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Naatak Radio is a fresh new podcast with stories, plays, songs, and more, produced by Naatak, America's Biggest Indian Theater Company based in the Bay Area, California. New episodes every Saturday. Bring back those memories of Hawa Mahal on Vividh Bharati. क्या आपको क़िस्से, कहानियाँ, और मधुर संगीत सुनना पसंद है? हर शनिवार एक नए episode के साथ, आपकी सुनहरी हवा महल की यादें ताज़ा कराने की ज़िम्मेदारी अब हमारी. #Naatak #Stories #Plays #Theater #Hindi #Drama #क़िस्से #कहानी #कहानियाँ
 
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This week on the #NaatakRadio #Podcast presenting the last play of the Saadat Hasan Manto series of Aao radio plays, Aao Akhbaar Padhein. Kishore and Lajwanti debate about the current affairs in the newspaper and Narayan has to join in to prevent an all out war from breaking out. Performed by: Kishore: AZ Xedi Lajwanti: Pooja Sabharwal Narayan: Anu…
 
Sahitya Akademi Award winner Gopinath Mohanty is one of Odisha's most prominent writers. This week, we present one of his most famous short stories, The Somersault, in English. Jaga Palei becomes the pride of Odisha by defeating Ramlawan Pande of Bihar in the All-India Wrestling Competition, however success hasn't come easy for him. Will he continu…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, presenting Mridula Sinha's heart touching short story: BENAAM RISHTA. Chitra takes up Shaligram's invitation for his daughter's wedding knowing fully well that this time her special bond with him from years ago will have to be made public. Performed by: Vaishali Koli Maithili Wedding Song: शुभे शुभ के लगनवा || Maithili Vi…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, presenting Rashid Jahan's Dilli Ki Sair. A forerunner among a cohort of young, female, Urdu short story writers in the 1930s and 40s, Rashid Jahan - doctor and a political activist, is credited with freeing the tongues and pens of several generations of writers that followed, including the great Ismat Chugtai who consider…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, presenting "Chitra ka Shirshak" or "The painting's title" by Yashpal. Jayraj, a famous landscape painter, wants to paint human beings and is full of hope when his friend's wife visits him. But things don't quite turn out the way he expected. The author beautifully weaves the two stories together with the final reveal of w…
 
Ishwar Petlikar’s short story in Gujarati, “Lohini Sagai” (‘Ties of Blood’) is a moving account of the relationship between Mangu, a young girl with mental retardation and speech impairment and her mother, Amratkaki, and the latter’s extraordinary love for her daughter. Mangu is dependent on her mother for all her daily activities. Amratkaki prays …
 
A classic Premchand short story about the virtues of honesty. Performed by: Rajiv Nema Background Music: Yellowmuzic Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREE Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/n…
 
"Here We Are" is a short story by American writer Dorothy Parker, first published in Cosmopolitan Magazine on March 31, 1931. The story, written almost entirely as dialogue, describes a tense scene between a newly married couple traveling by train to New York City for the first night of their honeymoon. Performed by: Kamala Subramaniam & Varun Dua …
 
Presenting in our series of Manto's radio plays, Aao Bahas Karein. In "Aao Bahas Karein", Lajwanti challenges Kishore and Narayan for a debate. Will they hold the fort, retort or abort? Sunny Moza returns as Kishore, Shravanti Yadav debuts as Lajwanti, and Anush Moorthy returns as Narayan. Directed by Vikas Dhurka…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, presenting George Bernard Shaw's classic "How He Lied to Her Husband" in Hindi. A married woman and her lover get into a pickle with her husband and then get out of it. Performed by: Snehal Pachigar, Ekta Brahmakshatri, Sanju Pancholi Adapted by: Paresh Vyas and Vikas Dhurka Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/…
 
On the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr, we present one of the most famous stories on this glorious festival: Munshi Premchand's Idgaah. Idgaah tells the story of a four-year-old orphan named Hamid who lives with his grandmother Amina. On the joyous occasion of Eid, Hamid is full of spirits and is excited to go to market to buy toys like his friends. But an…
 
When talking about the all-time classic short stories, H. H. Munro's "The Open Window" finds itself in almost everyone's list. A classic story of a missing husband, a nervous visitor, the husband's niece who has her secrets, and a living room window that has remained open ever since the husband's disappearance, Open Window excels in its brevity and…
 
When talking about the all-time classic short stories, H. H. Munro's "The Open Window" finds itself in almost everyone's list. A classic story of a missing husband, a nervous visitor, the husband's niece who has her secrets, and a living room window that has remained open ever since the husband's disappearance, Open Window excels in its brevity and…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, Amritlal Nagar's famous short story Dharmsankat. Rai Bahadur Giriraj Krishna, a man of great wealth and prestige, passes away and wants his wife to be the heir of his assets. But he has some very specific conditions. Performed by: Rajiv Nema About the Author: Amritlal Nagar (17 August 1916 – 23 February 1990) was one of t…
 
Continuing our series of hilarious radio play written by Saadat Hasan Manto, Kishore persuades Lajwanti to steal what he thinks is his friend Narayan's parcel. Performed by: Kishore: Vikas Dhurka Lajwanti: Pooja Sabharwal Narayan: Anush Moorthy Mrs. Narayan and Durga: Anjali Kirloskar Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/naatak)…
 
"Post Office" is a short story written by Indian writer Dhumketu. It was first published in 1923, and is considered Dhumketu's most famous and frequently anthologized short story. The story is about a father's affection for his daughter, and the apathetic bureaucracy of the local post office. It is notable for its description, narrative, and dialog…
 
"Post Office" is a Gujarati short story written by Indian writer Dhumketu. It was first published in 1923, and is considered Dhumketu's most famous and frequently anthologized short story. The story is about a father's affection for his daughter, and the apathetic bureaucracy of the local post office. It is notable for its description, narrative, a…
 
"Torch Bechnewale" is a short story written by one of India's most famous satirist, Harishankar Parsai. It talks about the fundamental sales strategy humans deployed ever since they first walked the planet: To Sell on Fear. Today's society has taken this to a new extreme, the scarier the narrative, the better the results. Two friends make a pact to…
 
"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature for its illustration of the attitudes towards mental and physical health of women in the 19th century. Narrated in the first person, the story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose phys…
 
We have all made the mistake of passing judgement a little too quickly. In the world where most things are grey, let's not judge it by a simple black or white. The story's narrator, simply called "Masterji" in the story makes a similar personality judgement error until one of his students comes to him with a request that changes his entire outlook.…
 
A woman's train journey to meet her fiancé, becomes an interrogation session with a highly inquisitive co-passenger. Written by Varsha Thakur, this delightful story captures the emotions of a long distance train journey and often the highly smart and inquisitive nature of the co-passengers whom you often end up sharing your personal information wit…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, we present one of Shekhar Joshi's famous short story, Dajyu. A boy from the mountains takes liking to a stranger in a cafe, when he asks him about his village, and considers him his Dajyu or big brother. Does the stranger reciprocate? Performed by Vikas Dhurka About the author: Shekhar Joshi (born 10 September, 1932) is a…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, we present one of Shekhar Joshi's famous short story, Dajyu. A boy from the mountains takes liking to a stranger in a cafe, when he asks him about his village, and considers him his Dajyu or big brother. Does the stranger reciprocate? Performed by Vikas Dhurka About the author: Shekhar Joshi (born 10 September, 1932) is a…
 
Presenting the next play: Aao Khat Suno in the hilarious series of radio plays by Saadat Hasan Manto. Lajwanti doesn't allow Kishore to read through a letter by Narayan until the letter writer himself makes an appearance. Performers: Kishore: Sunny Moza Lajwanti: Sonia Saini Narayan: Vikas DhurkaBy Naatak Inc.
 
This weeks marks the 31st death anniversary of Shri Amritlal Nagar, one of the most prominent Hindi writers, often called the true literary heir of Premchand. Gorakhdhandha, that literally translates to a labyrinth, is one of his most famous short stories. It is a tale of a lower middle class married guy named Satish. Satish has been looking for a …
 
2020 will forever be remembered as the year when the world was under the spell of a deadly virus. The unsung heroes of the year were the first responders, the medical professionals who dealt with the human casualty first hand. पीले डैफोडिल (Yellow Daffodils) is a story written by Anshu Johri of 3 such professionals, in what became the epicenter of …
 
In this edition of the series of hilarious radio plays written by Saadat Hasan Manto, a thief robs Kishore and Lajwanti and then himself makes an appearance to explain the act leaving their friend Narayan more than just speechless. Aao Khoj Lagayein! Kishore: Sunny Moza Lajwanti: Sonia Saini Narayan: Vikas Dhurka "Mulakati": Mustafa Khan…
 
According to the Times of India: 15-25% of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage. Loss of pregnancy is physically traumatising as well as emotionally paralysing. There are millions of unspoken stories of loss but no one wants to start the dialogue and very few want to hear them. This week on Naatak Radio, we present one such story: DEAD. Written and…
 
Presenting songs from Naatak's 46th production and its very first grand musical: AMAVASYA. About the Play: The princess Amavasya is devastatingly beautiful: black as night. Or she is so hideous that a glimpse of her milky-white face sends the victim into a three-day slumber. No one knows, because she is hidden behind a mask. What will her people se…
 
क्या तंत्र जन की रक्षा के लिए है या जन तंत्र की सेवा के लिए? A Democratic Republic, India celebrates its 72nd Republic on 26th January 2021. Naatak Radio celebrates this occasion with this fascinating story by Rajendra Tyagi: Adhoora Sawal Janatantra Ka. The question of whether the system (तंत्र) is serving the public (जन) or the public serving the…
 
This week on Naatak Radio we present a chilling tale from the partition: Gurmukh Singh Ki Vasiyat by Saadat Hasan Manto. A muslim family is trapped in their own house as the city around them burns. Will the friendships formed with the community come to their rescue? Performed by Sunny Moza Background Music: "Riots of 2020 over The Joker Theme" by S…
 
This week on Naatak Radio presenting Mahendra Bhishm's TANG NAZAR. The legend goes that when Lord Rama was sent to the forest, his entire kingdom followed him. He told them, "Men and Women, please wipe your tears away and go back." They left, but a group of people stayed behind, at the edge of the forest because they were neither men nor women. The…
 
This week on Naatak Radio, a short story “The Cub” by Lois Dykeman Kleihauer, describing the changing relationship between a boy and his father. The young boy grows up admiring his father’s physical strength and the two wrestle and playfight throughout his childhood. Although at first the father always wins, the day comes when things change. Adapte…
 
Presenting a delightful tale from one of the most prolific feminist writers of the 20th century - Padma Shri Ismat Chughtai: FIRDAUS (meaning: paradise). Written in her classic first person narrative, Firdaus is about Saleema who is needlessly beaten by her husband and confides in Ismat "appa" about it often, until one day things change. Written wi…
 
This week on Naatak Radio we present, Rabindranath Tagore's KABULIWALA in 3 languages, Hindi, Bengali, and English. Kabuliwala is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892. The story is of a merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta (present day Kolkata), India each year for selling dry-fruits and while living in India he become…
 
This week on Naatak Radio we present, Rabindranath Tagore's KABULIWALA in 3 languages, Hindi, Bengali, and English. Kabuliwala is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892. The story is of a merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta (present day Kolkata), India each year for selling dry-fruits and while living in India he become…
 
This week on Naatak Radio we present, Rabindranath Tagore's KABULIWALA in 3 languages, Hindi, Bengali, and English. Kabuliwala is a Bengali short story written by Rabindranath Tagore in 1892. The story is of a merchant from Kabul, who comes to Calcutta (present day Kolkata), India each year for selling dry-fruits and while living in India he become…
 
Today we celebrate Dr. Annapurnand Verma who passed away 58 years ago today (4th December, 1962) at the young age of 67. We present one of his most famous stories: AKBARI LOTA. Lala Jhaulal is in a real pickle. He has committed to give a large sum of money to his wife and to make matters worse, has accidentally injured an English tourist. Will he b…
 
One slip. One Mistake. One mess-up. That's all you get. One fault can change the whole course of life. So, think before you act. The Kapoor family suffers the consequences of one such action. This Thanksgiving weekend, thank the ones you love! Written and Directed by: Ritvik Agastya Starring: Havish Ravipati, Kamala Subramaniam, Natasha Nema, and K…
 
Presenting Anton Chekov's "THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL" in Marwari. A marriage proposal leads to a hilarious quarrel about land and cattle. Artists: Devu Heda, Sonal Kabra (Maloo), Prashant Maloo Director: Manish Sabu Translator: Prashant Bharati Maloo Adaptation: Pratiksha Rao-Vaidya Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/naatak)…
 
On this Diwali day of 2020, we mark the start of season 2 of Naatak Radio with a beautiful short story on the theme of Diwali: SANKALP. Shreya wants to celebrate her first Diwali in their new home just as she remembers from her childhood. But all is not well in the household, and she needs to muster the strength to kill the darkness within, this Di…
 
From the Naatak Radio archives, presenting two beautiful poems by the gifted Anjana Surin. Recorded in conversation with Shubhla Bhatia Jotwani, the two poems were first aired on Radio Zindagi 1170AM in the Bay Area in 2017! The first poem is called RADIO SONG describing the wonders of Radio, bringing back the cherished childhood nostalgia. The sec…
 
"The Monkey's Paw" is a supernatural short story by author W. W. Jacobs, first published in England in the collection The Lady of the Barge in 1902. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of The Monkey's Paw, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate. It has been adapted many times in other media, including p…
 
‘This is Going to Hurt Just a Little Bit’ by Ogden Nash is a humorous poem filled with exaggerations, puns and metaphors. It is a hilarious description of the whole experience of sitting in a dental chair which causes the poet great agony. Students all across India learn this poem in school. Ritwik Verma was one such student and this poem left a ma…
 
Chief ki Daawat is one of the legendary writer Bhishm Sahni's most famous stories. A humble Indian official invites his chief, an American, to his house for dinner. The low-ranked official believes that if his boss is impressed by his hospitality, he would surely grant him the long due promotion. The man and his wife turn the house upside down to m…
 
Lajwanti convinces her husband Kishore and his friend Narayan to spin a web of lies together with her. Will they get entangled or manage to escape? Presenting the 4th in the series of hilarious radio plays written by Saadat Hasan Manto. In 1940, when Manto left Lahore for New Delhi to take up the position of staff artist at All India Radio in New D…
 
On Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary year, Naatak Radio presents the music recorded live during the performance of Naatak's grand musical GANDHI. The play captured the arc of Gandhi’s life and times, from his ‘experiments with truth’ in London to his campaigns in South Africa, to the civil disobedience movement he led against the British in …
 
Three men starving on a life raft, in the middle of the sea, employ a hilariously logical application of bureaucratic procedures to determine which of them is to become dinner for the other two. Actors: Surender Singh, Rohit Dube, Snehal Pachigar, and Rajiv Nema Adapted and Directed by: Surender Singh About the playwright Sławomir Mrożek, (born Jun…
 
Presenting Lucille Fletcher’s THE HITCHHIKER, directed by Kartic Bhargav and featuring Kartic Bhargav along with Edward Keyani, Shelly Perrier Smith. Sound mixing and remastering by Navi Viswanathan. NOTE: For the most optimal experience, we recommend using headphones for this episode. A typical cross country becomes anything but with a mysterious …
 
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