Ok, so we tend to get a little patronizing about our own family members, especially when that person happens to be your younger sister. You kind of tend to pat them on their back and treat them like a child and then look back at your life and realize how utterly stupid that attitude was. It was a typical attitude of a Punjabi elder brother completely confused about his responsibilities towards her.
So now my younger sister Sohaila is doing things that make me sit up and take notice. Things in my own field. Things that are quite awesome. She has started the Hungry Hearts Festival in Delhi. They need support and I will let Sohaila’s own words take over. I am supporting them and if there is anyone else out there that would like to do so in any way , please write to Sohaila who has sent the following message :
I write on behalf of Hungry Heart Festival which is a society dedicated to bringing sensitive issues touching our lives, in the form of theatre and other performing arts in its various forms, to the Delhi audience.
The first casualty during an economic downturn is art and culture. It isn’t any different in the recent recession. But lovers of culture cannot sit back and wait for it to tide over; sitting back may spell a harsh downturn for the fledgling entertainment scene in the capital that had taken wings only recently.
The Hungry Heart Festival has prepared two new plays, musicals that will help one relax and be entertained in these trying times. The musicals are dedicated to the resilient spirit of Mumbai, the mecca of unabashed entertainment and Bollywood, the mean machine that achieves those ends, even in the most stressful of times!
`Mahim Junction’ is an entertaining mix of nostalgia and cinema. It is a Bollywood film of the 70s unraveling on stage. A time when heroes wore their hearts on their sleeves and the villains paved the streets of Mumbai with gold. A time to dream, and the time at hand, to chase those dreams.
‘Rubaru, Rk in Russia’ unveils the unraveling of the actors and what unfolds in the ensuing days as they are mysteriously stranded in the Gobi Desert, as the actors roll out and roll up the performing carpets every day, rehearsing for the impending show, even as they wait and wait for help to arrive….. . Caught in the mirage of an endless wait, the material world around them in the form of their costumes, make up props acquire new proportions of meanings. Will they realize, albeit too late, there is only one ultimate supreme Truth, Love
We have been fortunate to receive part funding from an esteemed government body. But more is less when one is ambitious about big quality musicals. ‘Mahim Junction’ by Sohaila Kapur, is scheduled for the 18th and 19th of April at the Epicentre, Gurgaon and 1st of May at the India Islamic Centre. ‘Rubaru, RK in Russia’ by Smita Bharti, will be premiered on the 9th of May at the India Islamic and on the 16th and 17th at the Epicentre.
We invite you to partner with us in our Brochure, for six shows, in our attempt at raising the spirits of Delhi-ites in these hard times, by helping these stomp-happy musical extravaganzas become a reality, with your support.
With this support, you will be ‘presenting the show’.
We will also be partnering with Helpage to pass on a percentage of our receipts to them.
With Warm Regards,
Sohaila, Monica , Smita
Hungry Heart Festival, a registered society, co founded by Monica Bhasin, Sohaila Kapur and Smita Bharti, is a New Delhi based initiative that promotes theatre, filmmaking and the visual arts, empowering creative professionals to turn their visions into realities.
Press Reviews In The U.K.
(in its previous incarnation as `Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’) ?
If you are about to purchase a ticket for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest assault on culture, `Bombay Dreams’, then please don’t: the real action is in Edinburgh this August. Fringe shows do not come bigger than Sohaila Kapur’s Yeh Hai Mumbai…
—Paul Dale- The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh Events Guide) ? ?
What Kapur and Sanjoy Roy have achieved is an engagingly vivid evocation of how life in India connects with Bollywood Films in more ways than just watching on screen escapist romance & adventure… the sheer energy of the musical numbers and its unexpected edge of political home truths might well surprise and delight you.
—–Mary Brennan – The Herald ?
The Traverse is the venue for the show that won this year’s Herald Devil awarded for embracing the spirit of the Fringe ……it went to ….a celebration of Bollywood, Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’…
—–Keith Bruce – The Herald ?
All the passion and cheesy plot devices of classic Bollywood musical cinema has come to the Traverse in a production that sings, dances and even has a political edge….at every turn of the plot, the cast breaks out into song. Big allegorical numbers that turn the city’s dusty streets into paths by rivers of gold.
—–Thom Dibdin – Edinburgh Evening News ?
The bald headed energy with which `Yeh Hai Mumbai….’ tackles this key subject of corruption in Indian politics, its links with the huge cash machine that is Bollywood and its connection with the deliberate incitement of tensions between the Hindu and Muslim Communities, that make the show well worth seeing.
—–Joyce McMillan – The Scotsman
Press Reviews in India (only one show has been held so far, on Dec 5, 2009):
Mahim Junction…. first opened at the Edinburgh Fringe festival 2002 as ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai’, to rave reviews…..
The lead actors do a fine job in endearing themselves to the audience. This is to the credit of their histrionics and the director’s instructions…….With a large cast of nearly 20 actors, the stage is always a flurry of movement helping to create a Bombay platform.
The play adopts a voice for today’s time, by urging civil action and political reawakening.
-The Hindu, New Delhi
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IANS, New Delhi