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2018 Day 6

Abhivyakti, Lekhan ani Natak – Abhiram Bhadkamkar (INDIA)

This was a two-day writing workshop facilitated by senior playwright Abhiram Bhadkamkar. The focus of the workshop is to bring us fresh ideas for performances and finding unique expression. He shared that plays have to be written to tell the truth. A particular play is written since one thinks about a particular situation, analyses it and then presents it to the audience. It is a recreation of what is seen. For effective
expression, a human being should be sensitive to his or her roots, ponder upon the roots of his/her experience and think about it strongly. What happened is not as important as how it happened. A writer has to tell nothing but everything with just his words.

– Bipin Ghobale

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2018 Day 6

Chahul by Mukhavte, Ahmadnagar and Locks, Throughs and Avoids

Locks, Throughs and Avoids explores the influence of distance between two identities. It is a representation of two bodies finding a way to
coexist together and hence going through Locks, Throughs and Avoids.

Chahul is a story of newly settled couple, Makarand and Madhvi. They are victim of a consumer based society but are also an integral part of it. Makrands boss asks him to spend a night with Madhvi in  exchange of promotion i.e. money. Chahul takes place in between the evening and late night where the couple is reaching towards their decision. The effects of their parents on them, their frustration over never ending requirements of ideal lifestyle, their realization of what they have turned into and their final decision were portrait beautifully. We feel sorry for Madhukar and Madhavi but then we realize that their story is not rare, just the scenarios are different.

Chahul gives us insights about couples desires and what can they do to achieve it. But not at any point, we judge them. We know reasons behind their action. Even we may disagree with their lifestyle decisions, but we can understand their motives.

Both the actors of Chahul understood depths of their characters very well and their conviction was the proof. Creating a character which will
answer all of your questions is difficult, let alone only through voice. Chahul was also blessed by strong direction. Drunk scene, monologues and final scene were done brilliantly.

-Sanket Bagul

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2018 Day 6

The Image in the European street Performance – M Ranin (ROMANIA)

Street performance or ‘busking’ is the act of performing in public places for gratuities. The workshop was conducted by Mr M Ranin from Romania. Participants were amazed by the videos shared with them. All productions that Ranin spoke about and had performed in Romania were found to be tremendously beautiful by the participants. A large star cast is the speciality of such performances, they learnt. Ranin shared ideas of directing this type of plays with the participants and engaged in an interactive discussion with several questions from the students towards the end of the session.

– Sushrut Mulavekar