Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Mumbai Theatre Utsav

Winter is not so chilly nowadays here in Mumbai. Infact its terribly hot in the afternoons. But things are gonna be different in some days...There's going to be a change in weather. The theatre season hits Mumbai this Jan on the13th and promises to last well upto the end of the month. So the folks who have theatre positive running in their veins are surely not gonna be bothered of this unexpectedly hot winter. At last a theatre fest happening in Mumbai apart from the Prithvi fest where with all due respect the tickets get sold out even before people come to know about the plays.

The Mumbai Theatre Utsav kick starts from Friday 13th Jan 06 at Ravindra Natya Mandir at Prabhadevi. I saw a lineup of the plays and they look awesome. Apart from the obviously good ones the plays to watch out for are: Mareez a Gujarati play about a poet called Mareez. (One of those rare gems from the otherwise thoroughly commercial and melodramatic Gujarati theatre scene.)

Deepak Rajyadhyaksha’s Sanman House. This Shyam Manohar play promises to entertain you with it witty but insightful humour. And what to say about Deepak? He is brilliant. He also happens to be my first director who made me act .

Jamini Pathak’s one man peormance of Mahadevbhai.

Noti Binodini a Bengali play.

Parnab Mukherjee remembers Ray. Hmmm…this sounds interesting.

And the students of the University Academy of Theatre perform the much acclaimed paly Zulwa by Chetan Datar.

If this ain’t enough.There is a superb line up of the folk gems too. Teejan Bai performs the Pandavani. From Gujrat they have bhavai, Natua naach from Bihar, nautanki from mathura and the works.

And last but not the least they have some wonderful workshops too by stalwarts like Salim Arif,Shfat Khan,Javed Siddique and Alyque Padamsee.

To know more about this fest go here.

Can’t wait to devour all of it. It s not always that the theatrewallahs in Mumbai get to experience so much under one roof.


Anonymous manisha said...

Long time...no posts...where are you?

February 19, 2006 7:58 PM


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