Performance@theDSM: Dozakh (A Marathi Play)

Dozakh: A still from the play  l Sourced from the internet

Dozakh, a Marathi play directed by Abhijeet Zunjarrao talks about one of the most sensitive issues in the Indian political scenario. The play sheds light on how religious extremists use religion as an excuse to harm other human beings, especially women. It takes the audience on a journey of self-exploration where caste, religion, human rights, equality and crime are the central subjects.

The narrative of the play, revolving around two young girls speaks loudly of how religious propaganda accounts for ruthless killing of many around the world. It also puts to stage all the stereotype, hate crime and pressures faced by all women. The script pans through scenes where poetry is used to evoke emotions and show the plight of female survivors of war. Two hours of an intense portrayal of all the atrocities done against women makes the play a poignant watch. Come to the DSM and watch this brilliant analysis of religion and human character.

About Abhijeet Zunjarrao
Abhijeet Zunjarrao is a theatre and film actor, director and writer. He has directed several plays in the Marathi theatre circuit and also runs a production group Abhinay, Kalyan. 

Written by: Irfan Mujawar

Directed by: Abhijeet Zunjarrao

Date and Time: 16th December, 7pm

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

Tickets: Rs. 250/-

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Performance@theDSM: Karl Marx in Kalbadevi

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We at the DSM intend to close the year with one of the most iconic and revolutionary men in history revisiting his chronicles. Revolutionary socialist, philosopher, economist and journalist, Karl Marx, comes to the DSM after a short halt in Kalbadevi. Yes, you heard it right! How and why has he come to Mumbai? What does he have to say? All questions will be answered by the man himself! Catch Karl Marx in Kalbadevi on 23rd December, 7pm at the DSM.

About Karl Marx in Kalbadevi

Karl Marx has made a comeback! The reason is clear. He feels that he has been misunderstood for several years and it’s time he gave us answers. It has come to his knowledge that socialism and communism, two words fathered by him, have become dirty words in the present!

He is damn upset about it and wants to clarify before the whole world, or a part of it starts the celebration of his 200th birth anniversary! Thanks to some quirky reasons, he has landed in India, in Mumbai, in Kalbadevi! He is waiting endlessly for a chance to speak his mind.

At last, he gets this chance; through a comic mix up! Come to the DSM and watch Karl Marx talking about his family, friends, Das Kapital and the boil on his ass as well as the enormous thali he had at Bhagat Tarachand!

DirectorManoj Shah

CastSatchit Puranik

Date and time: 23rd December 2017, 7 PM

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

Tickets: Rs. 250/-

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Protests Through Theatre: Conversations@theDSM with Rasika Agashe

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Since graduating as an actor from the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, Rasika’s ambition has only been to consistently better herself. She firmly believes that art can speak volumes if the subject interests public and thus, she went on to give birth to Being Association, a theatre group which mainly does protest theatre.

Interviewing her at DSM on the Saturday of 11th November was her long-time colleague Dr. Sumedh. He is a doctor who specialises in research on female foeticide and women’s safety. He also writes plays as a hobby.

The conversation started with Rasika and Dr. Sumedh talking about what they do and how they got affiliated to theatre. Rasika joked about starting to like theatre when she was three-years-old. She said, “I grew up in Pune. As a member of a middle-class Marathi family, theatre was an important aspect of entertainment while growing up. When I was in college, I participated in a lot of theatre festivals and competitions. Purushottam Karandak was supposed to be the most reputed inter-college competition. That is how it all began.”

When Dr Sumedh asked how her experience at NSD helped her grow as a thespian, Rasika answered, “I did not realise the importance of NSD because it all happened very easily for me. I got admission when I applied for the first time, so I was not aware of how difficult or competitive it is. When the course started, the professors kept throwing at us references to various plays and characters written throughout history. To understand what was being taught, I needed to be well-read. In the first six months of my time there, I read about 150 plays. Along with that, the exposure to a whole variety of folk and western theatre, practices and understanding the differences in all of these styles made me a whole lot better.”

In the first six months of my time there, I read about 150 plays.

Dr. Sumedh then requested Rasika to speak a bit about her theatre group ‘Being Association’. Rasika was quite excited to talk about it. “I was getting to do a lot of different characters at the time when I started acting, but I still felt that somewhere I wasn’t getting to say what I wanted to say.  Theatre always tells you when you need to say something. I realised that forming theatre group would form my opinions and perception of the world.”

Being Association’s first play was Museum of Species. Dr Sumedh asked Rasika what propelled her to produce that? Rasika said, “Around the same time when I was establishing a separate theatre group, Nirbhaya rape incident took place in Delhi. That enraged me. At that time and even till date, violence, harassment and acts of atrocities against women in India were happening. I needed to use my skills to send out a strong message and play my part in putting an end to violence against women.”

She continued telling the audience that she gathered a bunch of her female friends who are involved in various art forms. “I had identified a couple of older texts along with the story of Draupadi, and wanted to create something around monologues from these characters. It started with a conversation about how we had all had heard of crimes against women around us. The conversation then steered to self-experiences. It was intense. You (Dr Sumedh) used to come to observe and help us write the play, and have been experiencing women’s anger and rage while recounting those incidents. But we got past that quickly and the play started taking shape. It eventually became a collection of 12 monologues starting from Draupadi to a regular woman from today’s times and their struggles. ”

Rasika also spoke about using theatre as a medium for societal change. She believes that as a responsible citizen and as someone who has been gifted a skill, she needs to continuously assess what’s wrong in the society and start conversations around it. She also added that from centuries theatre has been a medium to protest, make people aware, and discuss the social issues. “That is why we at Being Association have decided that we will use other sources of income, but the theatre group will strictly remain together to speak up against the wrong,” Rasika concluded.

We will upload the uncut video of Rasika Agashe’s interview here!

All the Conversations@theDSM are recorded and uploaded to our YouTube channel, The Drama School Mumbai. Watch the older Conversations@theDSM here:  

Conversations@theDSM: Irawati Karnik and Manaswini LR

In December, Conversations@theDSM will bring together two thespians and young theatre artists, Irawati Karnik and Manaswini LR. Both of them will be speaking with each other and the audience, so for this episode of conversation, get ready to expect twice the stories, insights, and experiences.

About Irawati Karnik

Irawati Karnik
Irawati Karnik

Irawati Karnik is a young theatre artist who has worked as an actor, director and playwright. Her first brush with professional theatre occurred when accomplished Marathi theatre director and playwright, Chetan Datar asked her to be a part of ‘Aawishkar’. Since then, there has been no looking back for Irawati. She considers herself lucky to have done a whole lot of theatre in such a short span of time.

She has acted in eight plays, directed five plays and has written four plays so far. She has also served as an assistant director to Chetan Datar as well as to theatre veteran, Satyadev Dubey. Her latest stint is as an actor-director with Vijay Tendulkar’s one-act play ‘Goshta’. ‘Khel Mandiyela’, her Marathi adaptation of a Polish play has won her recognition and an award.


About Manaswini LR

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Manaswini Lata Ravindra

Manaswini Lata Ravindra is a young theatre artist who has co-founded a theatre group, Lalit Mumbai. She was also invited recently to Royal Court of Theatre London for a playwright workshop. For many years Manaswini’s mother was involved with the ‘Narmada Bachao Andolan’ and her father has worked in the area of prevention of female foeticide. This has influenced Manaswini deeply and she has been able to interact with many intellectuals since childhood.

Cigarettes, her first full-length play happened after she moved to Mumbai. Currently Manaswini is working on a new play which is tentatively titled Until or Unless.

Date and time: 9th December 2017, 5 PM

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

Entry: Free