A Theatre performance of “Seagull” in Hindi, based on eminent Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s play on the same name was organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) on March 26 and 27, 2012. The event was held under the joint auspices of the RCSC and the International Federation of Indo-Russian Youth Clubs to mark the International Theatre Day.
The play was presented by Saanjha Sapnaa, a group of art-enthusiasts committed to channelize social, cultural and educational change constituting a non-profit organization aimed at embarking a new horizon in the field of performing and visual arts. The play was designed and directed by Mr. Rakesh Raj.
The cast included Nitika Arora, Lalit Sharma, Kunal Kumar Sinha, Anupurti Shrivastva, Swati Kapur, Arundhati Maiti Rawal, Tushal Dhaundiyal, Sunit Razdan and Tarun Dua.
The Seagull is the first of what are generally considered to be the four major plays by the Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov. It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingénue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplev, and the famous middle-brow story-writer Trigorin. The Seagull relies upon an ensemble cast of diverse, fully-developed characters. In contrast to the melodrama of the mainstream theatre of the 19th century, lurid actions are not shown onstage. Characters tend to speak in ways that skirt around issues rather than addressing them directly. In other ways, their lines are full of what is known in dramatic practice as sub-text, or text that is not spoken aloud.
When Constantin Stanislavski, the seminal Russian theatre practitioner of the time, directed it in 1898 for his Moscow Art Theatre, the play was a triumph. Stanislavski’s production of The Seagull became “one of the greatest events in the history of Russian theatre and one of the greatest new developments in the history of world drama”. The play is still popular with theatre directors in Russia and abroad.