Inspiring and delightful
Watch three plays for children next week
The curtains part for yet another theatre festival, this time for children, in the city. The Kaveri Children’s Theatre Festival, an initiative of Kaveri Kalakshetra, presented in association with the International Association For Performing Arts And Research (IAPAR), Pune, brings to our city kids three days of professional theatre.
To be staged between January 22-24, the festival promises to present performances that are deeply engaging, innovative and inspiring. With an emphasis on meaningful content, the programme promises to inspire and delight both the young and young-at-heart, says a release from IAPAR.
The Balancing Act - IAPAR
January 22, 6.30 pm
Director: Vidyanidhee Vanarase (Prasad)
Music: Sameer Dublay
Performers: Aditi, Anushka, Tanmayee, Amrut, Nikhil
This performance looks at violence and abuse as seen and experienced by young children in day-to-day life. The questions raised in this play seem to apply to many of the struggles of a whole generation, no matter what age. The Balancing Act, throws light upon children’s perspective of violence. The play is suitable for children aged 6 and above and has been warmly and enthusiastically received by the young ones as well as adults.
Jamba Bamba Bo - Maharashtra Cultural Centre
January 23, 6.30 pm
Writer & lyricist: Shrirang Godbole, Vibhawari Deshpande.
Director: Radhika Ingale
Music Director: Gandhar Sangoram
Performers: Saksham Kulkarni, Rucha Apte, Harshad Rajpathak, Devendra Saralkar, Shrikar Pitre, Mukta Soman
Taking off from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, the play has a simple storyline. Bagheera and Balu bring Mowgli to the city. Bagheera takes Mowgli to a school to get him admitted. The admission form has various columns and Bagheera manages to find information for everything except a column named ‘religion’. The trio are confused about what that means.
A group of kids in the school overhear their discussion and they offer to help. If Mowgli doesn’t have a religion, he can choose one! The children, who belong to different faiths, take Mowgli to their homes for a small period, so that Mowgli can choose for himself...
Hanuman Ki Ramayan - Gillo Repertory Theatre
January 24, 6.30 pm
Original Author: Dr Devdutta Pattanaik
Nautankai Adaptation and Music: Pandit Ram Dayal Sharma
Direction and Hindi Translation: Dr Devendra Sharma
Valmiki has barely put his pen down after completing his magnificent creation, the epic
Ramayan, when he realises he has competition. Sage Narad tells him that there is a better Ramayan, written by Hanuman. Valmiki is devastated! And when Hanuman sees Valmiki so upset, what does he do? Hanuman Ki Ramayan is based on a short story by Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, published by Tulika Books. In this specially commissioned piece, the Gillo Repertory Theatre has adapted the story in nautanki form (sangeet).
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All the performances will be held at Shakuntala Shetty Auditorium, Dr Kalmadi Shamrao Secondary Section campus, Erandwane. It is a ticketed event. Tickets are available on