My Republica – The art of acting

Srijana Adhikari is a well known name in the Nepali theater scene, having acted in popular plays like ‘Milk Tea’ and ‘Sunkeshari’ to name a few.

Now after being a part of the Nepali theater scene for 11 long years, Adhikari has finally established her own theater production house Purano Ghar theater at Sinamangal in Kathmandu. Purano Ghar aims to promote Nepali theater and the versatile actor/director is all set to give it her best shot, just like she has thus far. The Week’s Ashma Chhetri caught up with her as she works on a translated version of the Indian play, Drunk, to find out what inspires her and how theater rules her life.  

Where do you get ideas for your plays?

Fortunately, it has never been hard for me to find ideas for my plays. The books I read and the old acts I go through are major sources of inspiration and they give me countless ideas. If the script is good enough to excite me then I start working on it to present it on stage. This is usually how I prepare for my shows. 

What does theater mean to you?

Theater has become an inevitable part of my life now. Despite the fact that it is considered just another medium of entertainment, I cannot describe its importance in words. It’s a huge part of who I am. But it saddens me that in Nepal, theater isn’t given much importance. I strongly recommend people to watch plays and try their hands at something new. 

Do you find it difficult to portray certain characters on stage?

It is never all that difficult for an actor to embrace a character after rehearsing it for a while. But I believe the real problem begins…

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