Performance@theDSM: The Fair One

A legend in her own right, any new work by Shanta Gokhale deserves to be celebrated. This November, Performance@theDSM pays tribute to her latest play by hosting a dramatic reading for public.

Menghaobi: The Fair One, written by Gokhale, directed by Mahesh Dattani and produced by Playpen Performing Arts Trust will be hosted on 25th November, 2017 at the DSM. It will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dattani.

The play is about a complacent middle-class homemaker from Delhi questioning India’s most revered political activist and her struggle. Irom Sharmila has spent 16 years fasting to repeal Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Manipur and stop political violence in India’s insurgent states. The play navigates through grappling the uncertainties of Sharmila Irom’s future and the states affected by the AFSPA act.  

About Shanta Gokhale

Shanta Gokhale is an eminent novelist, translator, columnist and performing arts critic. Her works include two novels, plays, short stories, film scripts, and many features. She has translated plays from and to English. She has also published a critical study on Marathi theatre, Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama from 1843 to the Present and has edited books on the works of Satyadev Dubey and Veenapani Chawla. 

Title: Menghaobi: The Fair One

Written by: Shanta Gokhale

Produced by: Playpen Performing Arts Trust

Directed by: Mahesh Dattani

Cast: Anadi Nagar, Ashish Joshi, Gaurangi Dang, Padma Damodaran, Parth Zutshi and Sukhita Aiyar

Tickets: Rs. 250

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Conversations@theDSM: Rasika Agashe

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Rasika Agashe is an actor and director working with the Marathi and Hindi theatre industry. She is a graduate from the National School of Drama and a full-time theatre practitioner. Rasika has also been featured on TV, film and the web. Ajji, her latest independent film as an actor made its debut at the Busan International Film Festival.

Rasika is also a co-founder of Being Association, a group working on promoting performing arts. The group produces plays while working on the promotion and education of theatre in India.

At the DSM, Rasika Agashe will talk about her theatre company, the industry around theatre and using theatre and drama for education in recent times. Conversations@theDSM are a part of the DSM’s Rekha Sabnis Memorial Series.


Date and time: 12th November 2017, 5 PM

Venue: 5th Floor, The Drama School Mumbai, Girgaon, Mumbai – 400 004

Entry: Free


A Look Back: Conversations@theDSM with Shernaz Patel

Conversations@theDSM has brought theatre veterans and raw talent together to discuss myriad nuances of drama and theatre. Last week, actor Shernaz Patel came to DSM to speak on theatre and share her experiences.

Shernaz was interviewed by Manjiri Pupala, a talented actress and an award-winning documentary film-maker. With a gathering of 50 people, Shernaz was able to mesmerise the audience by narrating tales from her early theatre days.

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The Festive Spirit: An interview with Prasad Vanarase

Interviewed and written by Arwa Janjali


Vidyanidhee Vanarase (Prasad) has been a recognised name in the theatre circuit in Pune. After playing different roles such as a teacher, director, arts and cultural manager… he has an exciting addition to his theatre profile – Founder Director of the International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR).

IAPAR is the first-of-its-kind initiative in Pune city to bring together theatre practitioners and arts educators from across the globe. Its annual IAPAR International Theatre Festival has become the most looked forward to event ever since its launch last year.

In conversation with Prasad on IAPAR’s theatre extravaganza and the blooming trend of festivals in the country.

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November@theDSM: Dramatic reading of Shanta Gokhale's new piece!

With November, we become more aware that the year is about to end. That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. You can make it better by being a part of theatre by participating in a workshop, be part of the conversation surrounding theatre, or even just attending a reading of a new play by the legendary Shanta Gokhale!

In November, we bring you three amazing events to be a part of. The details as follows.

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Explorations with Body, Sound and Space with Sanjukta Wagh

The Drama School Mumbai has arranged yet another Foundation Skills in Acting workshop in November. Conducted by dancer-actor Sanjukta Wagh, ‘Exploration with Body, Sound and Space’ will focus on learning to imbibe elements of sound and movement to enhance performance.

The workshop will use learning processes developed by Sanjukta which comprise of various methodologies – classical and contemporary dance techniques, Hindustani classical music, Voice-Movement therapy, Yoga, and improvisation within the movement. At the end of the workshop, participants will have an insight on using the body, space and sound in performance and understanding the basic elements of improvisation with sound and movement for performance.

Workshop takeaways:

  • Exploration of movement and its basic components
  • Understanding the use of the body and voice as a tool in performance
  • Develop and build presence in performance, working with focus and clear intent
  • Understanding the mechanics of sound and rhythm in performance, and learning to embody text (with a focus on poetry)

About Sanjukta Wagh:

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London | Co-founder, Beej

Sanjukta Wagh is the co-founder of an interdisciplinary initiative called Beej, which is engaged in exploring the creative process and improvisation, alternative methods of classical dance, pedagogy, and collaborative performance, since the year 2005.

Sanjukta has trained extensively under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak and Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani music. Her engagement with theatre was honed by playwright-director Chetan Datar, Navarasa Sadhana training with G Venu, a year-long experience at the Trinity Laban School of Dance, London, her love of literature, and a deep unease with comfort zones. Encompassing all these have led to her interdisciplinary and exploratory mode of work.

Sanjukta has been a curator for dance at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in the year 2009, 2012, and 2013. She has been honoured with several awards and scholarships including the Vinod Doshi Award for Significant Work in Performing Arts, Sur Singar Samsad’s Singar Mani, British Council’s Charles Wallace scholarship among others.



Date: 20th to 24th November | Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Venue: Fifth Floor, Purandare Hall, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.

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Performance@theDSM: Backstagewala Koni


Every theatrewala has a burning desire to perform onstage, but what one encounters before being onstage is the world of the inglorious backstage.

Backstagewala Koni is a narrative that gives inner shades from the life of a struggling actor who wants that one desperate chance to prove himself and satisfy his longing passion. He tries hard, struggling to enter a theatre group, to get even a single entry on the elusive stage. The performance humorously represents the variety in the life of a theatre actor, its audience, and critics, who come together to develop a full set of drama.

The play also deliberately points out the various different perspectives and ideologies of people who pursue theatre and arts. Backstagewala Koni is a story of a young actor and his overwhelming journey working backstage. But is he successful and satisfied at the end of it all?

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Written and directed by
Yugandhar Deshpande

Geetanjali Kulkarni
Shilpa Sane
Umesh Jagtap/ Suhas Sirsat
Swapnil Sarav
Kiran Pavaskar

Duration: 50 mins

Language: Marathi

Date and time: 28th October, 7 PM
Venue: 5th Floor, The Drama School Mumbai, Girgaon, Mumbai – 400 004
Tickets: Rs. 200/-

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Conversations@theDSM: Shernaz Patel and Manjiri Pupala

After a small break in September, Conversations@theDSM is back in October!

This month we have veteran theatre actor and co-founder of RAGE Productions, Shernaz Patel, who will be interviewed. Shernaz has an immense experience in acting, not only in theatre, but also in films and TV. A multi-talented thespian, Shernaz was born and brought up in a theatre family as her parents, Ruby and Burjor Patel, have been two of the most prominent figures in Gujarati theatre.

Shernaz Patel will be taking us through her life, her idea of theatre, RAGE, and also give an insight about how growing up in a theatre family helped her as a person and a thespian.

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