Khamosh Adaalat Jaari Hai

Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai (Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe) is a Marathi play written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar and first performed in 1968, directed by Arvind Deshpande The play was based on a 1956 novel, Die Panne (Traps) by Swiss playwright Friedrich Durrenmatt. The play has since been translated into 16 languages in India and abroad. In Hindi Sarojini Verma translates it. A group of amateur actors from different walks of life come to a small town to perform a play. When a cast-member does not show up, a local stagehand is asked to replace him. An improvised, free-flowing 'rehearsal' is arranged and a mock trial is staged to make the novice understand court procedures. A (mock) charge of infanticide is levelled against Miss Benare, another cast-member. All of a sudden, the pretend-play turns into an accusatory game when it emerges from the trial that Miss Benare is carrying an out-of-wedlock child from her failed illicit relationship with Professor Damle, the missing cast-member. Unfulfilled desires, hypocrisy, gender discrimination, social customs and manifestations of power are some of the ideas that this play tries to touch upon.

Date 12/13/2016 Time 19:00 Venue Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House, New Delhi Directed Tarique Hameed

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