Joseph Stein’s KHAMOSHI SILI SILI Director: Suresh Sharma


Please listen to Prof. Manohar Khushalani’s Review & Discussion with Prof. Suresh Sharma

Playwright: Joseph Stein
Adapter: Asif Ali Haider Khan
Director: Suresh Sharma
Group: NSD Repertory Company, New Delhi
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins

The Play

This play is a translation of Fiddler on the Roof written by Joseph Stein. It is a musical that deals with the displacement of communities. The story is neatly bound to the Kashmiri situation in our country. Prithvi Nath loves his daughters, and goes against the traditional norms, allowing them to marry men of their choice. Shuhul, the third daughter chooses to marry a Muslim…

Director’s Note

Going along with the central theme of the play, the contemporary situation of our society took the forefront. The final situation chosen is the plight of the Kashmiri Pandit community. This choice is to support the script with a relevant social background which can be projected on a larger canvas, and can highlight the pain and problems of the people who have been displaced from their own land.

The Director

Suresh Sharma did PG diploma with specialization in Acting from National School of Drama in 1985.

In 1987-88 he established the only non-government Repertory in the district of Mandi (Himachal Pradesh). From 1996-98 he worked as the Artistic Director of Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts, Delhi. In 1998 he established the first non–government fully residential Theatre Academy in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. Mr. Sharma has been felicitated by Sahitya Kala Parishad. Sangeet Natak Academy awarded Mohana, a play written and directed by him, under the Young Director’s Scheme.

The Playwright

Joseph Stein (May 30, 1912 – October 24, 2010) was an American playwright best known for writing the books for the musicals Fiddler on the Roof and Zorba. His greatest success came from writing the book for the 1964 musical play Fiddler on the Roof, for which he won three major awards, including two Tonys.

The Adapter

A playwright, actor and director of great repute, Asif Ali Haider Khan obtained a PG diploma with specialization in Acting from Nation School of Drama. Later, he worked with NSD Repertory Company as an actor for many years. He received the Sangeet Natak Academy’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for playwriting in the year 2006. Currently, he is teaching Modern Indian Drama at National School of Drama, New Delhi.

The Group

Established in 1964 with only four members, the Repertory Company is the regular performing wing of the School. It was set up with the dual purposes of establishing professional theatre on one hand and continuing with regular experimental work on the other.

Cast & Credits

Prithvinath Jutsi: Shanawaz Khan

Jungaash: Shruti Mishra/ Sampa Mandal

Shuhul: Meenu/Anamika Sagar

Sheen: Sakshi Sharma

Nonika: Anamika Sagar/Rukmani Sarkar  

Himaal: Aparna Menon

Didda: Bornali  Borah

Leelawati: Sampa Mandal/ Shruti Mishra

Shambhunath: Deep Kumar

Gaffara: Sikandra Kumar

Bakshi Singh (Kimma): Shubham Pareek

Brijlal: Raju Roy

Rajguru: Rahul Kumar

Policeman: Naveen Singh Thakur

Somnath: Naresh Kumar

Badrinath: Virendra Singh

Paadshah: Shiddheshwar Kashinath Thorat

Makkhan Lal: Khwairakpam Punsilemba Metei

Krishanpir: Parag Baruah

Firdous: Ashutosh Banerjee

Grandmother: Shruti Mishra / Sampa Mandal

Chorus: Moti Lal Khare, Abdul Kadir Shah, Naveen Singh, Thakur, Md.Suleman, Dharam Singh Bisht, Naresh Kumar, Virendra Singh

Bijja: Aparna Menon

Male: Naresh Kumar

Male-1: Naresh Kumar

Male-2: Virendra Singh

Kukka: Moti Lal Khare

Woman-1: Meenu

Woman-2: Shruiti Mishra / Sampa Mandal

Male-1: Dharam Singh Bisht

Male-2: Rampratap/Pradeep Aggarwal

Set Design: Bansi Kaul

Set, Props Execution: Rajesh Bahl

Set Execution: Ram Pratap, Dharam Singh, Manoj Kumar

Light Design & Operation: Govind Singh Yadav

Assistance: Md. Suleman, Pradeep Aggarwal

Costume Design: Kirti V. Sharma

Assistance: Pushpa Vishwakarma

Costume in-charge: Budh Ram

Chief Costume Coordinator: C.S. Bhatia

Assistance: Parvati Bisht

Sound Operation: Mukesh Kumar

Sound & Music Recording: S. Manoharan, Subhanjan

Property Design : Suresh Sharma

Property in-charge: Motilal Khare

Music: Kajal Ghosh

Rhythm Sequencing: Pakaj Banai

Key Board: Kishore Kumar Malhotra

Mixing & Mastering: Mayur Malhotra

Recording Studio: Ved Films

Tabla & Dholak : Om Prakash

Octopad: Narender Kumar

Harmonium: Naveen Singh Thakur

Tumbkh: Feroz Ahmed

Rabab: Gulam Qadir

Gara: Fearoq Ahmed

Sarangi: Syed Yaseen

Kashmiri Diction: Ashwath Bhatt

Dance Classes: Sonal Modi Vorah

Choreography: Norbu Tshering

Make-up: Raju Roy, Shruti Mishra

Assistance: All Repertory Artists

Playwright: Joseph Stein

Adapter: Asif Ali Haider Khan

Director: Suresh Sharma

Watch Meet the Director segment for the play

Manohar Khushalani

Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is a former Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he taught were: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won a total of nine Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Earlier he retired from Government of India as Director Environment Management, Central Water Commission and held many senior positions in the Government Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He was an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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