THEATRE “Aranya” based on Horacio Quiroga’s story 'The Son' > 22nd & 24th February 2018

Venue : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP)
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22nd February : 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 22/02/2018 19:00 22/02/2018 20:30 Asia/Kolkata THEATRE “Aranya” based on Horacio Quiroga’s story 'The Son' Event Page : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi - 110001 DD/MM/YYYY
24th February : 4:30 pm Add to Calendar 24/02/2018 16:30 24/02/2018 18:00 Asia/Kolkata THEATRE “Aranya” based on Horacio Quiroga’s story 'The Son' Event Page : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi - 110001 DD/MM/YYYY

Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)

Venue : Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place (CP), New Delhi - 110001

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Metro : Nearest Metro Station - 'Rajiv Chowk' (Yellow Line and Blue Line)
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Event Description :  THEATRE “Aranya” based on Horacio Quiroga’s story 'The Son'
Saitan Theatre Festival
As part of 'Literature and Thinking' Series. 

Cast: Bhoomika Meena, Armeen Kaur Ahuja, Vaishnevi, Sandeep, Sagar, Shubham, Bunty, Devesh, Gitanjali, Himanshi Dahiya

Script & design: Hemank Soni

Synopsis: The story revolves around a 18 year old girl, Aranya and her mother. Their home is adjacent to a forest filled with joy, adventures, smiles and also darkness. The play explores the ideas of parental paranoia and the free spirit of children.

About the author: Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga penned short stories inspired by the jungle before committing suicide in 1937. He is considered among the greatest Latin American storytellers of all time.
Horacio Quiroga was born on December 31, 1878, in Salto, Uruguay. His father accidentally shot himself during a hunting trip a few months later, just the first of several tragic events that would take place during Quiroga's life and color much of his later work. His family moved around during his youth, eventually settling in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, where Quiroga attended university, developed an interest in literature and began to publish his short stories. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his hometown and founded both a literary magazine and a cycling club.
But tragedy struck again in 1899, when his stepfather committed suicide. Seeking solace from the experience, Quiroga traveled to Paris on a four-month trip. Returning from Europe in 1900, Quiroga settled once again in Montevideo and the following year saw the release of his first literary collection, The Coral Reefs. The poems, poetic prose and stories within its pages didn’t bring Quiroga to national attention, as the work was that of a novice
looking for his footing. Regardless, the achievement was overshadowed by the death of his two brothers, who succumbed to typhoid fever that same year. Unable to escape the cruel hand of fate, the following year Quiroga accidentally shot and killed a friend while checking his pistol before a duel. After a brief detention Quiroga was cleared of any wrongdoing by the police, but he was unable to escape his feelings of guilt and left Uruguay for Argentina, where he would spend the rest of his life. Settling in Buenos Aires, Quiroga found work as a teacher and continued to develop his writing, publishing the collection The Crime of Another in 1904 and the short story "The Feather Pillow" in 1907, both of which showed promise, as well as the considerable influence of the work of Edgar Allan Poe. During Quiroga's time in Buenos Aires he frequently made forays into the nearby jungle, and in 1908 he moved to a farm in the nearby jungle province of Misiones. Ensconced there, he began publishing stories that led his reader into the jungle right along with him, both physically and metaphorically, haunting them with his dark viewpoint and metaphoric horrors. Quiroga also continued to work as a teacher, and in 1909 he married one of his students, Ana Maria Cires, and moved her out to his jungle home. Although they would have two children in the
coming years, the remote and dangerous life they led proved too much for Ana, and she committed suicide by drinking poison in December 1915. Following this tragedy, Quiroga returned with his children to Buenos Aires and worked in the Uruguayan consulate. He also continued to write, and it is the stories from this period that led to Quiroga's identification as the father of the modern Latin American short story. Such works as Tales of Love,
Madness and Death (1917) and Jungle Tales (1918) brought to life Quiroga’s world, one that depicted both the violence and allure of the jungle. Hitting his stride, Quiroga continued his prolific output in the new decade, publishing the play The Slaughtered (1920) and the short-story collections Anaconda (1921), The Desert (1924), "The Decapitated Chicken" and Other Stories (1925) and The Exiled (1926). He also ventured into criticism during
this time and authored a screenplay for an unrealized film project. In 1927 Quiroga remarried, to a young woman named Maria Elena Bravo, and two years later published his second novel, Past Love. In 1932 they moved back to his farm in Misiones, but the difficulties that had plagued Quiroga all his life followed him there. Amidst a persistent
illness, he published his last work in 1935, around which time his wife left him and returned to Buenos Aires, where Quiroga himself returned in 1937 to receive treatment. He was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, and on February 19 of that year he committed suicide by drinking poison.

About the theatre company: Saitan Theatre Group. While carving a niche in their professional arenas, this team of dedicated thespians is constantly sharpening their skills to enter into a world of grease and paint to show their theatrical prowess. While some are dexterous with scalpel and stethoscope, and others are steadily and successfully making their mark in their respective fields, their focus remains firmly grounded in the world of art.
Launched in July 2014 by two sprightly youths, Namita Verma and Rajneesh Gautam, this theater group operating under the name SAITAN, which is derived from Saint and Satan, wants to present before the world the two extremes that exist in every person! They have done 12 stage productions till now and working on more.

About the director: Rajneesh Gautam has studied at University college of medical sciences, Delhi University. He has been associated with theatre for last 10 years as a writer, director and an actor. He has been trained under NSD professionals for annual productions for various theatre festivals at Siri Fort auditorium consecutively for three years. During his college days, he practiced street and stage theater with the college dramatics team. After college, he has been associated with various renowned theatre groups like Atelier, Curtain Calls, Illusionists, Roobaroo theatre group, Theatre in motion and performed at various National and State level theatre festivals like Kala Ghoda festival, Ateliers Campus theatre festival, Sahitya Kala Academy theatre festival, Jashn-e-Dilli, Jashn-eAazaadi,
Urdu Academy theatre festival, Thespo Theatre Festival, Bharangam Theatre Festival etc. He has founded his own theatre group "SAITAN" in July 2014. They have done 12 stage productions till now and working on more. He has associated with an NGO “CEED” to perform street plays under “Solar Rooftop Programme” & “Help Delhi Breathe” campaign at various locations in Delhi. They did 21 performances throughout Delhi. He has worked with various NGO’s named OM Foundation, Carol Foundation, Swarachna Trust etc. A poet at heart he believes in the freedom of art and speech. 

Directed by: Bhoomika Meena, Hemank Soni

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