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December 12th, 1968

Kirti Kirpal
Director
Introduction Leading director of the fifth generation of Punjabi theatre. Worthy successor of the original and creative directorial style in the field of theatre direction. Kirti Kirpal, who, with his realistic style, has become a household name among the folks and rural theatre, has also presented before the intelligentsia the problems of the urban elite. Theatre has become a commitment for him, surpassing the narrower boundaries of profession and mere taste. Though his coverage encompasses a wider range of subjects from society to religion and culture to politics, the centre of his realm essentially remains theatre. His plays interact directly with the audience, leaving technical complexities way behind. Everyone- from the rustic to the intellectual- has something to observe, imbibe and absorb from this interaction. The psychology of audience never really escapes him. He understands what is to be presented before whom and how. There is nothing in his plays which is alien to his spectators. Perhaps that is the reason why the audiences connect so deeply with his presentations. His actors are never the puppets dancing to the strings of his style or subject; they rather cast a spell on stage with their freedom of expression. Script, music, set designing, costume, scenes, blocking and movements have their own importance, but the clarity of expression remains the bulls eye for him, which he hits with near perfection. Blocking of the first class lends a distinctive identity to each actor, but this plethora of technicalities does not sway him away from his ideological view of society.

Truth, beauty and goodness- these are the words that aptly describe his direction.
Life Born on December 12th, 1968 at Jaito, a small town in Faridkot District, Kirti Kirpal went to Govt. College, Faridkot for his graduation; Regional Center, Punjabi University, Bathinda and then to Khalsa College, Mukatsar for B. Ed. In 1996 started working as teacher at Govt. School, Village Dod in same district. He got married to Surinder Kaur of Malaut on November 11, 1999.

Inspired by his elder brother Hari Harpal Singh, he was introduced to the world of theatre as an actor under the guidance of his theatre mentor Dr. Pali Bhupinder Singh in the play 'Hello Mein Jungle Ton Bol Reha Haan'. This drama was presented in 1986 under the banner 'Punj Dariya Rangmunch' established by Pali Bhupinder Singh. During these times, he was not very much associated with Pali Bhupinder Singh, but nevertheless, he observed minutely the stage shows and rehearsals of this theatre. After Pali Bhupinder shifted to Moga, the name of the theatre was changed to 'Natyam' (Regd.) Jaito. This was the time when the responsibility of directing 'Natyam' was handed to Kirti Kirpal. During the time period of 1991-1997, the activities of this theatre came to a standstill. In 1998, Kirti Kirpal, under his own direction, played 'Mitti Da Bawa' to great applause. During this very year The Sheikh Farid National Drama Festival, Faridkot was started, in which Pali Bhupinder Singhs play 'Usnu Kahi' was staged under his direction. Out of twenty five participants, this play bagged first position. This proved a big inspiration for Kirti Kirpal as with his very first play he had created a niche for himself in the Punjabi theatre. Since then, he has directed forty plays and is carrying on with his mission with enthusiasm as steadfast as ever.
Theatre Group 'Natyam'
Major Works 'Main Bhagat Singh', 'Wrong Number', 'Ghar-Ghar', 'Tuhanun Kehda Rang Psand Hai' (All by Pali Bhupinder Singh), 'Zindgi', 'Gatha Vagde Panian Di' (Jagdev Dhillon) 'Wapsi' (Nirmal Jaura) and 'Mitti Di Kahani' (Chander Shekhar)
Publication/Projects Theatre Workshop in association with Punjab Sangeet Natak Akadmy, Chandigarh & many children theatre workshops.
Contact Info #320 ,home land enclave, Bathinda, India Email : kirti.kirpal@yahoo.com Tel. 91 164 8427822888 & 9815741465

 

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