Friday, August 11, 2006

How much for the movie rights?

The Chess-playing puppets from a story of India's literary genius enthralled an audience of children and adults on the 125th birth anniversary of Munshi Premchand, one of India's most outstanding literary figures of the 20th century.

A theatre group in northern Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, the home state of Premchand, suitably marked the occasion by enacting two of his stories in a puppet show.

"Shatranj Ke Khiladi" (The chess players), is set in colonial India and dwells on the politics of expansion by the British and the division of local Indian rulers.

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