion for theater while showcasing the theatrical work of the local community,” he added. His theater group presented a play—Every Brilliant Thing.
The day began with a performance by Subhadra Kamath’s musical ensemble. Subsequently, a play, Agarbatti, was presented by Ashish Pathak. One play, Samay Kaise Guzra, was presented by Delhi’s Aagaaz Theater and then another play, Saag Meat, was presented by Pratibha Rai. Movement therapy (play) was presented by Mitali Jangpangi. A workshop on creating comics was led by Alia Sinha. —TNS