Dastaan LIVE


Dastaan Live is a multi-arts experience that amalgamates live music with the visual arts, sound & light design and live theatrical performances to tell the story of a city. Dastaan LIVE is a response to the many realities of lives in urban India.

With music composed by Anirban Ghosh and Sumant Balakrishnan at its foundation, Dastaan live is driven by visuals and poetry from Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Sahir Ludhianvi, Majaz, Nazir and Baba Nagarjuna. It seeks to explore new ways to make the show more immersive for audience members and provide a forum to cast light on their own experiences and perspectives on the issues raised during our performance.

Get a glimpse : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ViOcggoPM


Anirban Ghosh (Bass Guitar)

Sumant Balakrishnan (Guitar / Vocals)

Nikhil Vasudevan (Drums)

Sudheer Rikhari (Poetry / Vocals)

Varun Gupta (Percussions)

Jagtinder Singh Sidhu (Hindustani Vocals)

Subhanshu Singh (Guitar)


Yashas Chandra (Live Projections)

Anurag Dasgupta (Visual Documentation)

Pinak Mokashi (Visual Documentation)


Lights & Space Design & ProductionAnkit Pandey, Abhinav Khetarpal

*part of Tech Quartet

Live SoundKrishna Rao

Photograph by Nikhil Sandhu


h.g.installation in 9 rooms, one prologue and one epilogue


Trickster-p takes a fairytale as a theme and dives into a universe of images, memories and sensations evoked by the story.

.h.g. is a reading – and revision – of the classical fairy tale of Hänsel and Gretel, in the shape of an installation where theatre and visual arts merge. The spectator walks through 9 different physical- sensory rooms accompanied and guided by earphones. Each room is a world on its own, a passage into universes suspended halfway between reality and dream: here the mind slips into the imaginary and the external spectator becomes an integral part of the experience. The installation evolves along the points of rupture and intersection of the story, in search of the links between the world of childhood and the world of adulthood.

Hänsel and Gretel is a beastly, cruel and merciless story.


It is a story made of sounds and silences

It is a story of bones and flesh, of food and hunger

It is a story about home, the forest, then again home

It is the story of two children who go into the thick of the forest holding hands

It is a story with both a clean and ferocious smell.

Suspended between ferocity and childlike lightness, .h.g. strives to be an experience both aesthetical and sensorial.


An audio walk for one spectator at the time. Individual journey lasts around 30 minutes.

Created by Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl

Photographs by Studio CCRZ




Two performers, through their playful  banter find a small entry into the space occupied by the fundamental Indian epic-The Ramayana, only to get carried away by the force of what unfolds. Slowly the visual narrative expands, grows more complex and takes the two storytellers deeper into a surreal stream. As they journey in this stream, they find new and contemporary perspectives in the abstract world, and the epic reveals itself to them in many new and unexpected ways, making this journey a new Ramayana of sorts, but one with a playful wink. The audience is invited to join the performers on this roller coaster ride, and discover this new world with them. Perhaps even find their own answers to the questions they are confronted with along the way.

This performance explores the world of The Ramayana through live sound, video art, choreography and stage design.

Ramanaya is inspired by the fundamental Indian epic The Ramayana, its various retellings, and how it continues to occupy the imagination of millions of people in the Indian subcontinent and several other parts of Asia. This performance, however, is neither an adaptation, nor an interpretation. It seeks, at best, to enter a space occupied by the epic and to recreate elements from the Ramayana based on the interactions between the performers and the sound, video and stage designers.


Language: English

Duration: 70 minutes

For ages 8+


Director/Choreographer: Felix Mathias Ott

Performers: Puja Sarup and Vinod Ravindran

Video Artist: Benjamin Brix

Sound Design: Nikhil Nagaraj

Production Manager: Bharavi

Photographs by Benjamin Brix

Supported by the International Co-Production Fund of the Goethe-Institut


No Rest in the Kingdom

No Rest In The Kingdom, a devised, physical theatre performance, came out of the need to have a conversation about the daily misogynies we are complicit in perpetrating.

A comedy with music and movement, in which the performer plays four characters – two male, one female, and one feline, No Rest In The Kingdom draws from the lives of urban characters who speak similar languages of consumerism and technology.

Young and old men and women who are themselves baffled at this ‘gender question’ often find themselves walking on thin ice, oblivious, and sometimes very aware of the dangerous biases they hold. The laughter often received is both ludicrous and uncomfortable — oftentimes knowing — that the outrageous world of inequities we inhabit is very much within us.


Language: English

Duration: 60 minutues

For ages 13 +

Written, directed, and performed by Deepika Arwind

Supported by Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices

Photograph by Richa Bhavanam

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Performance of the play

Meet Shilpa, an attractive, interactive and user-friendly mobile phone app that has been projected to be the most popular app of the year. Created using the latest technology, Shilpa will sing for you – in the flesh. She will sing the songs you want to hear with her sugary and husky voice, and shake her hips when you want her to as she dances to your favourite tune. Best of all, she behaves exactly the way women are supposed to behave in the eyes of men; that is, until the next update is released. Starring singer-actress MD Pallavi, this one woman show is a witty, humorous and satirical interrogation of what it is like being a woman in the entertainment industry today. The Indo-German collaboration explores the realms of digital dramaturgy, repetition and user choices to create a new hybrid form of heatre-meets-performance art.
Try the app for yourself in a beta test that will have you roaring with laughter as Shilpa charms you with her sparkling personality.

Performer: MD Pallavi

Director: Sophia Stepf

Text Collaborators: Swar Thounaojam, Irawati Karnik

Live Sound: Nikhil Nagaraj

Light Design: Mohammed Mustafa A

Lights: Niranjan Gokhale

Assistant Director: Rituparna Battacharya

Production & Stage Management: Veena Appiah


Created in 2016 in response to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised sexual intercourse against the heteronormatively defined ‘order of nature’ in India for over 150 years, before it was finally scrapped by the Supreme Court of India in September 2018, Queen-size is a choreographic exploration that takes the form of a detailed study of the intimacy between two men. The duet was initially triggered by Nishit Saran’s article titled ‘Why My Bedroom Habits Are Your Business’, first published in the Indian Express in January 2000.

Played out on a charpoy, Queen-size makes an embodied argument for the fundamental right to love by examining the nuts and bolts of a close encounter between two male bodies. In protest against this draconian law that governed and affected millions of lives, Queen-size has been performed over 60 times in more than 25 cities across India between 2016-18. The extensive tour included Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Imphal, Aizawl, Dadri, Kolkata, Guwahati, Sonepat, Shillong, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kanchipuram, Pune, Pondicherry, Bangalore, London, Hamburg and Basel. In celebration of this historic judgement that declares that societal notions of heteronormativity cannot regulate constitutional liberties based on sexual orientation and that the state has no business to intrude into personal matters, Queen-size continues to travel across India and other parts of the world in 2018-19.

Queen-size runs in a 45-minute loop played out continuously over two and a half hours. The audience can enter the performance space at specific intervals through this period, and stay for as long as they like.

“Autonomy is individualistic. Under the autonomy principle, the individual has sovereignty over his/her body. He/she can surrender his/her autonomy wilfully to another individual and their intimacy in privacy is a matter of their choice. Such concept of identity is not only sacred but is also in recognition of the quintessential facet of humanity in a person‘s nature. The autonomy establishes identity and the said identity, in the ultimate eventuate, becomes a part of dignity in an individual.”

-An excerpt from the landmark Supreme Court judgment that decriminalized homosexuality in India by reading down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code on 6 September 2018.

Dancers & Collaborators: Lalit Khatana and Parinay Mehra

Choreography: Mandeep Raikhy

Soundscore: Yasuhiro Morinaga

Lighting Design: Jonathan O’Hear

Technical Execution: Govind Singh & Kavi Dutt

Costumes: Virkein Dhar

Charpoy Design: Lalit Khatana

Production Support: Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council, Japan Foundation, Nishit Saran Foundation & Gati Dance Forum

Photograph by Desmond Roberts

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Rosamma the Cow is fast turning into an unbearable pain. She scolds, she rants and raves, and makes life miserable for all the other animals on the beautiful farm. Find out what happens to Rosamma when she’s sent off to a mysterious country far, far away.

A group of actors combine storytelling, object theatre, and shadow puppetry with live music and dance to tell a compelling tale of patience, love, adventure, and imagination.

Adapted from Andri Beyeler’s Die Kuh Rosmarie

Language: English

Duration: 60 min

For ages 5+

Director: Vinod Ravindran

Performers: Vinod Ravindran, Shweta Desai / Rency Philip, Anirudh Mahesh

Lights : Lakshmi Menon and Parthasarathi S

Art Work : Aruna M.

Stage Design : Jonathan Wilson


Park is a comedy about three men in a park fighting for their individual space. The playful banter escalates into violence as questions of space, territory and ownership become fraught with tension. Everyone seems to want to sit where someone else is already seated, and no one seems to want to give up their ‘seat’. Marking territory is considered an animal trait, and yet, no beast can beat a man at this game.

Language: English

Duration: 60 minutes

Age: 8+

Written by Manav Kaul

Director: Nimi Ravindran

Performers: Ashish D’Abreo, Deepak Subramanya, Jimmy Xavier

Lights: Bharavi

Photograph by Lekha Naidu


Kumbakarna and Lakshmana, brothers each to the two protagonists of the Ramayana, are connected by boons that dramatically alter their cycles of sleep and wakefulness. In the course of time both boons seem to acquire the dimensions of a curse, as they each have an uncomfortable outcome. Written, directed, and performed by Nimmy Raphael.



Performed by Adishakti, the play is structured around the rhythm of music instruments, especially the Mizhavu and tells the story through the recurring motifs of creation, celebration, destruction and return which resonates in the birth story of Ganapati. Directed by Veenapani Chawla.