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Mime your act

For the first time in the city, Maunaantar — a mime play competition, will be held that will showcase the lesser-known art form

A mime act competition, Maunaantar, will be held in the city for the first time, this weekend. Owing to the fact that it’s solely dedicated to the art form of mime, various acts have been selected, both from the city as well as from Mumbai, on the basis of the criterion that it has to be a one-act play without speech.


Mime as an art form originated in ancient Greece. One of the cruxes of mime is to use the body to express the story. 

Kushal Khot, owner and founder of Dreams 2 Reality and one of the organisers of the event, shares, “Doing plays that have dialogues can be easy but performing only on the basis of expressions is a challenge even to the people who have been acting for a long time. It is an expressive medium where you can focus on body language rather
than dialogue.”

Dreams 2 Reality and Fairytale Media have organised this unique theatre competition. Along with body language, music will also play an important part in the performances. The organisers feel that this will also help bring out some new writings/thoughts/concepts.

Khot further adds, “In this competition, there is no upper limit for participants. It will be for 30 minutes in total and the play will be for 20 minutes. Other than the act, the accompanying music also has to have no lyrics.”

One of the competition participants, Ajay Kale from Prayatna group from Pune, shares his experience, “This is the first time we will be doing such a play. The difficulties have been in the form of challenges like not to move your lips.

The play has a script and so chances of the artiste doing lip movement is huge.”

Sharing his anxiety, Amrut Samak from Indian Progressive Theatre Association, highlights how he realised the importance of dialogues in a play. “We took time to select the script as well as the artistes (in order to be careful).

Plus, a group mime is a big challenge as opposed to solo acts. Keeping the audience engrossed for 20 minutes without dialogue is a big thing and we hope to do it,” he says.

The one of its kind competition, will have five teams participating this year — Vijayshree group, Prayatna group, Theatron Pune, IPTA Pune, Kollage and Creations Pune.

On July 5 and 6, 9 am onwards
At Bharat Natya Mandir, Sadashiv Peth.
For Seasonal passes, contact info@d2rpune.com

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