Sadir Theatre Festival.

The second edition of Sadir Theatre Festival will take place this year between February 8 and February 10 at Kala Academy, Panaji. The festival opens with Purushottam Darvhekar’s, ‘Katyaar Kaaljaat Khusli’, a Sangeet Natak, which is about two music veterans
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Following the success of last year, the second edition of Sadir Theatre Festival will take place this year between February 8 and February 10 at Kala Academy, Panaji. “After last year’s stupendous success we planned to make it an annual event. This year our theme revolves around the past, present and future,” said Swati Bhise, an acclaimed Bharatnatyam dancer and choreographer who runs a Sanskrit Centre at New York and is the founder of Sadir. 
 
“This time we plan to showcase Marathi theatre and also revive Hindustani music and dance in this theatrical extravaganza,” said Ms Bhise. The festival opens with Purushottam Darvhekar’s, ‘Katyaar Kaaljaat Khusli’, a Sangeet Natak, which is about two music veterans, one Hindu and the other Muslim, each one with a different style and approach, and tolerance for each other despite existing prejudices. The famous ‘Khansaab’ character will be played by veteran artiste, Lt Vasantrao Deshpande’s grandson, Rahul Deshpande. 
 
Another musical drama ‘Sangeet Sanshaykallol will be staged on February 10 and the festival will close with the ‘Memories of Ghashiram Kotwal’. “I brought ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ to New York and people wondered who would watch a Marathi play. But when people actually watched it they went ga-ga over the rich performing arts culture and heritage that India possesses. Art crosses all boundaries and is the best cultural ambassador. It has no boundaries, no culture, the only culture it has is humanity. I want to share that experience with today’s youth,” said Ms Bhise. 
 
Mohan Agashe will be directing ‘Memories of Ghashiram Kotwal’ and will play the character of Nana Phadnavis. The performance will be backed by clippings of the 1976 movie-‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ and Mohan Agashe will bring back to life all the political pressure that artistes faced while rehearsing this Marathi classic, of acclaimed playwright Vijay Tendulkar, and the controversy surrounding it. 
 
“We also direct our efforts to provide entertainment with a social responsibility. One will not watch these plays because one has to, but because one will genuinely enjoy them,” added Ms Bhise, who went on to urge people to support artistes and the arts in order to sustain them. “India is the same if not better than New York’s Broadway, but we should come forward to revive the rich legacy and heritage of music, dance and theatre, so that the youth are encouraged to get into this field,” she said adding that if the youth are passionate about their art they should work hard to pursue it and not give up amidst rough times. 
 
The festival will also host Girish Karnad’s famous play, ‘Broken Images’ directed by Alyque Padamsee and performed by Shabana Azmi. 
 
The price of tickets for ‘Broken Image’ range between Rs 1500 and Rs 250 and the other three performances are priced between Rs 1000 and Rs 150. Ms Bhise promised to grant free passes to interested people who cannot afford the tickets, only if they prove their incapability to pay. “We want to make this festival accessible to anyone and everyone,” she said adding that seats will be given on first come first serve basis. “We aim at bringing meaningful theatre and showing people that Goa can give much more than just beaches and parties,” concluded the artiste. 
 
(For enquiries and bookings contact Judy Caleb 91-9766621409 or visit www.sadir.in) [NT]