As the seat of empires for centuries, and with royalty as patrons, Delhi has long been a cultural center, attracting the best of painters, musicians and dancers. Though today’s patrons have changed, Delhi is more than ever the cultural capital of the country, and is also visited by foreign dancers, musicians and theatre groups en route to the Far East. Delhi has a rich and flourishing theatre culture and some of the best actors in the Hindi Film Industry have theatre background. The theatre scene in Delhi is buzzing with activity and spilling over with good acts. Here are some theatre groups you can be a part of; if you wish to act, write or direct.
KSHITIJ THEATRE GROUP
KSHITIJ theatre group was established in 1987 by few graduates of National School of Drama, with the aim of promoting Indian Art and Culture through theatre, by producing Modern and Classical Indian as well as Western plays on human relationships and various social issues, and by organizing theatre workshops in remote areas of the country. Many renowned T.V. and Film actors like Gaurav Gera, Raj Kumar Rao, Satyajeet Sharma, Sumit Vats and many more have been associated with the group. Apart from producing plays it has also been organizing theatre workshops every year in different remote areas of the country in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Govt. of India like in 1994 at Lohardaga (Jharkhand), in 1995 at Almora (Uttaranchal), in 1996 at Pauri (Garhwal, Uttaranchal).
Call: 9810 824194
SOCH THEATRE GROUP
Soch Theater group believes in meaningful entertainment and theater for change. The group is committed towards contributing to social development and betterment through its various Street and Stage Plays. The members of the group are professionals working with different MNCs, and regularly performs at various work locations across Delhi & NCR. With a strong will to give back to society, members of SOCH collectively formulate scripts with strong message for its audience. Their previous works have focused around street plays on Road Safety,- Sadak Suraksha Jeevan Raksha, Clean India,- Swachh Bharat etc.
Address: Shalimar Bagh Paschim Vihar Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Call: 095602 33116
ACTOR FACTOR THEATRE COMPANY
Established in December 2006, it is a space for independent artists who have chosen Theatre Arts as a medium to communicate with humankind at large. It is a ‘private’ theatre laboratory, where individual artists from various disciplines come together to form a collective intellectual force. They, thus, collaborate to hone their individual tools, explore and experiment – with form and content – in their single-minded effort to discover newer means to enrich the performer-audience relationship. The intent has been to maximize Theatre’s potential reach, and to demystify the art form for the common people.
Call: 099718 19966
Office: D-875, New Friends Colony, New Delhi
Dramatech is a renowned amateur theatre group of Delhi, formed in 1984 by a few alumni of IIT Delhi. Over time, it expanded to attract talent from other institutions, in particular Delhi University and IIMA. The group now has about 90 members, mostly working professionals, homemakers and students. Dramatech has staged 33 classics, and its repertoire includes both Hindi and English plays.
Hindi: Ten little niggers, Witness for the prosecution, Panchi aise aaate hain, Udhvast dharmshala, Raktbeej;
English: The glass menagerie, A streetcar named desire, Harvey, The elephant man.
Call: 088006 49019
Address: S-326, Panchsheel Park
CHHAON THEATRE GROUP
Chhaon was established with an idea to disseminate Indian culture and literature through Performing Arts, especially Theatre Art. Started in 2005, Chhaon is based in Delhi and formed with an objective to provide a healthy entertainment through their quality performances and to promote Indian Culture. Moreover, its a cultural wing of a nationwide NGO “CHHAON” and thus we also perform Stage Plays/Street Plays/Skits to make masses aware about different issues. Chhaon Theatre Group, is striving to set a national standard for intimate theater experiences of the highest quality, featuring provocative plays by passionate playwrights.
Call: 099115 8271
Z-3, Street-4, Road-5, Shyam Vihar Ph-1, New Delhi
26, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Near Tilak Bridge Railway Stn. New Delhi (Nearest Metro: ITO Gate-1)
Asmita Theatre is one of the leading Hindi theatre groups in the country and stands committed to aesthetically innovative and socially relevant theatre. Since its inception in 1993, ASMITA has carved a niche for itself in the Indian theatre scene by staging plays of varied socio-political interest while not losing out mass appeal. The group takes up contemporary issues to underline the contours of our time, while providing the best of entertainment. ASMITA has performed in all major theatre festivals of India and abroad including International Solo Theatre Festival- Armenia, International Theatre Festival, Nizhnevartovsk-Russia, International Theatre festival- France, National School of Drama Festival (Bharat Rang Mahotsava), Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Darpana Academy of Performing Art’s festival (Ahmedabad), Delhi International Arts Festival 2007, Nandikar National festival, Vivachana Theatre Festival, Old World Theatre Festival, Times Festival, Muktibodh Natya Samaroh, World Social Forum and Nehru Centre Festival- Mumbai.
Call: 097111 00036
YATRIK THEATRE GROUP
Yatrik was founded in 1964 with various objectives; to project the arts as a dynamic, living force in our times and provide regular, sustained performances of theatre, music and dance. Yatrik has many “firsts” to its credit: the first to establish & maintain weekend repertory theatre, first to employ full-time personnel and pay actors & directors, to start regular plays by and for children. Summer Theatre Workshops have been a common and popular feature.The emphasis is on variety, experimentation and an effort to present the best in world theatre. Persons who have worked with Yatrik over the years as Directors & Actors are today outstanding and well-known theatre, film & TV celebrities. Some of these include: Joy Michael, Roshan Seth, Sushma Seth, Kusum Haidar, Alyque Padamsee, Marcus Murch, Barry John, Bhaskar Ghose, Sunit Tandon, Avijit Dutt … amongst many others.
Call: 088263 65666