Atul Pethe with Kalyanee Mulay and Parna Pethe : Conversations@theDSM

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.

– Eleanor Roosevelt

For those familiar with the intersections of art and activism, Atul Pethe is a name to be lauded. For the past 35 years, he has been highlighting the stories from the fringes through his experimental plays, writings and documentaries. He combined forces with the Pune Nagar Mahapalika Kamgar Union to stage Satyashodhak, a play about the life of Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule. His Ringan natak has raised many issues and questions following the assassination of Dr Narendra Dabholkar.

His daughter Parna Pethe works with experimental theatre as well as films. She is one of the founders of Natak Company and has worked extensively with Aasakta Kalamanch, two of the biggest names in experimental Marathi theatre. Her first short film won a National award and in 2014, she was awarded a Marathi Filmfare award for her debut in Photocopy. Most recently, she made waves as the plucky reporter in Faster Fene.

Kalyanee Mulay describes herself as a ‘a performer, traveller and explorer’. This NSD graduate has recently come to critical acclaim through her work in Marathi films like Ringan and Nude: Chitraa. Actor Kalyanee Mulay, after graduating from the National School of Drama in Delhi, has performed in plays and short films like Sunrise and Vilag, as well as Ribbon and Ringan. Concurrently, she has performed at the National School of Drama and the Colombo Theatre Festival.

Date: 10th March 2018

Time:  7.30 PM

Venue: 5th Floor, Purandare Hall, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road (East) Mumbai – 400004

Entry: Free

Conversations@theDSM are a part of the Rekha Sabnis Memorial Series.


Maati - Drama School Mumbai Student Production 2018

“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:

Schedule:

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

Team:

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


Thespo & The Drama School Mumbai: Natyakala Workshop 2018

 

Like last year, Thespo and the Drama School Mumbai have continued to work together on an exciting series of workshops for young people in theatre. Natyakala 2018 is running across 9 cities this year,

Natyakala 2018 will be in 6 cities reaching Delhi and Jaipur in the north and Nagpur and Baroda in the west.

Natyakala workshops focus on developing foundation acting skills. Participants are introduced to basic concepts in improvisation and devising, understanding use of space, working with an ensemble and understanding oneself as performer.

Our next Natyakala workshops go live in March 2018. Date and city are as follows:

4th March – Pune

For more details, including venues and timings, please keep a lookout on DSM Facebook page and website. If you are in any of these cities on the dates mentioned and would like to register for the workshops, please register by calling or sending a WhatsApp on 09619336336.


October Schedule for @theDSM!

After a little break in September, we’re back with @theDSM in October with a brilliant talk with Shernaz Patel and an interesting performance based piece.

Here is how it will go down in October.

Conversations@theDSM

14th Oct- 5pm

A talk with Shernaz Patel
Theatre/film actress

Shernaz will share her amazing journey in theatre, stories of her childhood growing up in a family of theatrewallahs, her successes and setbacks, her theatre child Rage Productions, and her views on theatre in India and around.

Performance@theDSM

28th Oct – 7pm

“Backstagewalla Koni”
Written and designed by -Yugandhar Deshpande
(Marathi, Hindi, English)

A combination of reading, performance, interactions and a lot more about theatre, the addas, the people, the groups and everything that surrounds the theatre world off-stage.

 

Workshops

The DSM will hold a Weekend Acting Programme with Maneesh Verma in October. Watch this space for updates on further details.

 

We hope to see you @theDSM!


Pai Paishachi Goshta: Play@theDSM

People have changed with the changing times. The parameters of happiness have changed. Also the approach towards the practical and financial affairs has changed. An old lady summarisesthis change in her own words.

A story of an old lady “Pai Paishachi Goshta”

Pai Paishachi Goshta is based on a story by eminent writer Dr. Vijaya Rajadhyaksha. Adapted and directed by Vipul Mahagaonkar, the play had its first show in 2015, and has had numerous shows across the country.

The play has also won a lot of awards including a 2016 Zee Natya Gaurav for Best Actress to Ila Bhate, a veteran actress in Marathi theatre and film.

Production House :- Taleem

Actor- Ila Bhate

Story – Dr.Vijaya Rajadhyaksha

Adapted & Directed by- Vipul Mahagaonkar.

Produced by- Ujwal Mantri

Music by Prabodh Shetye

Costumes- Vinaya Walawalkar Mantri.

 

About the director 

Vipul Mahagaonkar

Vipul Mahagaonkar has directed two of the best experimental plays currently running – Khidki and Pai Paishachi Goshta. Both adaptations, done in his own special way. Both absolutely poles apart in terms of content and execution and even emotions. That has given us an idea of how versatile this man is with his handling of plays. And he intends to take theatre to every nook and corner of the country, especially the inaccessible ones. With such talent and such a remarkable thought of taking the art form everywhere, he is easily one of the best that experimental theatre has.

About the actor

Ila Bhate

In her stage career, Ila has played more than 25 roles. Her most popular plays are ‘Mi Majhya Mulancha’ with Vikram Gokhale and the widely acclaimed ‘U-Turn’ (2008) with Girish Oak. U-Turn, which treated the subject of companionship in the elderly age, has been played more than 500 times, which is rare for a drama that has only two characters. It received numerous awards including honour from the State Government of Maharashtra. In fact, we can proudly say the U-Turn is the only two character play to complete 500 shows with the same cast throughout.

 

When?

29th July, 7 PM

Where?

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

Tickets?

Rs. 200/-

Book tickets here.

 


Acting Shakespeare: Two-Day Intensive Workshop with Paul Goodwin

 

The Course Director for MA in Acting at the Drama Centre London, Paul Goodwin, brings decades of experience and expertise on Shakespeare and acting for Shakespeare to India. The Drama School Mumbai has managed to get a couple of dates from the man and arranged a workshop on Acting Shakespeare.

The 2-Day intensive workshop will delve into the various aspects of voice, breathing, movement, and the verses that will help an actor unlock his true potential in Shakespearean acting.

The workshop will be held on the 13th and the 14th July 2017, from 8 am to 1 pm.

About the Instructor
Paul Goodwin
Course Director, MA Acting at Drama Centre London
MA in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama
Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Edit (a classical theatre company), London

Paul has been teaching and directing Shakespeare for professional actors and students for more than 30 years. He is the Course Director at the Drama Centre London, alumni of which include: Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Emilia Clarke, to name a few. Prior to the Drama Centre, Paul has worked extensively in Text, Voice and Artist Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently working on directing a dramatised version of Shakespeare’s narrative poem – LUCRECE, to be performed in London as well as a production of Twelfth Night at the Vakhtangov school in Moscow

Workshop Takeaways
Open and widen the horizon of the voice and the imagination.
Find the impulse for breath and vocal and physical gesture.
Be free to play within fully explored verse structures.
Use practical tools to unlock Shakespeare for you as an actor

Workshop Structure
Day One: You will be given a piece of Shakespearean text, and through a series of practical exercises explore – through the body, voice and rhythm – the clues that are contained in the text, that lead towards an understanding that can then be communicated to the audience through a soliloquy.

Day Two: Building on the exploratory text work from Day one, you will work on a scene, and with a partner, explore the action in the scene. What characters want, and how, as in life, character is revealed through action. “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action” Hamlet’s advice to the players

Through this 2 day workshop, you will gain practical tools that will unlock Shakespeare for you as an actor, and provide you with a working method that will allow you to be more confident when you approach heightened poetic drama.

Dates: 13th and 14th July | Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Venue: Bhalerao Auditorium, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.
Fees: ₹4500/-

To Apply :
To Apply : Email a recent C.V. with a cover letter that tells us why you want to participate to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in

www.thedramaschoolmumbai.in
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+91 9619336336


Documenting Theatre in India: Research in to Theatre Lives

by Zohra Malik

 

How much do we really know theatre and theatre-makers in India? Documenting theatre is vital. Yet, a casual Google search in all likelihood will yield little documenting of solid value.  Research & Praxis is such a vital strand of the programme at the DSM because it addresses this imbalance. It also embeds students in the living culture of theatre-making and encourages them to document, research and record the work of numerous individuals who stand at the edge of the spotlight.

Ramu Ramanthan – writer, respected journalist, playwright and mentor – developed this research module. He trains students in research methodologies, helping them create strategies to document as well as represent these lives as they occur and their relation to theatre practice today.

Batch 2016-17 decided to shine a light on the lives and practices of the following individuals:

 

Ramdas Padhye

Ventriloquist, Puppeteer, Puppet-maker

Researcher: Abhishek Chauhan

Ramdas Padhye and his creations

 

Ramdas Padhye was one of the first people to create puppets with contemporary Indian identities. As a child, Padhye was consistently disassembling and reassembling toys. Encouraged by his father, who was also a well-known magician and puppeteer, Padhye went on to do engineering. He then took to puppetry in order to talk about small big problems of India’s middle class  – family planning, saving money and education. Though, Padhye’s work has been featured across the globe,

 

Faezeh Jalali

Actor, Director, Theatre-maker

Researcher: Chrisann Pereira

Faezeh Jalali and a scene (left) from her META award-winning play 07/07/07

 

Faezeh Jalali is certainly not an unknown name. Her recent productions – 07/07/07 and Shikhandi have got audiences and critics alike raving. But Chrisann’s research looks at her directorial style from the perspective of a student of the art. It focuses on the aesthetic values that guide her work but also on how everyone on stage behaves in a certain way for a reason.

 

Chetna Mehrotra

Image Expression Artist, Drama Based Learning Facilitator, Dance Drama Storyteller

Researcher: Deepmala Khera

Chetna Mehrotra and the multiple roles she plays

Chetna Mehrotra has an incredible amount of experience in applied theatre – which applies principles of the performance space to the enable transformation of individuals, communities and society at large. Mehrotra’s work stems from the belief that theatre is not just to entertain but a medium to empower and to evolve. She is one of the leading practitioners in this emerging field and works extensively in learning & development, therapy and training. Knowing of her work and of others like her is vital to many of us who often restrict the scope of theatre to the stage.

 

Utpal Bhayani

Journalist, Theatre Critic

Researcher: Khushbu Baid

The career and contribution of Utpal Bhayani, one of the foremost authorities on Gujarati theatre. He has written several papers and critiqued Gujarati theatre extensively for about forty years or so, thus providing a fresh new perspective to the way one sees this regional form of theatre. His words and his influence are still relevant and ever-present to this day, as Utpal Bhayani continues to write a column for the Gujarati newspaper, Janmabhumi. Research and documenting of Utpal Bhayani’s work tells us  how  to critically appreciate theatre. It also holds the mirror up to the evolution of culture through movements on stage.

 

Manav Kaul

Theatre director, Playwright, Actor, Film-maker

Researcher: Komal Khanna

Manav Kaul, the man, his moods and his roles

You may recognise him from the various films he has been a part of, but Manav Kaul has been a significant contributor to the development of theatre in India. Komal’s compilation of anecdotes from his life (what better way to get to know a man and his practice) cover everything from his beginnings in Kashmir, the growing camaraderie between him and Kumud Mishra and the moment he realised that theatre was what he wanted to do. His writing, his process, his fascination with the bizarre and his response to criticism, all come together to inspire those who have just begun wading in to the deep waters of the performing arts.

 

Dr Arvind Ganachari

Historian

Researcher: Adarsh Gourav

Dr Ganachari is a noted scholar, specialising in Modern Indian History.  He wrote highly insightful pieces on India’s socio-economic and cultural history for the Economic and Political Weekly magazine.  He guided Adarsh through a discovery of political and moral censorship in Indian performing arts. According to him, “Although there is much debate about censorship attacking the fundamental right of “freedom of speech”, it is necessary and has to be there. Every freedom has a limit. A person has freedom and has their rights but if it infringes upon somebody else’s right or freedom,censorship comes into use. It is a very thin line.”

 

Deepa Gahlot

Theatre and film critic, Author, Scriptwriter

Researcher: Shruti Khandelwal

Deepa Gahlot at the NCPA

If you have seen a show at the NCPA, Mumbai, you’ve experienced Deepa Gahlot’s vision for theatre. She is the Head of Programming at the NCPA and has also translated and adapted several works for stage. Her critical writings not only display an awareness of the technicalities but also a certain esoteric knowledge that only those who are completely in tune with their field of expertise possess. Shruti’s research focuses on Gahlot’s propensity for promoting critical dialogue around the performing arts.

 

Arun Naik

Editor, Theatre critic, Translator, Teacher, Director, Designer, Columnist

Researcher: Shruti Sunder

Arun Naik and his family carry on the legacy of theatre

 

Arun Naik has had a massively versatile career in theatre for the past forty years. He has directed critically acclaimed pieces of theatre and contributed to The Oxford Companion to Theatre in India. Through him we can track the history of the resurgence of Marathi theatre and the integral role of the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh in the city’s performance culture.

 

Sunderlal Shyamlal Valmiki aka Sunder Chacha

Caretaker (Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh)

Researcher: V. Vidyuth

Sunder Chacha, home at the MMSS

It seems fitting to close this little list of theatre lives with Sunder chacha. Apart from having achieved some amazing theatrical feats, Sunder chacha has been a caretaker of the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh for over 40 years. Vidyuth, as a researcher, makes a cogent point that while there are those who contribute to theatre in a more creative capacity, it’s also necessary to appreciate the ones who’ve helped preserve it for so many years. Not only has Sunder chacha taken care of one of Mumbai’s oldest theatre spaces, he has (and continues to do so even today) helped build sets, set up lights and sound and managed backstage processes.

 

These final projects are essentially profiles of very diverse individuals; names we need to remember, names we need to learn from as makers and consumers of theatre. Each of these lives builds the larger picture of the context, history and social reality of theatre. This research is a responsibility that students have been accepting as part of their education for the past 4 years. It tells the story of a city, its long tradition of theatre and it also tells a story of how theatre continues to grow into what it is today. And it is vital that we all, not only understand but also contribute to the research and documenting of these strands.


ExpressionLab@theDSM: दशानन: A solo performance by Harish Kulkarni

Dashanan is a solo performance. A single man on stage telling the story of Ravan. It is a story we all know. The story of Lanka’s demon king. But maybe not the whole story. We know the ten-headed demon for his greed and lust.  But Ravan was also a great king – renowned for good governance. He was an accomplished warrior and a devotee of Shiva. This solo performance concentrates on the oft-missed colours and flavours of a myth. And the people in his life. Thus does this tale become a commentary of on the social and political conditions of today.

About the Playwright: Pradeep Vaiddya

Pradeep Vaiddya has been working in theatre for over twenty years. He has been a writer, director, music composer, singer, light designer, theatre trainer and theatre manager. A household name in Pune, Pradeep was part of the India Theatre Forum’s first arts management programme. He has won a META for Best Light Design in 2007, 2011 & 2016.  His founded Expression Lab that focuses on enabling new artists through solo performances.

About the Director: Suyog D. Deshpande

Suyog has been working in experimental theatre for the past 6 years, mainly with Aasakta Kalamanch and Expression Lab. 

About Performer : Harish Kulkarni

Harish graduated from The Drama School Mumbai in 2013-14 and has since acted in several plays and films. Dashanan is his second solo performance @theDSM.


Training Session by Jehan Manekshaw: The DSM comes to Delhi

Open Day: Training sessions by Jehan Manekshaw

After successful Open Days in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune the DSM now comes to Delhi with a free training session by Jehan Manekshaw on Sunday, 9 April, 10 am at The Tadpole Repertory.
Ever dreamed of seeing yourself on stage? Every wondered about your first stage performance in theatre? Ever wanted to make theatre your career? Well, look no further, because the DSM Open Day is HERE!
The idea behind the DSM Open Day Training sessions is to bring free workshops to various cities. Each training session is conducted by DSM faculty. Our faculty comprises of leading theatre-makers and arts managers.  The sessions will show you what students at the school are taught. It is an excellent opportunity for you to witness first hand what makes learning at The Drama School Mumbai the best stepping stone for a bright career in theatre.

About the Facilitator: Jehan Manekshaw

MFA (Theatre Direction) Birkbeck, University of London
Jehan is one of the founders of The Drama School Mumbai. He has taught as guest faculty at Ninasam Theatre Institute, Karnataka, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Shinshu University, Japan, and the National School of Drama’s T.I.E division in Agartala. He also has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, UK, and Japan. Jehan founded Theatre Professionals in 2008 and The Drama School Mumbai in 2013. Jehan has most recently received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his organisation’s work in the advancement of the practice of Theatre. At theDSM, Jehan teaches scene study and leads the design module.
Oh, and the Open Day Training Session by Jehan Manekshaw is completely FREE and open to all!
To sign up, write to us on info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in or give us a call on 9619336336

Shadows of Fire: NaireetBasak@theDSM

Shadows Of Fire 1

Shadows Of Fire is a solo performance that emerged from Butoh. It delves into the subconscious of the body and mind and tries to call out to the fire hidden within us. This fire physically has no shadow, but emerges every time it is evoked. This piece explores the birth of an untamed creature, its growth and its play with the different elements found in nature. It looks for freedom from all these, with help from the balance of the ambers and blues in a body, but gets stuck in a dilemma of energy. Does it escape the cacophony of the watchful eyes or does it perish? The question remains answered. Shadows Of Fire has been inspired by Naireet’s body-watching and exploration of the elements in the body that were realized into a dramatic piece while practicing Butoh.  A highly interpretative piece, he expects audiences (and himself) to be “surprised” each time with the energies of the performance.  

Click here for a glimpse of Shadows Of Fire at the Butoh Festival at Mcleodjang, Himachal in May 2016.

Naireet is a theatre-maker and performer whose primary interest is in telling stories through moving body images. He has trained intensively in Kalaripayatu and Butoh and worked with Clowning, Tai-chi, Kudiyattam, contemporary dance and various other theatre-making forms. He has been involved with Children’s Theatre both as an actor and director in Kolkata. Last year he directed Love Circus – a six actor movement performance piece in Kolkata.

Date: 25th Feb

Time: 7 PM

Cost: Rs 200/- per ticket

Venue: 5th Floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Dr Bhalerao Marg, Charni Road Kele Wadi, Mumbai-400002

Call 9619336336 for details