Friends, fans mourn death of ‘revolutionary’ Dubey

December 25th, 2011 - 5:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 25 (IANS) A controversial figure, one of the founders of contemporary Indian theatre, vibrant, extremely talented, revolutionary in his approach — that’s how friends and fans remembered playwright and director Satyadev Dubey who passed away Sunday.

The veteran theatre personality died in Mumbai at the age of 75 after several months of illness.

Known for his iconic plays like “Andha Yug”, “Pagla Ghoda”, “Adhey Ahdure” and “Evam Indrajit”, Dubey had been in hospital since September.

“He was one of the founders of contemporary Indian theatre. He was extremely talented, vibrant, outspoken, revolutionary in his approach. He always found a reason to not to agree, to dissent,” said theatre director Amal Allana.

“He constantly challenged what was acceptable on stage. His plays shocked people. Even in his old age, he was young…a revolutionary, he was an advocate of free speech and the rights of theatre people,” Allana, whose father Ebrahim Alkazi taught Dubey, told IANS here.

Theatre director Bhanu Bharti, who directed “Andha Yug” recently, said: “He was a controversial figure. You would dislike him in the beginning, and get excited by what he said. And in the end, you would end up linking him despite all his venom.”

Born in Bilaspur, now in Chhattisgarh, Dubey had slipped into a coma after suffering a massive epileptic attack.

“He was the doyen of Indian theatre. He was the first Indian director who discovered Dharamveer Bharti’s ‘Andha Yug’ - a verse play in Hindi. This heralded a new epoch in the history of Indian theatre,” Diwan Singh Bajeli, a theatre critic, told IANS.

“He was a bold director following his own ideology reflected through his numerous works. He has directed more than 60 plays in Hindi, Marathi and English. And most of his works are considered milestones in Indian theatre.

“He was a man of independent ideas and belonged to no group or lobby and was frank in expressing his ideas about the future of Indian theatre. His basic concern while producing a play to evoke a sense of excitement among actors..,” he added.

Reactions poured out on social networking websites as well.

“Theatre stalwart Satyadev Dubey passed away, it has been a terrible year for artists..he was a giant of theatre,” Shabana Azmi posted on Twitter.

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