Conversations@theDSM: Sunil Shanbag and Sapan Saran

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Fourth instalment of Conversations@theDSM brings to you theatre maverick Sunil Shanbag, and writer, poet, actress Sapan Saran, who will talk about their initiative Tamaasha Theatre, Sunil Shanbag’s plays, the changing trends in theatre, and the relevance of theatre in today’s world.

Continuing with the Guru-Shishya tradition, Sapan who has grown under the mentorship of Sunil Shanbag will be interviewing the latter.

 

About Sunil Shanbag

Sunil Shanbag is a theatre director and producer based in Mumbai. He started his theatre work with Satyadev Dubey in 1974 and worked with him for ten years as an actor, designer, and director before he founded the Arpana theatre company in 1985 with a group of his theatre colleagues. Arpana remains an active theatre company till date and has several notable productions to its credit including Ramu Ramnathan’s Cotton 56, Polyester 84, Sex, Morality, Censorship written by Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik, Stories in a Song made in collaboration with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan, Club Desire written by Sapan Saran, and more recently, Loretta written by Goan writer Pundalik Naik.

In 2015 he co-founded Tamaasha Theatre with Sapan Saran to broaden their definition of theatre, seed the city with intimate, alternative art venues, and work with younger theatre practitioners. Sunil has been actively involved in theatre training, and documentation projects which include the book Scenes We Made, edited by Shanta Gokhale, which traces the history of experimental theatre in Mumbai from the late 1950s to about 2000. He is also part of the core team of SMART, India’s only strategic management programme for theatre, which has worked with about 30 theatre companies from across India over three years. In addition, Sunil has been an independent documentary filmmaker, been involved as a writer and researcher for large scale television projects such as Bharat Ek Khoj and Surabhi, and community history projects such as museums and oral history archives.

 

About the interviewer: Sapan Saran

Sapan Saran is a poet, writer, and an actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company, ‘Tamaasha’, which aims to explore new theatre ideas in alternative spaces.

Her association with theatre began with a collaboration with dancer Astad Deboo. She has written Club Desire, and Classics Redux, which have been directed by veteran theatre director Sunil Shanbag, with whom she also co-directed the play Marriage-ology. Her first play, Club Desire, a Theatre Arpana and National Centre for the Performing Arts (India) production, was selected for National School of Drama’s International Theatre Festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015. The Churchgate Couple, a short 10-minute piece from Marriage-ology, written by her, garnered appreciation by critics and audiences alike. She conceived the critically acclaimed production, ‘Blank Page’ in 2015. Her most recent play is ‘Waiting For Naseer’, a quirky, philosophical comedy, that she has written and directed.

She performs regularly as a theatre actor, has modelled in several advertisements, and acted in films. Her poems have been published in several magazines, including the Sahitya Akademi’s Samkaleen Bhartiya Sahitya. Recently, the hindi magazine, Samved, came out with a supplementary book that contained 50 of her poems.

 

About Conversations@theDSM

Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.

The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.

Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.

Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.

Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of TheatreAcross.

 

Date: 8th July 2017

Time: 5 pm

Venue: The Drama School Mumbai, 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.


Adrak@theDSM - Niketan Sharma brings his new play to the DSM

 

Alumnus Niketan Sharma brings his play Adrak to The Drama School Mumbai!

Teaming up with him are alumni Trinetra Tiwarii, Dheer Hira, Niharika Lyra Dutt and Kartavya Anthwaal Sharma, and co-writer Abhishek Kumar.

 

About Adrak

Adrak is a story which revolves around three characters namely Vikrant, Nischay and Anokhi.

The bond between Vikrant and his younger brother Nischay is such that they both feel dependent on one another. But it’s difficult to say who is more dependent on the other!

Nischay can’t find a space to live independently. Also, he is so comfortable living in the shadow of his elder brother that it is very difficult for Nischay to live away from Vikrant.

Anokhi comes in Vikrant’s life and eventually in their home (to live in) and the equation changes.

Vikrant and Anokhi’s relationship starts affecting Nischay? Or is Nischay affecting them?

Are they in the same soup now or is of them a missing ingredient?

The play starts with Vikrant and Anokhi falling apart after 4 years of their relationship resulting in a separation.

It later unfolds on that single day when Anokhi is coming back to get her stuff back. This creates all the chaos and ruckus in their lives.

After this incident, things would not be the same for all of them..specially for Nischay!

Come, watch the play at The Drama School Mumbai.

 

Date: 24th June, 2017

Time: 7 PM

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

Tickets at the gate.  


Conversations@theDSM: Rajkumar Tangde and Kailash Waghmare

At the third instalment of the lecture series, the conversation will revolve around the celebrated play Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla. The playwright, Rajkumar Tangde, will be interviewed by the lead actor of the play, Kailash Waghmare. Both Rajkumar and Kailash, apart from being colleagues, are also great friends and mentor each other throughout their artistic endeavours.

Historical figures have often been used by political parties to their own end. In the state politics of Maharashtra, Shivaji is one such figure. The play, Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla, provides an alternative and a humane history to the founder of the Maratha empire in the 17th century. The play exposes the political parties who have literally “kidnapped” what Shivaji stood for. It brings back the importance of debate, the need to revisit history and search for answers and rebukes political propaganda. The play is of particular importance today, almost five years after its inception, due to the increasing influence of a majoritarian political party while suppressing minorities in the Indian scenario.

About Rajkumar Tangde
Rajkumar Tangde is a Marathi playwright who has to his credit plays like the critically acclaimed Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla, Kaay Dila Swatantryane, Aakda among others. He has also written plays like Tisra Paaul and Swargarohun.

About the interviewer: Kailash Waghmare
Kailash Waghmare did his Master in Theatre Arts from Mumbai University. He has acted in plays like Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla directed by Nandu Madhav and English play Lorett by Sunil Shanbag. He has also starred in multiple films and short films including Manatlya Unhat, Mor Dekhne Jungle Main, Tukaram, Mhadu, Half Ticket, Bhikari, Dry Day, Maajhi Shaala and many others.

About Conversations@theDSM
Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.

The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.

Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.

Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.

Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of Theatre Across.

 

Date: 17th June 2017

Time: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Venue: The Drama School Mumbai, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Mumbai, India 400004


Aakash Prabhakar@theDSM: Crumpled

Crumpled – A Compilation of Imperfect Love Stories

 

DSM alumnus Aakash Prabhakar comes to DSM with Crumpled, a compilation of imperfect love stories. Aakash is accompanied by a talented cast and crew who make these five stories something you will remember for a long time.

Crumpled will be performed on the 27th of May at 7 pm. Of course at The Drama School, Mumbai.

 

Crumpled is a compilation of 5 modern short love stories of 10-15 minutes each showing what and how relationships are all about now in the contemporary times.

Written by: Aakash Prabhakar, Julianne Homokay, Rahul Rai, Kalpak Bhave.

Cast: Aakash Prabhakar, Chirag Lobo, Gaurangi Dang, Himanshu Sharma, Mahnaz Damania, Manu Gupta, Rajan Sharma

 

The stories:

The Connection

Written By Aakash Prabhakar

Life without the Internet seems pretty impossible doesn’t it?

The Connection is a story about what happens when a young couple go through a traumatic loss of loosing their (internet) connection for 10 minutes and what happens for those 10 minutes and how they find a deeper connection with each other than the one they lost.

 

The Tinder date

Written By Rahul Rai

“Tinder” which is so widely used and loved here in a city like Mumbai, is loved may be because people who use it are from Mumbai, or any other metropolitan city.

What happens when a boy from Haryana who moved into Mumbai goes on a tinder date with a “Mumbai Girl” is what The Tinder Date is all about. Was swiping right really the right thing to do?

 

Spur

Written By Kalpak Bhave

Sometimes people really wish they could just go back in time, may be just for a few seconds, sometimes you also have to be really careful of what you wish for. Hasan makes a choice, which his girlfriend Tara is clearly not happy about and he wonders if he would have done the same if he could go back in time just for few seconds ..and he does go back in time..

He would have done the same? He wouldn’t? May be he…

 

The Wedding Story

We always go for the stereotypes don’t we? Create the most typical characters while we tell our kids a bedtime story? It is Usually about A prince and his princess, whisking away on a white horse to Hawaii for their honeymoon after their marriage? The storyteller who tells this story will surely be surprised when these characters suddenly pop out from the story his weaving to tell him what the reality is. Of course, in front of all those kids he is telling the story to.

 

The American Dream

Written By Aakash Prabhakar

A nice big house in California or Washington Dc may be, two cars, two kids, make a lot of money and enjoy that lifestyle that we see on television or hear our relatives living all the time is usually what we want isn’t it? That has always been the dream. The American Dream is a monologue about the American dream that a boy always chased since he was in 4th grade. But not all dreams come true isn’t it?

Who cares if it doesn’t? Life moves on anyway..

 

Crumpled

Date: 27th of May 2017

Time: 7 PM

Venue: The Drama School, Mumbai

 


Conversations@theDSM: Shafat Khan and Akshay Shimpi

 

For the second session, we have chosen the journey of Experimental theatre from Chhabildas movement to theatre in intimate spaces as the topic of discussion. It will also shed light upon the theatre across the world, how the scene is changing from the perspective of playwrights.

For this discussion, we have veteran Marathi playwright and theatre director Shafat Khan who will be interviewed by actor Akshay Shimpi, who also happens to be a faculty at the DSM.

Experimental theatre has grown and has experimented with itself over time. From the first sessions in the halls of Chhabildas High school to rehearsals and performances in specially built, intimate performance spaces. From handling socially aware topics to exploring movement and performance, the experimental theatre has come a long way. Witnessing this growth was Shafat Khan, while being an active part of that movement. He has written and directed Marathi plays over decades and seen the growth and the change of experimental theatre.

About Shafat Khan

Shafat Khan is a veteran writer and director for the Marathi stage and is renowned for powerful, engrossing plays like Mumbaiche Kavle and Shobhayatra. His approach to writing for the stage is an inspired and meticulous one.

His plays include Kisse, Policenama, Gandhi Aadva Yeto, Popatpanchi and Dry-Day.

Shafat Khan recently got awarded for his work by the Sangeet Akademi.

About Akshay Shimpi

Akshay Shimpi is an actor, a theatre graduate, and is currently working as a faculty member at the Drama School, Mumbai.

About Conversations@theDSM

Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.

The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.

Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.

Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.

Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of TheatreAcross.

Date: 13th May 2017
Time: 5 pm
Venue: 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.


The DSM Comes to Chennai!

 

Chennai: DSM Open Day series with Tushar Pandey

The DSM’s Open Day series visits for the first time in Chennai! And it is completely free and open to all!

 

At the DSM Open Day, leading theatre-makers, who are also DSM faculty, will show you what students at the school are taught as a part of their training. This 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.

After successful Open Days in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune, the DSM Open Day now comes to Chennai for the FIRST time ever.

 

About the Facilitator

Tushar Pandey

Tushar is an India based Actor, Director and a Teacher. He is an International awardee, with specialisation on Lecoq’s pedagogy from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and a graduate of the National School of Drama (NSD), India, Tushar has been practising performance since 2003. During the last eight years, he has been associated with various projects in India and the UK, performing, conducting workshops, creating works from classical styles to site-specific contemporary, acrobatic and mask-based works.

Apart from performing and creating work for stage in India, UK, Greece, China, Dubai, Tushar acted in a pivotal role in acclaimed film ‘PINK’, released in 2016, and has also played a lead role in an independent film, ‘Beyond Blue’, which premiered at Marche du (Cannes Film Festival 2015). He received Best Actor special mention at a festival in Rome in December 2015.

Tushar’s work concerns highly visual movement-and-text based combinations of fiction and non-fiction sources and is presently devising works to develop performance language and create new expressions that go beyond existing performance boundaries. Tushar is the co-convener of The Drama School, Mumbai and has been a visiting faculty at National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Oh, and the Open Day is completely FREE and open to all!

To sign up, write to us on info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in or give us a call on 9619336336.


The DSM Comes to Thane

Open Day Series: Akshay Shimpi in Thane!

The first DSM Open Day workshop in Thane!

After successfully conducting workshops across Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, DSM Open Day comes to Thane for the very first time!

Thane has traditionally been a place which cares about its arts and culture. And it is with the same love for the arts and theatre that DSM visits the city.

Get a chance to experience world-class training and know more about the Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Theatre-making at The Drama School Mumbai during its Open Day Series which has already travelled to 3 other cities. Here leading theatre-makers, who also happen to be DSM faculty, will show you what students at the school are taught as a part of their training. This 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:

Akshay Shimpi

Akshay Shimpi has a Masters of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the Mumbai University. Akshay is a well revered theatre-maker with over a decade of experience in the field. He is the faculty for Speech and Text at the DSM.  

In over a decade of working in theatre and film, Akshay Shimpi has done more than 30 plays and 7 short films that have toured festivals across India. He performs in both Hindi and Marathi and has been part of productions like Naag-Mandal, Ghashiram Kotwal, Hayvadan and Ram Sanjeevani ki Premkatha. He received acclaim for his portrayal of freedom fighter Anant Kanhere in the Marathi film 1909. His recent work with Astitva, Agdeech Shoonya is currently touring across Maharashtra.

 


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

Conversations@theDSM: Ramu Ramanathan & Gurleen Judge

Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.
The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.
Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.
Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.
Conversations@theDSM starts this Sunday. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of TheatreAcross.
For the first conversation, we have young director Gurleen Judge talking to her mentor and teacher Ramu Ramanathan, a name in theatre that needs little introduction.
Date: 9th April 2017
Time: 10 am
Venue: 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.