Kaagaz Ke Gubbare

Date: 15th June 2024
Time: 6:30 pm (100 minutes)
Venue: KCC Amphitheatre

‘Kaagaz Ke Gubbare’ is a captivating performance that brings to life the writings and short stories of the legendary Ismat Chughtai. The performance features a selection of six of her short stories: Kunwari, Ek Shauhar Ke Khatir, Chhui Mui, Gharwali, Pesha, and Ghoonghat. These narratives are explored through a blend of dramatized readings, theatrical performance, percussion, and songs.

The performance delves into themes of love, jealousy, betrayal, and the quest for identity. The metaphor of ‘kaagaz’ (paper) symbolizes the fragility of the female condition, while ‘gubaare’ (balloons) represents the potential to rise when ignited by passion.

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About the Director: Anubha Fatehpuria

Anubha Fatehpuria, an accomplished actor with a rich background in theatre. She is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puruskar (2013-14), The Telegraph SHE Awards (2019), and the Shyamal Sen Smriti Puraskar (2007) for her theatre work. An actor with Padatik, Kolkata since 2002, she is currently Director-Programmes, Padatik Theatre.

On stage, she has worked under varied directors including Habib Tanveer, Shyamanand Jalan, Usha Ganguli, Alyque Padamsee, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Vikram Iyengar, - to name a few. On screen she has worked with directors like Laxman Utekar, Seema Pahwa, Prasoon Pandey, Aparna Sen, Shoojit Sircar, Marcel Odenbach - to name a few. Anubha received the Best Supporting Actress at the 7th FOIO Awards for the film ‘Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi’ written and directed by Seema Pahwa. We see her essaying roles in films and web-series like Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi, Mai, Lost, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, Sumo Didi, Disturbed Places, Hustlers, Teri Baaton Mei Aisa Uljha Jiya, and others.


Ashok Kumar Singh
A stalwart of Kolkata’s Hindi stage since 1975, Ashok Kumar Singh has directed and acted in numerous acclaimed productions. He has collaborated with renowned directors and has a rich portfolio of TV and film work. He is the founder of The Ultimate Theatre.

Kalpana Thakur Jha
With three decades of experience, Kalpana Thakur Jha has performed with prestigious theatre groups and directors. Her notable performances include roles in plays directed by Usha Ganguli and Ashok Singh. Kalpana is also a published poet and news anchor.

Karuna Thakur
Karuna Thakur, a Hindi theatre actress from Kolkata, has acted in over 100 shows across India. She has won awards for her performances and has worked as a TV news anchor.

Palash Chaturvedi
A visual artist and advertising professional turned writer and theatre artist, Palash Chaturvedi has penned several acclaimed plays and has worked with various notable theatre institutions.

Titas Dutta
Titas Dutta is a queer-female theatre maker and performer with nearly two decades of experience. She is the artistic director of Birati Samuho Performers Collective and advocates for inclusive content and practices in theatre.

Swati Sharma
An engineer and MBA graduate, Swati Sharma discovered her passion for theatre after her corporate career. She is a familiar face in Kolkata’s Hindi/English theatre scene and is also a certified NLP Somatic Coach.

Sukrit Sen
A Heritage and Disaster Manager by profession and a musician by passion, Sukrit Sen has been involved with Indian Classical Music for over 25 years. His research focuses on creative advocacy through music for climate action.