Standing outside my pick up point, waiting for my cab, I see an Uber all decked up with cool colourful posters. The cab driver takes a U-turn and halts the car right in front of me. I decide to click a picture of the car and then hop inside to continue my ride. Soon we find ourselves stuck in a slow traffic where my ‘Uber’ cool cab manages to turn many heads around. I overhear a conversation of two college kids discussing why the “Repertwahr Festival” cabs are all over the city. “Dude Repertwahr is that amazing theatre festival. Have you not heard about it before?” asked one of the boys; while the other simply chose to accept his ignorance. That’s when I realized that although we Lucknowites are quite familiar with the term Reperwahr, but do we actually know what Repertwahr Festival is all about?
Repertwahr is an emotion for every art enthusiast as it brings out the essence of theatre, music, cultural vibrancy and now laughter in its Season 8. Repertwahr Festival started its journey in 2009 as a five day theatre fest, which with its houseful shows, successfully initiated the culture of theatre over movies in the city. During this week long festival, theatre becomes a fun filled ride for the city and the masses willingly pay for their show tickets which are sometimes more expensive than the movie tickets. With Repertwahr, theatre is no more the leisure of the intellectuals and the elite, but an extravaganza for the masses. Artists from different parts of the country are not only invited to perform in the festival, but also to experience the vehemence of the country’s finest art festival.
The wait for Repertwahr Festival Season 8 has been long and this year the festival is going to be larger than ever. The entire week from 11th– 17th December 2017 at Sangeet Natak Academy, Lucknow will taste the mixed spices of art like never before. The ticket booking for the shows have already begun and here’s why you need to book your tickets ASAP!
1)The star studded Theatre fest –
This season is anticipated to be larger than ever and the shows of the theatre fest are studded with star theatre performers who are bound to enthral the audience with their fine performances. The fest kickstarts with the iconic theatre and film actor Saurabh Shukla’s thriller Barff, which will leave you with many unanswered questions on reality. The heartthrob who charmed many hearts with his brilliant acting skills in the web series Permanent Roommates, Summet Vyas will also be seen performing in the play One on One- Part Two. Vrajesh Hirjee, Rajit Kapur, Sudhir Pandey, Kumud Mishra, Manav Kaul, Padma Damodaran, Mukti Mohan, Sheena Khalid, Srishti Srivastava are some of the actors performing this season. A musical comedy Loretta, with the cast of actors like Abhijit Bhor, Asif Ali Beg, Rozzlin Pereira, Danish Hussain and many other will take you back to 70s on a river island in Goa.
What more? If you are a curious mind with lots of questions for the cast of the play, you should definitely not miss the Meet the Cast with Dr. Yatindra Mishra session, which aims to bridge the gap between the artists and the audience. Wow! *starts booking tickets*
2)A treat for the ears – the Music Fest
Move to the rhythm of the contemporary tunes and fusion beats with the Repertwahr Music fest all week long. This one of a kind music fest showcases some brilliant musicians from different parts of the country, who love to mingle desiness with a hint of firangi tadka. Away from the raunchy bollywood numbers and the dhinchak DJ waale gaane, this music fest will definitely sooth your soul and fill you up with good vibes. Blues, Jazz, Sufi folk, Folk fusion, Urdu Rock and Folk Acoustics are some of the genres to look up to this season. Artists like Parvaaz,When Chai Met Toast,Kabir Café, Ankur and The Ghalat family, Mame Khan, who became a household name with his performances on the Dewarists and the Coke Studio will be seen playing their music this time. The fest begins with the intriguing compositions of actor turned musician Namit Das+ Anurag Shanker and ends with India’s most loved band, the Indian Ocean.
3)Laugh Out Loud with Stand Up Comedy Fest
Every season Repertwahr Festival gets bigger and better and after a year’s long wait, Season 8 gets a brand new Stand up Comedy Fest to make the audience ROFL. Some of India’s finest stand up artists like Kunal Kamra, Varun Thakur,Sumit Anand, Rajneesh Kapoor, Gaurav Kapoor will be seen performing at the Repertwahr Comedy Fest. The laugh riot this year will surely make you laugh to your heart’s content.
Now that you know what Repertwahr Festival is all about, we are sure you’d not want to miss even a single show. The amalgamation of theatre, music and comedy fest will definitely light up the spirits of Lucknowites and give art a whole new meaning. We’ve already booked our tickets and are eagerly looking forward to the festival. Come and celebrate this joyful ride with Repertwahr this December and give art a chance. #LucknowBulaRahaHai Kya aapne ticket book kiya?