A Day in the Life of Ponga Pandit

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English (subtitled), 27 min, 2003, India

During August-September 2003, India's pre-eminent theatre director, Habib Tanvir, and his troupe of rural actors, Naya Theatre, faced the wrath of stormtroopers of the Hindu Right for performing a traditional Nacha play, 'Ponga Pandit'. In town after town, wherever the actors went, they were greeted by slogan-shouting strongmen. Habib Tanvir and the actors of Naya Theatre, however, refused to stop.
Vidisha, 21 September 2003. This film chronicles what happened in that city on that day.

 
Producer:
Sudhanva Deshpande
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Sanjay Maharishi
Editing:
Sanjay Maharishi
Sound:
Manoj Jain
 
Awards and Screenings:

Widely screened in the cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Bikaner, Udaipur and at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.