The National Centre for the Performing Arts’ exciting April line-up showcases a mix of dance, music, and theatre

Shikhandi – The story of the In-Betweens

Venue: Experimental Theatre
Date: 1st April, 7:30pm
Tickets: Rs.675/- plus GST (members), Rs. 750/- plus GST (non-members)

Shikhandi- The Story of the In- Betweens is an English play (with some Hindi). This is a comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of Shikhandi. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the play questions maleness, femaleness and everything in between. Shikhandi is perhaps one of the earliest trans characters known in mythology.

SOI Chamber Orchestra
Venue: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre
Date: 2nd April, 7pm
Tickets: Rs.900, 600 & 375/- (members) & Rs.1200, 800, & 500 (non-members)

SOI Music Director Marat Bisengaliev leads musicians of the SOI in a programme including Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, hailed as “one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music”. The programme will also feature works by Sir Edward Elgar, of whose music Bisengaliev is a noted specialist.

Jazz Goes Retro
Venue: Tata Theatre
Date: 3rd April, 6:30pm
Tickets: Rs.750, 600 & 375/- plus GST (for members) & Rs.1,000, 800 & 500/- plus GST (non-members)

The ‘Jazzification’ series enters its fifth season at the Tata Theatre, NCPA. This year, ‘Jazz Goes Retro’ will feature the most popular hits of all time featuring the tunes of Michael Jackson, Elton John, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, amongst many others.

Ek Punjab Ye Bhi
Venue: Experimental Theatre
Date: 3rd April, 7pm
Tickets: Rs.450 & 405/- plus GST (members) & Rs.500 & 450/- plus GST (non-members)

Four stories from Ali Akbar Natiq’s short story collection Qaim Deen come together in a play format. Natiq, often called the modern-day Manto, sets these stories in rural western Punjab. The stories attack religious superstition, patriarchy, misogyny and end with a twist which is difficult to pre-empt and often leaves readers shaken in the end. Though dark and sombre in their expanse, the stories are riddled with wit and situational comedy and represent universal human follies.
Nostalgia In the Now
Venue: Experimental Theatre
Date: 7th April, 7:00pm
Tickets: Rs.675 & 450/- plus GST (members) & Rs.750 & 500/- plus GST (non-members)
‘Nostalgia in the Now’, as the name suggests, is a walk down memory lane as we remember the hits we grew up with, the songs we fell in love with, and the melodies that bring to our hearts a sense of nostalgia. Come join us as we take you on a journey through the Golden Age of pop music. Featuring songs by the Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, amongst others, Sonia Saigal and her eclectic set of musicians are bound to leave you wanting more.
Venue: Godrej Dance Theatre
Date: 8th April, 6:30pm
Tickets: Rs. 135/- plus GST (members) & Rs. 150/- plus GST (non-members)
Akram Khan had the privilege of learning tabla from stalwarts like Niazu Khan, and his own great grandfather, Mohd. Shafi Khan and father, Hashmat Ali Khan of the Ajrada gharana. He has to his credit a large number of solo performances at home and overseas. Having performed with some of the best Indian musicians, Khan is also popular as an accompanist. Following in the footsteps of his forefathers, he trains several students in tabla. Ronu Majumdar was mentored by eminent musicians such as Vijay Raghav Rao, Laxmanprasad Jaipurwale and Ravi Shankar. His technique and idiom of bansuri is deeply rooted in the Maihar gharana tradition.
Akram Khan (tabla) & Ronu Majumdar (bansuri)
Students of the SOI Music Academy
Venue: Tata Theatre
Date: 9th April, 6pm
The 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduating students of the SOI Music Academy are featured as soloists with the SOI Chamber Orchestra in a concert conducted by music director Marat Bisengaliev. The performance will also feature the SOI Academy Orchestra, comprising students of the SOI Music Academy.
A Fistful of Rupees
Venue: Godrej Dance Theatre
Date: 10th April, 5:30pm
Tickets: Rs- 450/- for members & Rs- 500/- for public
A Fistful of Rupees considers the idea of what it means to truly ‘arrive’ in this expansive and yet tiny world. Flitting between grim realism and outright absurdist humour, the play is both an ode to Mumbai’s overpowering personality, as well as a heartfelt journey of a young person navigating opportunity and despair with equal earnestness. At some point, Raghav must decide whether he wants to continue to spectate and observe, or finally jump in as well.
Runner-up, Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2018 (Showcased at the Tata Lit Live! Mumbai Literature Festival 2018)
Jo Dooba so Paar
Venue: Experimental Theatre
Date: 10th April, 4:30pm
Tickets : Rs.675 & 450/- (Plus GST) for members & Rs.750 & 500/- (Plus GST) for Public
A musical daastaangoi on the life and times of Amir Khusrau. Jo Dooba So Paar throws light on the person that Khusrau was his relationship with his guru Nizamuddin Auliya and the advent of qawwali through them. The interesting anecdotes and tales woven in a daastaan accompanied with live qawwali singing give insight into the essence of Sufism and the importance of the eternally relevant message of love among humankind. Produced by Manav Kaul
Written and Directed by Shiv Tandan
Cast: Anuj Rampal, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Mallika Shah & Vaibhav Kapatia.

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