Opening this weekend, is Jagriti's second production of the year.
This time, they have chosen a two-hander by Bangalore's very own novelist, playwright and actor - Poile Sengupta.
Directed by Arundhati Raja, Alipha promises to be captivating and frighteningly relevant in our country's current socio-political climate.
A powerful politician’s son gains power. A young girl becomes an activist. Two lives that run in parallel. What happens when they finally intertwine? Written in 2001, Poile Sengupta’s riveting and hard hitting play remains as devastating in its relevance as it was seventeen years ago.
Poile Sengupta is a novelist, poet, playwright and short fiction writer, for both children and adults. She did her Masters in English from Delhi University and later studied Children’s Literature at Carleton University, Ottawa.
She has taught at college and school levels, and is a well-known theatre person. She has acted in several plays and in the award winning films The Outhouse and Shaitan. She has been on the Governing Council of India’s National School of Drama, and has also thrice been on the jury of Trinity College, London, international competition of plays for young people.
As a playwright, she has a book of six plays published by Routledge – Women Centre Stage, 2010.
She turned to drama with Mangalam which won a special award at The Hindu-Madras Playersplayscripts competition in 1993 and was first published, in Body Blows, an anthology of plays by three women playwrights, by Seagull Publishers, Kolkata, 2000. Keats was a Tuber was shortlisted and received a special mention at the 1996 British Council International New Playwriting Competition.
Samara’s Song was one of three plays in the final shortlist of The Hindu Metroplus Playscripts Competition, 2008. In 1999-2000, Sengupta received a Senior Fellowship for Literature of the Department of Culture, Government of India, to write plays for children. A set of seven one Act plays for children – Good Heavens! – was published by Puffin in 2006.