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2018 Day 2

Natya Vachan

On the first day of Natyavachan Spardha (final round), two plays were read. Court-martial  (Dir. Mr. Bipin Mangeshkar) and Thasht (Dir. Mrs. Madhura Tapre-Aagarkar). One thing that was common between both the plays was – Rebel. Rebel against someone wrongfully in power. Court-martial is a courtroom drama about Jawan/Sawar Ramchandra who has shot Capt. Kapoor and accepts his did openly. Though he is accused for an attempt of murder, we slowly realize the reasons behind his act. The play showed parts of a (still) cast-based society and how one suffers from it. It explores racism, domestic violence and centralized power.


Court-martial also used its military background to intensify the issue and to provide a strong ending. That is about six women living in a working women’s hostel. Women who are standing (or struggling to stand) against the male dominant society. That explores different phases of womanhood and the impact of society on it. It created a strong picture of women fighting for their deserved freedom and ready to pay the price in the process. Tharlela lagna modlelya mulinchi gosht they explained the title and stayed honest to it.

-Sanket Bagul.

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2018 Day 2

Eladidi and Zaga

On day 02, ZAGA was presented at Platform performance. It is a site specific performance draws parallels between the spiritual and the physical. Integrating art and science in bringing a more synthesised awareness which begins in wonder and ends in wisdom.

Later on, ELADIDI was performed by Smt. Rituparna Biswas.
Ordinary story of an ordinary girl – ‘Eladidi’. We never got to see Eladidi onstage but we know how she looks, how she behaves or even how many marks she got. How? Because of Mukti! Mukti is the one talking about Eladidi. Not only Mukti but her father, Mother or even her Teachers. Mukti couldn’t be as smart as Eladidi but there’s something she’s wonderful at – storytelling. And that’s how she found herself again. We all are influenced by someone especially in Childhood. But what happens when that influence is very strong that it takes over what you actually are? When we forget that our idols are humans too. Or when the influence brings the bad side with it. Is it love or addiction? Children’s minds and hearts are precious that must be taken care like delicate flowers. Alas, in our society it is often ignored. Which can have life long effects and that’s what Mukti made us think about. Are we raising our children to suffer silently?
Mukti followed Eladidi’s fate after marriage. She suffered but did not gave up like Eladidi. She stood up to tell her story. Mukti reminded us that it is beautiful to be ordinary. Just be yourself and you’ll be uniquely beautiful. Ordinary story of an ordinary girl – Mukti. Somebody we all may know. Sitting besides you in auditorium, crossing a street with you, maybe your teacher or even your sister. Maybe that’s why her story became more heart-wrenching. It is something we all saw but did not noticed. Before leaving she took a promise from listeners, to tell their stories as well. Not to be silent. “I can smile and laugh more because of Eladidi” said the soul of Mukti, Rituparna Biswas.

-Sanket Bagul.

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2018 Day 2

Introduction to Realistic Acting Workshop – Aniruddha Khutwad (India)

Thistwo-day workshop was facilitated by senior theatre practitioner Aniruddha Khutwad who tought acting based on the Stanislavaski System. He tought students the difference between the concepts actor, character and role. ‘Actor’ is nothing but the creative state of the mind. ‘Character’ is invisible – the actor has to study the character and when the actor performs the character based on his study, that can be called the ‘role.’ He also delved into the ideas of real, reality, and realism. He shared that if the play is a lie, the actor has to act the lie. Just like reality, acting is not realism but it is conviction. The workshop concluded by running glimpses of the History of Theatre, Romanticism, Absurdity, Impressionism, and Expressionism in artwork

-Bipin Ghobale

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2018 Day 2

Acting Workshop – Prof. Ram Gopal Bajaj (India)

Thistwo-day workshop was facilitated by senior theatre practitioner Aniruddha Khutwad who tought acting based on the Stanislavaski System. He tought students the difference between the concepts actor, character and role. ‘Actor’ is nothing but the creative state of the mind. ‘Character’ is invisible – the actor has to study the character and when the actor performs the character based on his study, that can be called the ‘role.’ He also delved into the ideas of real, reality, and realism. He shared that if the play is a lie, the actor has to act the lie. Just like reality, acting is not realism but it is conviction. The workshop concluded by running glimpses of the History of Theatre, Romanticism, Absurdity, Impressionism, and Expressionism in artwork

-Bipin Ghobale.