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23.04.2019

Here’s a better way to turn up the volume(s) this Friday. The Asiatic Library is hosting a live staging of Love Letters, and your stamp of approval is required. Dear reader, buy a pass now.

The long-running Love Letters, performed by Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel (The Hindu called it “the stuff of dreams” in 2013), is based on a Pulitzer prize winning American play about unrequited love. The donor passes are priced at Rs 2,000 each; all proceeds will go towards the restoration of old tomes and India maps housed at the library, some of them dating back to the 1800s.

The Urban Heritage Committee of RTI (Mumbai) is working with the Asiatic Library on this project, staging the play at the library’s regal Durbar Hall, which they hope to turn into a regular venue for theatre and music programming. “The round room populated with busts and statues of scholars, administrators and philanthropists who contributed to the Society, can seat up to 150 people and offers state-of-the-art acoustics and a brand new green room,” Natasha Treasurywalla from the Heritage Committee tells us.

Drop in this Friday to be reminded of ex lovers as dusty as old book jackets, and perhaps you too will find a way to stage your past here, in the future. Seriously, Durbar Hall is open for bookings.

Getting there: Love Letters at The Asiatic Library, Durbar Hall, on Friday, April  26, call 9820033833 or 9820743053 to buy donor passes.

Photo credit: Instagram/soumikkar

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