“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”

― Federico García Lorca

In a world where a her value is determined by the capacity for first bearing and then rearing children, what’s a barren woman to do? Where does an incessant obsession with fertility, sterility, life and death lead? How far can you bend before you snap?

Every year, DSM students perform a full length production, working with some of the best theatre directors in India and a professional production team.  This year annual DSM Student production takes a hard look at all these questions through Maati. Maati is a Hindi adaptation of Yerma, the noted Spanish play written by Federico García Lorca. Some speculate the challenges to Christian morality thrown up by the play in 1935 were the most direct cause of Lorca’s assassination during the Spanish Civil War.

The contemporary adaptation brings the talent and training of the students under the direction of Mahesh Dattani.  He is a Sahitya Akademi Award winning director, playwright and actor. With over 3 decades of experience, Dattani has given the world many notable productions – Final Solutions, Dance Like a Man, Night Queen, Tara. His film, Dance Like a Man won the National Panorama Best Picture in English award  in 1998. He has also been awarded for Best Artistic Contribution at the Cairo Film Festival.

Theatregoers will find it quite a treat to see how Mahesh Dattani deals with the symbolism, futurism and surreal influences of Lorca’s work.

Maati opens on the 3rd of March, 2018 at Drama School Mumbai. The students go on a national tour with the production, performing 10 shows across 4 cities. So catch them now as they take the stage for the first time as professionals:


3rd March (Sat) – Drama School Mumbai

4th March (Sun) – Drama School Mumbai

9th March (Fri) – Drama School Mumbai

13th March (Tue) – Rangashankara, Bangalore

15th March (Thu) – Ninasam Theatre Institute, Heggodu, Karnataka

23rd March (Fri) – Sudarshan Rangmanch, Pune

31st March (Sat) – Drama School Mumbai

6th April (Fri) – G5A, Mumbai

18th April (Wed) – Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai

4th May (Fri) – Damu Kenkre Festival, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Mumbai


Cast: Batch of 2017-2018 of the Drama School Mumbai

Director: Mahesh Dattani

Producer: Maneesh Verma

Script Adaptation: Neha Sharma

Assistant Director: Kaustav Sinha

Music Director: Amod Bhat

Scenography and Lights: Niranjan Jadhao

Costume Design: Sonal Kharade

Stage Manager: Surabhi Shrivastava

Song Writer: Abhinav Grover

Choreography: Tapas Boro

For details and to book tickets, call 91 9619336336 or write in to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in