The people gather around, excitement in their eyes, eager to know what happens next – will there be another death? A few slaps in slow motion or better yet, something with substance for a change? On the next episode of Purani Kahani, Nayi Zubani, the stage is set for action, passion, freedom and most importantly, melodrama! Get ready to see your favourite historic characters in an all new light this Malhar, as we give you the down-low on IPA (Indian Performing Arts, for those not familiar with the lingo)’s flagship event.

Ye dosti, hum nahi, todenge...
Ye dosti, hum nahi, todenge…
Team IPA. #TheatreGameStrong
Team IPA. #TheatreGameStrong

This year, Purani Kahani, Nayi Zubani- Malhar’s Hindi Theatre Event, presents a unique twist to the Past, as contestants will bring our history books to life on stage- but through the common man’s perspective. From Alexander’s Battle of Hydaspes to the Gandhi march, the possibilities are endless. As are the questions we have always pondered over. Were the youngsters of the 1930s prepared to sacrifice their videshi clothes? What did the aam aadmi think of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857? Luckily, you don’t have to imagine anymore!

Meanwhile, OG Tejaswini gives us a modern man’s perspective of the chipko movement.
Meanwhile, OG Tejaswini gives us a modern man’s perspective of the Chipko movement.

Well, IPA, colour us intrigued.

With Malhar just around the corner, the story has never mattered more! The participating teams have to come up with an innovative script, based either on real or fictional events, and embellish it with dialogues, props and costumes. All this while making sure the story is believable and true to fact. Phew! That is one ambitious undertaking! But no doubt just as entertaining to watch.

And here’s what’s in store for the finals: The teams have to perform a piece of original poetry. Yes! Javed Akhtar meets Richard Attenborough meets Ashutosh Gowariker in this battle of sagas. This event has all the makings of a period drama, complete with elaborate costumes, hilarious wigs, music, drama, and just the right bit of romance.

OG Pratha: But I want to be Mangal Pandey and Santa – YOU CAN’T STOP ME.
OG Pratha: But I want to be Mangal Pandey and Santa – YOU CAN’T STOP ME.

Right after Independence Day, this event is sure to awaken the patriot inside all of us. So be prepared to shed a tear or two for your country, as your chest swells up inadvertently, and your sinews chant Jai Hind.

“Tum mujhe coffee do, mein tumhe aazaadi doongi!”

Can you gain command of a room just with your words? Can you convey an emotion simply through your expressions? Can you keep your viewers glued to their seats as the plot unravels every minute, like fog rolling slowly towards a precipice? Think you can transport your audience to another era before exiting stage left? Here’s your chance:These could be your fifteen minutes of fame. Yeh sattar pandhra minute, tumse Khuda bhi nahi chheen sakta!

Whether you’re a history buff or not, don’t forget to stop by the hall and witness the awesomeness that is Purani Kahani, Nayi Zubani. We look forward to seeing you there.
As does OG Tejas, apparently.

DDLJ meets YJHD in this one. "Aao, Humare Gale Lag Jao!"
DDLJ meets YJHD in this one. “Aao, Humare Gale Lag Jao!”