Anusaar Theatre was founded by our very own Keshav Das and a few of his friends around July 1994. Keshav was the President of the Arts and Culture Society at his college, which got him in touch with like-minded individuals and so they got together to bring a little drama into the lives of those around them.

Since inception, the troupe won many best actor/director awards in inter-university/college street and stage play competitions during 1994–2000. Currently, many of the group are working in Bollywood as well as in TV serials and ads.

For instance, Deepak Dobriyal acted as Pappi in the movie, Tanu Weds Manu. Deepak began acting with us and then moved on to other productions.

Keshav, who is the current Director of Anusaar and an employee of IFIN, has worked with Kiran Kumar and Raza Murad in the serial Detective Karan for Doordarshan, besides his stint with Balaji Telefilms’ serial Gumrah (season 3 episode 3) and short film Padre on domestic violence.

We had a little chat with this man of many talents. Here is what he had to say about his troupe, acting and work life.

What does theatre mean to you?

Theatre is a sophisticated expression of a basic human need, one might call it an instinct, to mimic, project stories onto ourselves and others, and create meaning through narratives and metaphors.

I see this instinct expressed in children, when they act out real or imagined characters and events. We have evidence of theatre-like rituals in some of the oldest human societies, long before the foundations of Western theatre in ancient Greece. So theatre indeed is an essential part of lifestyle, which makes us human.

Theatre gives a message of different facts (for example, public discourses that lay at the heart of democratic life), builds listening skills for different situations, results in impactful conversation or argument, and empathizes the struggles of our fellow human beings.

Theatre is important as it stands as a live example of what we learn, what happens when there are conflicts, and how to manage and what to manage. We develop our faculty for imagining the outcomes of various choices we make.

Why do you do theatre?

Theatre does no harm. It is one of those human activities that doesn't really hurt anyone or anything. While we're engaged in making or attending theatre, or any of the arts for that matter, we are not engaged in war, persecution, crime, wife-beating, drinking, pornography, or any of social or personal vices.

For this reason, I believe the more time and energy our society devotes to theatre and other art forms, the better we will all do and be.

What does theatre do?

Theatre brings people together. For a performance to happen, anywhere from a hundred to a thousand or more people need to gather in one place for a couple of hours, and share together in witnessing and contemplating an event that may be beautiful, funny, moving, thought-provoking, or hopefully at least diverting from life’s worries.

In an age when we lack face-to-face communication, I think this gathering, adds value to our life and society as a whole.

According to you what is the general impact of theatre?

Both the making of theatre and attending plays contribute to education and literacy. Watching characters communicating and interacting in theatre is tricky; it requires sharp attention, quick mental shifts, and nimble language skills. It teaches us about human motivation and psychology.

Plays based on history, teaches us about our culture, leadership and government. Contemporary plays teach us about people and cultures in different parts or our own country or in other countries.

In parting, is there anything else you would like our readers to know?

Theatre influences the way we think and feel about our own lives and encourages us to take a hard look at ourselves, our values and behaviour.

Theatre, as an industry, contributes to our economy and plays a special role in the revitalisation of neglected neighbourhoods.

Following are a few major stage play productions, Keshav has been a part of as director and actor:

  • Hanush written by Bhishm Sahani

  • Danga & Maut Kishton Mein written by his college group

  • Bakri written by Sarweshwar Dyal Saxena

  • Janta Pagal Ho Gayi written by Safdar Hashmi

  • Muavaze written by Bhishm Sahani

  • Bharat Bhagya Viddhata

  • Chainpur Ki Daastan written by Ranjit Kapur

  • Bagiya Banchharam Ki Written By Manoj Mitra

  • Saiya Be-imaan written by Manoj Mitra

Author Bio

Keshav Das, is Manager with Asset & Structured team at IL&FS Financial Services ( IFIN ), based in Delhi

IFIN is a subsidiary of Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited ( IL&FS ), India Theatre is his passion and runs his own theatre group "Anusaar" as Director/Actor in Delhi.

Theatre is his passion and runs his own theatre group "Anusaar" as Director/Actor in Delhi.

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