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Sammy! An award winning play by Partap Sharma

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SAMMY! - the play

Partap Sharma's most recent play SAMMY! received rave-reviews and performed to packed houses in India, Dubai, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Brussels, Antwerp (simultaneously in French and Flemish), New York, Boston, Stanford, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston and the UK. It then went Down Under to New Zealand and Australia. It is the incredible story of Mahatma Gandhi, told by an ensemble of actors in a modern and exciting manner. Led by a lively debate between Mohandas, the man, and the irrepressible Mahatma in him, the play highlights Gandhi’s relationships and how he changed everyone he touched.

The play received a standing ovation from over 700 people at the National Institute of Dramatic Art at Sydney. Fifteen-year-old Joshua saw the play with his family on Sunday evening. He said: "It is not only a good historical play, but it portrayed Gandhi as a down to earth person, someone we could relate to. He had his weaknesses, but he was a great man who overcame his faults. My parents enjoyed the play very much and they were even more pleased that all their three sons got so much out of it."

Sammy in Australia

Partap Sharma's award winning SAMMY! based on Gandhi's philosophies, was adapted by Pranay Ahluwalia into a play called "90 minutes for Gandhi". It was staged at the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2009 to fully packed shows.

See the trailer for 90 minutes of Gandhi.

This play begins with Gandhi and Jinnah discussing the partition between India and Pakistan. It traces a jumble of incidents from 1947 when India became an independent nation after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi and the dynamic new India with all its contradictions. "How would Gandhi react to terrorism today? What would be his solution?"

A Touch of Brightness - the play

This controversial 1964 play is about a spiritually enlightened Indian girl sold into prostitution. The BBC Third Programme first broadcast it over radio in 1967. The cast included Dame Judi Dench, and music specially composed for it by the famous sitar player, Pandit Ravi Shankar.

A Touch of Brightness was re-broadcast on BBC7, in October 2007 as part of their celebration of 40 years of BBC Radio. It has the distinction of being one of the first dramas broadcast at this time that still survives in the BBC archive.

This play revolves around Rukmini, a girl sold to a brothel in Mumbai and her relationship with Pidku, a street urchin, who tries desperately to rescue her from her life as a prostitute.

Rukmini mesmerises Pidku with her visionary stories of the gods and her dreams of a married life. Even in a brothel, her extravagant optimism never ceases but only deepens.

A Touch of Brightness was selected in 1965 for presentation at the First Commonwealth Arts Festival in London. Banned in India it was nevertheless produced by the English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1967. The ban in India was revoked in 1972 and it has since been produced and published in at least five countries in various languages. In 2006 it was selected by Sahitya Akademi (India's National Academy of Letters) to launch a series of contemporary plays by Indian writers in English.
A Touch Of Brightness: a controversial play by Partap Sharma.
A Touch Of Brightness: a controversial play by Partap Sharma.
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