Atelier’s ACT Festival Season 11
Atelier’s ACT aka Atelier's Campus Theatre Festival is the most sought-after theatre festival in the Campus Theatre circuit across the country. It is an annual feature of Atelier Theatre Society, aims at providing professional space for the promotion of theatre & drama amongst youth, especially collegiate theatre societies and groups.
Since its inception, ACT festival has facilitated more than 400 productions across India and is growing linguistically, thematically as well as geographically. The 11th season of ACT will be initiated on February 24, 2019, in New Delhi by a collegiate full-length production, followed by street; stage performances in different venues and will culminate on March 31, 2019, in Mumbai.
Festival Curator:- Kuljeet Singh
Festival Manager:- Gaurav Suri
Name of the play: Djinns of Eidgah
Team/college name: Aadhaar/Motilal Nehru
Synopsis: “Gar Firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.”
“If there is a heaven on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.”
These lines have always been spoken in context with Kashmir, but the beauty that lies in the valley is being overshadowed by the angst present there and it can be rightly said that -
“Gar dozak bar-rue zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.”
“If there is a hell on earth, it’s here, it’s here, it’s here.”
The Djinns of Eidgah is a story revolving around Bilal and his sister Ashrafi, who move to Srinagar after the demise of their father. Dr. Baig, a psychologist in the valley, plays the role of a doctor to Ashrafi, who suffers from PTSD, and a guardian to Bilal, always urging him to focus on his future and his sport; football, and to never indulge in stone-pelting. However, situations do not weave themselves in their favor, and Bilal ends up doing something he never thought imaginable.
Catering to all the viewpoints present in the valley, the play is as unbiased as it can get. It’s uniqueness lies in the portrayal of a vast range of ideologies and the raw reality, leaving the audience with echoes of the actual atmosphere and incidents that occur in the valley.