NCPA, Zee Theatre Join Hands to Present Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav

Mumbai: The National Centre for the Performing Arts’ Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav returns this summer. Co-powered by Zee Theatre, the three-day Marathi theatre festival (from the 17th to the 19th of May) encompasses a variety of vibrant activities such as poetry readings, venue tours, workshops and plays.

The festival opens with the premiere of Patra Patri, a tongue-in-cheek epistolary play about changing times, featuring two stalwarts - Vijay Kenkre and Dilip Prabhavalkar. In stark contrast to this humorous offering is Kavi Jaato Tenvha, a musical play-reading on the poetic works of Manik Sitaram Godghate, known by his pen name Grace. The festival also offers two workshops; one on the fundamentals of acting by renowned actor Priyadarshan Jadhav and the other about stage design by noted art director Macchindra Shinde.
Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre & Films, NCPA shared, “The NCPA's commitment to Marathi theatre and cultural groups is demonstrated through initiatives like Pratibimb. This festival aims to preserve and nurture Maharashtrian culture. It is a celebration and a collaboration between the NCPA and established and emerging artists, creating a vibrant space for artistic expression in the Marathi theatre community. The upcoming Pratibimb festival promises an enticing blend of mainstream and innovative performances. With no fewer than three premieres, it gives our audiences a chance to see the fantastic plays first at the NCPA. Alongside these, enriching readings, workshops, and tours will be held, all designed to provide a comprehensive experience of the vibrant world of Marathi theatre. This diverse lineup ensures there's something for every theatre enthusiast eager to delve into the rich cultural heritage of Marathi theatre. We also offer greater access with many of the performances subtitled in English, so people who don't speak Marathi can still experience the plays. We invite our audiences to join this celebration and immerse themselves in Pratibimb's rich tapestry of experiences."
This year, Pratibimb also features two intriguing love stories. Playwright Irawati Karnik, renowned for delving into the complexities of human behavior and relationships, presents her highly acclaimed work, "Jar Tar Chi Goshta." Complementing this, Niranjan Pedanekar's "Love is Hanikarak" offers a darker perspective on love.
Emerging from the NCPA's prestigious "Darpan" playwriting competition, "Golkonda Diamonds" by Yogeshwar Bendre explores the perennial struggle of individuals against the overwhelming forces of the system. Building on the success of last year's winning play, "Kalgitura," by Datta Patil, the festival also presents "Dagad aani Maati" that delves deeper into themes of provenance and identity.
Witness these captivating stories unfold on stage and immerse yourself in this unique theatrical experience. Tickets are now available on BookMyShow.
( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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