DASTAK, Singapore’s first and only 3 day Hindi Theatre Festival, announced its 3rd year edition to be held in Singapore between 15th- 18 November’ 2018 at Blackbox, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore. The festival is supported by National Arts Council Singapore, Krescendo Communications as a strategic alliance partner who plans to launch the festival in Asia Pacific region and other local sponsors. DASTAK as the name suggests is a knock on the social door. In line with Singapore’s multi-racial ethos, the objective of DASTAK is to showcase talent via Hindi theatre but not limited to Hindi-speaking audiences. To achieve this objective, DASTAK is an inclusive vehicle that involves non-Indian artists in the creative process and are having surtitles for all plays across all shows, to strengthen the cultural integration between India and Singapore.
As a festival, DASTAK showcases 10 hard hitting short plays directed by 10 different directors, it also has another connotation Das Tak which is a count from one to ten. The festival will witness over 70 members of cast and crew, almost all of them local talents – from established names to fresh entrants and also features illustrious local, non-Hindi speaking theatre directors. There will be total 6 shows, 2 matinee shows on 17th and 18th November and 4 evening shows on all 4 days. All 10 plays will be staged back to back on all days. The audience after the show get to vote for the best play. On the last day, post the audience poll the best Actor, Director and best play for the year 2018 will be announced.
Like each year DASTAK has shortlisted a theatre group from India, Ank Theatre. The play they are presenting in Singapore is titled EK DIN BANK MEIN – ONE DAY AT THE BANK a story adapted by Dinesh Thakur from Anton Chekov short story, A Day in the Bank. This play was shortlisted due to its comic take of the #MeToo campaign, the latest buzzword from India that is creating a global furore. However the play takes the campaign to a newer paradigm that is beyond sexual harassment. It is a take on any kind of exploitation that has a repercussion on the system. ‘Someone, somewhere will have to pay’ is the underlying message/theme of the entire play.
Mr. Ganesh Somwanshi, Founder, Krescendo says, “Indian’s today are global citizens and are coveted in almost every imaginable career across the world. By virtue of its diversity, India has 22 major languages, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects. However, it is one language that unites us all, the official Indian language, Hindi, with approximately 420 million speakers. Am sure the Hindi Theatre Festival will reach new horizons in ASIA Pacific Region.”
“DASTAK’s aim is to showcase talent and offer local audiences a variety in theatre. The festival also aims to make the Singapore theatre landscape as diverse as its social fabric. The true success of this event is in unravelling new local artists in performing arts streams – artists who are potentially of International calibre and who will attract global attention to Singapore’s growing theatre industry,” Shalaka Ranadive, Festival Director of DASTAK quips.
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