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Salma Deewani

(Hindi/Hyderabadi, Duration: 50 Min)
Group: The Atre Company, Hyderabad

About the Play

This play is a light-hearted take on the mundane life of a lonely Hyderabadi woman residing in the old city; who also happens to be a die-hard Salman Khan fan. The performance is an attempt, at bringing together the concept of absurdity and realism on stage, through imagery, audience interaction, and storytelling.

Salma knows how to deal with the most testing circumstances and find joy in the details of her life.

About The Group

The Atre company is nothing but a company with some space in Theatre, literally and otherwise to explore new realms of performance and art.

Founded by Bhagyashree Tarke in 2018, the company stages plays and holds workshops.
Through active collaborations, the company hopes to continue challenging whats possible with Theatre, film and other art forms.

About the Director

Bhagyashree Tarke, Playwright, Director and performer of this play, has done Mass communication form Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, college of Communication and Management. She has
Post Graduation in Dramatics with specialisation in acting from National School of Drama, Delhi
She has Worked for Hans India(14 months) and Deccan Chronicle (6 months) as a journalist.

She has worked with several prominent theatre groups in Hyderabad and also working as a screenplay writer/ actor for a new feature length film. She started her own theatre group and is currently involved in several theatre productions. Actively holds workshops for actors. Conducts specialised workshops for children.

Director’s Note

From where I come, which is the old city of Hyderabad, dominated by a domicile of the muslim community and the society that thrives on the humour besides other things, I was a witness to the lives of several women within the conservative structure. Their lives which seem mundane on the surface were also fascinating, complex and humorous at the same time. The adulation and love the women have for this particular star of the Indian film industry, Salman Khan, is a phenomenon that amused me and inspired me to take it further. Though Salma is a muslim girl, the character represents a wide gamut of women across several communities whose husbands live abroad to earn a livelihood while the ladies alone manage the household and everything that comes with it.

The reason I chose a Hyderabadi dialect is because it has an innate humour and lightness that I hope can permeate our lives.

Cast & Credit

Writer, director, actor – Bhagyashree Tarke
Lights – Krishna Shukla
Music – Varun Reddy
Set & Properties – Rachana Raikhelkar, Sidhartha Rampurkar
Backstage – Vijai Pisupati

Time Schedule

28th January 2020 @ 2:00 pm


29th January 2020 @ 2:00 pm


Thoppil Bhasi Black Box

Director: Bhagyashree Tarke