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Natya Darshan
A vision of theatre in India
Venue - SNA, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi
Venue - Sri Ram Centre, Safdar Hashmi Marg
Meghdoot - I, Date - 5, 7 & 9 October 2010 - 8.45 PM
Date - 4 - 13 October 2010
Time - 6.30 PM
Meghdoot - I, Date - 10 October 2010 - 11.00 AM
 
Programme
VASTRAHARAN (Marathi - Malvani dialect)

In a small village of Konkan called Revandi, the villagers have gathered to perform a story from the epic Mahabharata, that of Draupadi Vastraharan – the disrobing of Draupadi. The village Head Tatya Sarpanch is at the helm of affairs, while the village teacher, Joshi Master is the director. Tatya is keen that people from all over the region watch his play and shower praise on him. He is doing his utmost to get the act together. After rigorous rehearsals for a month and a half, the play is now ready to be staged.

The amateur actors of the village are bursting with enthusiasm to put up the play, but they have their whims and fancies coupled with tricky, badly-timed real life situations. As a result, the drama that happens behind the scenes turns out to be far more theatrical than the actual play. Vastraharan is the fun-filled, humorous story of that drama.
Every traditional play in Maharashtra starts with Nandi, or invocation to the gods. As the Nandi is about to start, they find the musicians missing. They have been whisked away to perform at the funeral of an old woman of the village who has died at the age of 100. So what happens to the music of the ‘musical’ Vastraharan?

The man playing Draupadi gets the news that his wife has given birth to his eighth child – a son after seven girls. He leaves the stage, runs home and gets dead drunk! Who then plays Draupadi?

The actor playing Lord Indra gets actually possessed by a god (!) and ‘demands’ that the Tamasha dancer sitting in the audience perform for him. Is his demand met?

Dusshasan, the villain who is supposed to do the disrobing, refuses to disrobe the new Draupadi. Who then fills his place?

The play is directed by Ramesh Randive, and is presented by Bhadrakali Productions, Mumbai.

Director’s Note:

First staged in 1980 as an amateur play with mill workers as actors, Vastraharan had no pretension to any form or style. Its mainstay was the raw energy, humour and innocence of its actors. In spite of being entrenched in a small region of coastal Maharashtra, it did not draw from any folk tradition or style. The narrative structure being a play within a play, it was necessary to have a stage as well as backstage for the story to unfold. One innovative idea was to have only ribbons hung on the stage in place of the curtain so that the ‘action’ on stage is seen.
To borrow the words of noted author and playwright P.L.Deshpande, Vastraharan is a desi (native) farce.
-- Ramesh Randive

4th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Script & Direction: Habib Tanvir
Presented by Naya Theatre, Bhopal
5th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Script: B. Gauri
Music: Kamal Tewari
Direction: Kirti Jain
Presented by Aaranjan, Delhi
5th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 8.45 pm
Meghdoot I
Direction: Sundeepan Vimal Kant
Presented by Swastic, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
6th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Script & Direction: Manoj Mitra
Presented by Sundaram, Kolkata
7th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Script & Direction: Balwant Thakur
Presented by Sundaram, Kolkata
Presented by Natrang, Jammu
7th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 8.45 pm
Meghdoot I
Direction : Raghuvir Khedkar
Presented by Raghuvir Khedkar and Kantabai
Satarkar Group
8th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Punjabi Translation: Surjit Patar
Direction: Neelam Man Singh Chowdhry
Presented by The Company, Chandigarh
9th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Written by Bellave Narahari Shastry
Direction: B. Jayashree
Video
Presented by Spandana, Bengaluru
9th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 8.45 pm
Meghdoot I
Traditional Theatre of Karnataka
Direction & Choreography: Keremane Shivananda
Hegde
Presented by Sri Idagunji Mahaganapati
Yakshagana Mandali, Keremane
10th Ocotber 2010 - Morning 11.00 am
Meghdoot II
Artists : Margi Madhu , Margi Sathi & Nepathya
Group
Presented by Kutiyattam Kendra of Sangeet
Natak Akademi, Thiruvnanthpuram
10th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
Sri Ram Centre
Direction: Ramesh Randive
Presented by Bhadrakali Productions, Mumbai
 
 
11th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
 
Sri Ram Centre
 
 
 
Direction: Kavalam Narayana Panikkar
 
Presented by Sopanam, Thiruvananthapuram
 
 
12th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
 
Sri Ram Centre
 
 
 
Direction: Ratan Thiyam
 
Presented by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal
 
 
13th Ocotber 2010 - Evening 6.30 pm
 
Sri Ram Centre
 
 
 
Hindi Translation: Vasant Dev
 
Direction: Rajinder Nath
 
Presented by National School of Drama Repertory
 
Company, New Delhi