My Village is Theatre, My Name is Habib

Gaon Ke Naon Theatre, Mor Naon Habib
English (subtitled), 73 min, 2005, India

They crisscross the country by road and by rail, living out of suitcases and trunks, singing, dancing, performing. 'Naya Theatre' is a professional theatre company of rural actors from Chhattisgarh, founded in 1959. The company is led by Habib Tanvir - actor, writer director, singer, poet, designer, teacher. Through interaction with the actors in their villages, the making 'Zahareeli Hawa', Tanvir's translation of Rahul Varma's English play on the Bhopal gas tragedy, and incidents such as the time when Habib Tanvir and the actors came under attack from the Hindu Right in 2003 for performing 'Ponga Pandit', the film looks at life in Naya Theatre as the actors tour one city after another, performing continuously.
 

 
Producer:
Sanjay Maharishi, Sudhanva Deshpande
 
Creative Crew
Camera:
Sanjay Maharishi, Sudhanva Deshpande, Sudhir Aggarwal
Editing:
Sanjay Maharishi
Sound:
Asheesh Pandya
Actors:
Naya Theatre Actors
 
Awards and Screenings:

Selected Screenings:
Centre for Modern Oriental Studies and the Humboldt University's Institute for Asian and African Studies, Berlin, 2006
Indisches Kulturinstitut, Frankfurt, 2006
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, 2006
Film South Asia, Kathmandu, 2006
Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad, 2006
Nandan, Kolkata, 2005
Prithvi Theatre Festival, Mumbai, 2004
Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata, 2004