|Bhanu Bharti is proud, and rightly so, of his work in experimental theatre where he has drawn from various forms and styles of dramatic presentation. This genre of his plays stands testimony to both his capacity for innovation and his consummate skill as a director. He remains unfettered by influences, and bound to no one style, for no style can be complete in itself. So while critics would love to label him, he has escaped their trap.
But there is consistency ----- in his thematic content and conviction. In the powerful portrayal of women. In seeking an understanding between urban and rural sensibilites. In the creative passion necessary for renewal and discovery in theatre.
At Aaj Rangmandal there is a continuous soaking in of the traditional and the ritualistic expressions of the Bheel tribe of the Mewar region of Rajasthan. In addition, its creative dialogue between contemporary and traditional theatre has led Aaj to develop a performance space with a spectacular juxtaposition of urban and tribal actors in productions that have gained repute both in national and international theatre.
THE TIMES OF CHANDIGARH
NOVEMBER 8, 2004