The poet and playwright lives on in the troupe he formed with Chhattisgarhi folk artistes. A visit to Bhopal's Naya Theatre, now run by Nageen Tanvir
“Look here, I am not Gobind (Gobind Ram Nirmalkar) or Chaitram (Yadav). If I’m to play Charandas, I will do it in my own way," the gaunt, bespectacled Ravilal Sangde bursts out, leaning back in his chair, interrupting a reading of the late Habib Tanvir’s famous play Charandas Chor. He’s seated next to Habib Tanvir’s daughter Nageen Tanvir, at her home in a quiet and hilly part of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The air is filled with the sharp smell of the beedis that Ram Shankar, playing the clarinet, repeatedly lights up.