ICCR presents screening of ‘When We Dead Awaken’

A scene from the play 'When We Dead Awaken' directed by Ratan Thiyam.
A scene from the play 'When We Dead Awaken' directed by Ratan Thiyam.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Aug 11: Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in association with J&K Academy of Art Culture and languages organised the screening of world famous play ‘When We Dead Awaken’ written by Henrik Ibsen and directed by India’s most celebrated internationally acclaimed theatre director Ratan Thiyam here at Abhinav Theatre Jammu.
Welcoming the august gathering Regional Director of ICCR Jammu & Kashmir, Balwant Thakur, said that as a part of the follow-up of ‘An interaction with Ratan Thiyam’, it was necessitated that out of the world works of Ratan Thiyam are shown to Jammu theatre lovers and practioners. Though there is no alternative to the live performance but at least this initiative of ICCR and J&K Cultural Academy will go a long way in exposing the J&K audience to the best of the theatre works being produced world over.
Commenting on the show Balwant Thakur said that Ratan Thiyam has tried to feel a different Ibsen based on the imagery, fantasy and ecstasy he has created in the play, far from the realistic and conventional mould. The performance becomes more subtle, symbolic, suggestive and stylised according to the demands of the content. Interestingly Ratan Thiyam has given a magical interpretation to a realist play which is almost a textbook for the younger generation of directors who grab the multimedia projector for the slightest need to disengage from realism. Thiyam’s tribute to Ibsen was theatre at its purest. Few other directors of his generation have constantly reinvented themselves as Ratan Thiyam. Balwant Thakur further informed that ICCR takes pride in the fact that this play was sponsored by ICCR to lot of International festivals including few in USA.
Dr A S ‘Amn’ Additional Secretary J&K Cultural Academy presented the vote of thanks and the show was conducted by Anil Tickoo and Aftab Singh Chauhan.