Enter the precincts of the solitary theatre on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and a familiar fragrance of wood drives one back to the times when Gopal Sharman would have set down to create the Akshara Theatre – by crafting it’s furniture and setting up the lights.
When the thespian passed away recently, he left behind a legacy of work that his near and dear ones’ decided to celebrate than mourn his death. “He was a person who liked to entertain people,” says Anasuya Vaidya, Sharman’s daughter. His wife and co-founder of Akshara Theatre, Jalabala Vaidya says,“ Rather than a memorial meeting, we will celebrate Gopal’s life and works.”
A poet, playwright, musician, filmmaker and designer, Gopal Sharman was a multi-faceted artist. To celebrate him, his students will present excerpts from two of his plays – The Ramayana and Let’s Laugh Again. Later, Sharman’s wife, daughter and grandson will recite poems written by him and will be joined by TV personality Sunit Tandon.
“Gopal Sharman was that rare being who was equally at home wielding a pen in the world of words and ideas, or working with hammer and chisel in the realm of sculpture and carpentry. He was, in the truest sense of that much-misused term, a renaissance man,” says Tandon.
Other personalities such as lawyer-politician Ram Jethmalani, artists Rajiv and Geeta Chandran, comedian Papa CJ, psychologist Sudhamahi Regunathan, diplomat Sir Rob Young and others will also join in to remember the thespian.
“He wanted to create more space at Akshara, and wished that it became much more financially stable,” says Anasuya, adding, “One thing we wanted to do for him was to publish his stories and poems as a collection…”
CATCH IT LIVE
WHAT: Celebrating Gopal Sharman
WHERE: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg
WHEN: July 9
NEAREST METRO STATION: Patel Chowk on Yellow Line