New Harry Potter Stage Play A Sequel

By Aglaia Staff

When news of the upcoming play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” first broke in June, rumors swirled and everyone started making their own guesses on the production’s plot.

But new details have emerged on the two-part play, which author J.K. Rowling developed with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. It is set to premiere on London’s West End in 2016.
Most notably, we now know the play will be a sequel and should be considered the series’ “eighth story,” set to take place 19 years later, contradicting early reports predicting the play would be a prequel.
The epilogue to the final book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ takes place 19 years after the events of the book, and sees Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, dropping their children off at the Hogwarts Express.”

We’re also now seeing the first images of the play’s official artwork, which shows a child hunched inside a nest that appears to have black wings.
Below is a brief plot decription about what we can expect from the production:

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Preview performances will officially begin on June 7 and July 30 will mark the world premiere opening night.
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Ek Tha Tiger: The True Story

By Sunil Kumar

In 2012, movies are unleashed on us. A mega marketing blitzkreig, 3300 screens to maximize revenue. The movie industry touches on every known cliche in the book, to create maximum visibility. Spy thrillers have always been calls to the wild side, seeking adventure on the movie screen.

But, what happens to the real patriot? Should we be impervious to the true hero? The soldier should not be forgotten in the war, even though the generals hog the credit. Salman Khan’s “Ek Tha Tiger” may have all the ingredients for a masala blockbuster, but the man whose life this movie is based on should not be forgotten so soon by an ungrateful nation, especially politicians.

Ravinder Kaushik was born in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan in the year 1952.He was a good theater artist. During a national level drama presentation he came in contact with RAW, the Indian intelligence agency. He completed his graduation at the age of 23. After graduation Ravinder Kaushik Joined  RAW( The Research & Analysis Wing).

In 1983 he was caught and sentenced to death for spying. Later his death sentence was converted to life time imprisonment. India had already fought with Pakistan and China. Stung by the comprehensive defeat in 1971, the country was preparing for another war against India. When  the Indian army got this information, they sent Ravinder Kaushik to Pakistan as an Indian Spy with the help of RAW.

There Ravindra Kaushik took admission in Law College and completed his graduation in Law and then after learned Urdu also. After completing graduation, he joined Pakistani Army as an officer and went up being promoted to the rank of ‘Major’.. He fell in love with a local Pakistani girl and married her. In Pakistan he spied with new name Nabi Ahmed. He was the ‘Black Tiger’ of RAW . Some say he was rewarded by India’s then home minister S.B. Chavan while others testify that the title was conferred by then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

He was in the Pakistan Army from 1979 to 1983 and during this tenure, he dispatched valuable information to RAW which helped the Indian defence mechanism. But unfortunately Ravinder was caught by Pakistan. They put him in jail where he was tortured. In the 1985 he was awarded death sentence which was subsequently converted into life imprisonment.

Kaushik remained in various jails from where he somehow sent letters which revealed the pathetic health condition and the trauma faced by him in Pakistani jails. Ravinder Kaushik spent 18 years in Pakistani jails, where he contracted Asthma and TB. He died on 21 November 2001 in a jail at Mianwali. He was buried behind that jail.

Kudos to the Late Ravindra Kaushik, a real son of India who transformed his true i

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Ilham: Revelations or Remissions?

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By Sunil Kumar

We are close to the sixty-fifth year of the republic; in five minutes, I’ll be there. Forget the rest of the nation. I sit in Prithvi theatre, eat Tiramisu, read the Bhagavad Gita. Profundity is beyond me; but always at my side. The theatre is tucked away in Janki Kutir, part of Juhu, the semi-posh, laidback representative of India’s crassest and sometimes interesting city of Mumbai.

Destiny; according to some people is chance, karma, the meeting of minds. Or plain short orgasms. Maybe the BMW-driving, cigarette smoking dude at the entrance will agree. I am a consummate mixture; spiritual yearnings and material grievances. Understanding somebody else is beyond me; but I try to find a reason.

Prithvi is a small place; compared to London. It is a shame we only have very few theatres in the city, compared to the avid traditions of England. Probably, we know that all the world’s a stage; without really pondering over it.

I have come here to watch “Ilham”; the word means intuition or inspiration. Plays are supposed to be visual poetry; or plain regurgitation of India’s monstrous ills; our caste system; mythology, hypocrisy or the great survival story. Ilham is about madness or discovery.

It’s written by Manav Kaul, who’s penned Shakkar Ke Panch Daane, Shabd Sangit et al. He has also adapted and directed Sartre’s No Exit into Hindi as Antaheen as well as Vijay Tendulkar’s Ashi Pakhare Yeti into Kannada. So, now for the play.

It’s dark in the hall and the lights are switched off. A rotund gentleman comes along; performing strange gestures. They exemplify a search; some of my comic friends may disagree; it could remind them of something more terrestrial. The play deals with the meaning of existence; as perceived by what the world regards as a madman.

The play is philosophical, does not deal with our usual concerns; India’s more prescient evils; something all of us know a lot about; diversity finding unity; or coherence in dysfunction; the life story of love, or was it the gravity of obscenity. The acting is realistic; the actors are believable. Some conversations like the ones in the play do take place.

The man can hear the sound of the chirping bird; the dumb beggar speaking and has conversations with an illusory chacha. Some of the elements are supposed to be metaphysical; idioms that can be appreciated in a society that is aesthetic, free and open. Our republic despite its numerous failings still has many aces up its sleeve. It is a convenient melting point, trod upon, malleable ,sometimes reactive and aggressive.

I liked the elements of the play that try to find something beyond the confines of humdrum existence. Maybe, the whole act is set in a pristine reality, an India that existed thirty years back; now transforming into an urban maze of instant noodle marketing. Human civilization; art, science, commerce and wanton destruction. A million realities merging into one. Imaginary homelands.Death is often instant.

There are metaphors in the play; touching on the other side, landscapes of the mind. Till then, it’s late, adios. More to come.


(Happy Independence Day, India!)

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James Holmes May Have Sent Notebook

By Sunil Kumar

According to sources, accused movie theater shooter James Holmes may have mailed a notebook to his school detailing his plans to carry out a massacre.

The notebook believed to have been written by Holmes was mailed to the University of Colorado, where Holmes had been a student until dropping out last month, news portals indicate.

There are reports that the notebook was mailed to a specific psychiatrist at the university and that it contained “full details about how he was going to kill people, drawings of what he was going to do in it, and drawings and illustrations of the massacre.”

There are conflicting reports on whether the notebook arrived at the university before or after the massacre, but it was found on Monday during a search of the mailroom.

Holmes is believed to have walked into the Aurora, Colo., theater dressed in riot gear, brandishing at least three weapons at the front of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie premiere around midnight on Friday. He allegedly set off two smoke bombs before opening fire on the movie theater patrons with an assault rifle, shotgun and a handgun.

Sources indicate that twelve people died and 58 were wounded in the carnage.

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NSD Theatre Festival In Delhi

By Radhika Pawa

If you are in Delhi these days, you may want to check out the summer theatre festival organized by the National School of Drama. It has an extensive repertoire of plays that are shown throughout the year.

Some of the plays to be shown in the festival include Begum Ka Takia, Chekhov ki Duniya, Blood Wedding, Hamara Shahar Us Baras, Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki, among others.

Watch them live(The NSD Theatre Festival)

: NSD Summer theatre festival
Entry: Tickets at Rs. 100, Rs. 50, Rs. 30 for Kamani Auditorium and Abhimanch and Rs. 50 for NSD Lawn, available at the venue one  hour before the show.
Nearest metro station: Mandi House on the blue line

Types of Plays:

Ten-Minute Plays

One-Act Plays

Full-Length Plays


From the Greeks, here’s how a three-act play is subdivided:

  • The first act is the Protasis, or exposition.
  • The second act is the Epitasis, or complication.
  • The final act is the Catastrophe, or resolution.
Four more ideas: Conflict, Characters, Dialogue, Distinction, Existence, Show Not Tell: It is much better to show something rather than telling.

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