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Reflections from Marathi theatre

The 6th edition of Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav, a five-day festival, begins this Saturday, and will showcase seven plays from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur

It’s rare for Mumbaikars to get a chance to watch popular Marathi theatre, not just from the city but also from other parts of Maharashtra. Now in its 6th edition, the annual Marathi theatre festival, Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav at NCPA will bring together celebrated works by renowned names of the Marathi theatre, TV and film industries.

Unha Pavsachi Berij Vaja Baki, from Nagpur
Unha Pavsachi Berij Vaja Baki, from Nagpur

“We try and present Marathi plays from across genres, including classical, experimental and others. The list is curated in a way that if someone does not usually watch Marathi plays, when he watches these, it will give them an idea of the current scene in Marathi theatre,” says Deepa Gahlot, head — programming theatre and films, NCPA. “Marathi theatre has a rich tradition. We have chosen these plays based on recommendation from people who watch Marathi theatre across India,” she adds.

What’s in store?
The festival will open with Unha Pavsachi Berij Vaja Baki, a play from Nagpur that will display the seasons of rain and sunshine in the life of an actor. Next in line is a play that will premiere at the festival titled Tepachu Ek Tamasha. It discusses how society would progress if its main tool, the working class were to vanish.

Bin Kamaache Sanvad, from Pune
Bin Kamaache Sanvad, from Pune

Pai Paishachi Goshta is the story of a Maharashtrian housewife who brings to life a journey of four generations from a homemaker’s point of view. Bin Kamaache Sanvad, from Pune, takes place in the dream of Bhosanka, who while purchasing a new phone enters an alternate reality. Samudra is the story of a couple, Bhaskar and Nandini, who embark on a long overdue vacation to a sea side resort. The romantic getaway, takes a turn, when Nandini confesses a past affair.

The plot of Tee, a recent addition to the festival’s itinerary, revolves around a troubled lawyer who encounters a malevolent spirit. The curtains fall on the festival with Don Special, a play set in 1989, that tells the story of a journalist facing an ethical dilemma.

Along with showcasing some of the celebrated works of Marathi theatre, Pratibimb will also feature post event discussions, which will help the audience understand these works better and create a deeper involvement.

From: August 1 to 5, 4 pm and 6.30 pm (daily)
At: Experimental Theatre and Godrej Dance Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
Call: 66223754

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