Asmita, one of the leading Hindi theatre groups in the country stands committed to aesthetically innovative and socially relevant theatre. Since its inception in 1993, ASMITA has carved a niche for itself in the Indian theatre scene by staging plays of varied socio-political interest while not losing out mass appeal. The group takes up contemporary issues to underline the contours of our time while providing the best of entertainment.
Socio -political issuesThe group has 54 productions to its credit and on an average has been performing for about 60 nights a year. All these plays have been directed by ASMITA's Resident Director Arvind Gaur. For ASMITA, theatre has a purpose of awakening the audience to contemporary issue and creating a dialogue on prevailing social problems. Asmita Theatre group also involve in street Theatre Movement. Group performed more than 25 street plays on different Socio -political issues.
Theatre Festivals & collaborations
ASMITA performed in all major theatre festivals of India and abroad including International Solo Theatre Festival, Armenia, International Theatre Festival, Nizhnevartovsk, Russia, International Theatre festival, France, National School of Drama Festival (Bharat Rang Mahotsava), Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sahitya Kala Parisad, Darpana Academy of Performing Art’s festival (Ahmedabad), Nandikar National festival, Vivachana Theatre Festival, Old World Theatre Festival, Times Festival, Muktibodh Natya Samaroh, World Social Forum and Nehru Centre Festival Mumbai. Asmita also staged various plays in collaboration with organizations like Abhinay Theatre (Sydney),Theatre World, British Council (Chennai),IHC, Katha, Association of British Scholars(Delhi), Paridhi,2nd Foundation, Lakshya(KNC), Bahroop, Banjara Theatre (IIT, Khargpur), India International Centre, Rainbow Cavaliers, M.Dot Band (Jaipur), Vivchana (Jabalpur), Zenith, Prithvi Theatre Festival (platform theatre IHC, 2004) and NGOs like Mobile Creches, Action-Aid, Haq, PCVC, Deepalaya, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Times Foundation, Aalo-a ray of hope, Asian Social Forum, Youth reach and World Social Forum.
In the past 15 years, Asmita conducted many theatre workshops and performed in Various Colleges, Institutions, Universities and Schools in India Such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, India Habitat Centre, IILM, Lok Kala Manch, I.I.T. (Delhi), AIIMS, Mother International, DPS (Noida),DPS (R.K.Puram,Teacher’s workshop), Sahyadri School, Pune(J.Krishnamurti Foundation),School of Planning and Architecture, Gargi, Hindu, Lady Sri Ram, Kamala Nehru, Aditi, Kirori Mal ,SSN and IP colleges etc.
Group’s major production’s are Bhisma Sahani’s Hanoosh, Girish Karnad's Tughlaq and Rakt Kalyan, Dharamveer Bharti's Andha Yug, Swadesh Deepak's Court Martial(450 shows), G P Deshpande's Antim Divas, Albert Camus' Caligula, Mahesh Dattani's Final Solutions ,Tara & 3o days in September, Eugene O’Neill 's Desire Under the Elms, Dario Fo's An Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dr.Narenda Mohan's Kalandar, Bertolt Brecht's Good Woman of Setzuan and Caucasian Chalk Circle, Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot, John Octanasek's Romeo Juliet and the Darkness, Neil Simon's The Good Doctor, Vijay Tendulkar's Ghasiram Kotwal, Munshi Premchand's Mote ram ka Satyagrah, Ashok Lal's Ek Mamooli Aadmi, Rajesh Kumar's Me Gandhi Bolto, Vijay Mishra's Tatt Niranjana, Doodnath Singh's Yama Gatha, Uday Prakash's Warren Hastings ka Saand, Soorya Nidhi’s Kunti-Putra Karan (Sydney) & Harsh Mandar’s Unsuni, scripted by Mallika Sarabhai.
Asmita’s director Arvind Gaur collaborated with various Theatre artists and Groups specially in exploring a new language for Solo performances which includes Dario fo's Story of the Tiger, solo by Jaimini Kumar Srivastava, Women in Black by Bubbles Sabharwal, Madhavi & Hidden Fires by Rashi Bunny and Untitled Solo & Bitter Chocolate by Lushin Dubey, Gandhari by Aishveryaa Nidhi,4.84 Psychosis & A woman alone By Ruth Sheard.