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First-ever Gujarati theatre festival in city

Three plays to premiere among two noted ones in an attempt to boost regional talent.

art and culture Updated: Mar 18, 2011 15:15 IST
Shweta Mehta

After successfully introducing their first-ever Marathi theatre festival, Pratibimb, last year, The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) has turned its focus to Gujarati theatre. Their new festival, Vasant – Gujarati Natya Utsav, which will be held from today till Sunday, will present five plays, including three premiere performances and two that have earned much critical acclaim. Poetry sessions, discussions and a host of other related activities will be held too.

NCPA has introduced Vasant with the aim of making it an annual event. Says chairman Khushroo N Suntook, “Gujarati theatre has been a significant contributor to the cultural landscape of Mumbai, and through Vasant, it we want to enrich it further.” The focus of the festival will lie largely in offbeat themes and genres and will aim to bring to the fore the unusual, inventive and exciting side of Gujarati theatre. “Usually, the offbeat plays face lack of suitable venues and audiences. Hopefully, this will contribute to bringing vibrancy to the scenario.”

Festival schedule

Friday
Vishwamanvi: Umashankar Joshi – 7 pm, Tata Theatre

Saturday
Sutarfeni -5 pm, Experimental Theatre
Apurva Avsar – 7.30 pm, Tata Theatre

Sunday
Bhabhu Retire Thai Chhe – 5 pm, Experimental Theatre
Koi Bheethe Thi Aayna Uttaro – 7.30 pm, Tata Theatre