Jashn-E-Qalam | Storyteller

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Solo Performances of Hindustani Short Stories

A beautiful bride-to-be sees the groom for the first time on her wedding day. Her dreams turn into a nightmare; the prince’s face is not so charming. Is beauty in the eyes of the beholder?

After phones and cities, it’s time to make our citizens smart, too. ‘Sabka Saath, Apna Vikas’ is the motto of this Kafkaesque office where discipline & development go hand in glove.

The Writers:
Rajinder Singh Bedi (1 September 1915 – 11 November 1984) wrote of lives that were commonplace but hidden in their very ordinariness, the human spirit shone through in all its lustre and brilliance. His gift for finding the inner meaning in outer reality, took Bedi into the realms of suggestion, symbolism, metaphor & allusion.

Kamleshwar (6 Jan 1932 – 27 Jan 2007) depicted the trials and tribulations of society in flux, groping for new values in a crumbling old value system. True human sensitivity, his works demonstrate, is the antithesis of today’s pervasive sense of alienation.

The Artistes:
Shashwita Sharma is a professional actor in Theatre, Film & Television and a Kathak Dancer. Born into a rich tradition of music she was trained in Hindustani Classical Music (Vocal) by her Mother & Guru - Dr.Neelima Sharma. While graduating from Delhi University, she became a disciple of Kathak Maestro - Pt. Birju Maharaj and continued her training in Dance.

KC Shankar works as a multi-lingual professional Stage & Screen Actor. He has been with ‘The Phoenix Players’, an acclaimed English Theatre company under the guidance of thespians - Salim Ghouse & Anita Salim since 2009. He has worked on productions based on the writings of Neil Simon, Edgar Allan Poe & Franz Kafka.

The Group:
Jashn-E-Qalam is a Storytelling collective that celebrates the beauty & brilliance of Hindustani Literature with Solo Performances of Short Stories; at theatres, cafés, academic institutions, offices, homes & even public parks. Devoid of any sets, props or costume; they wield the power of the voice & body to communicate; transporting the listener into the magical world of imagination. They have also partnered with BMS Jukebox, Storytel & Saregama to create Digital Audio Stories.