The fifth edition of the Celebrate Bandra Festival, which begins on Saturday, will have actor Naseeruddin Shah perform the play, ‘Ismat Apa Ke Naam- 1’, in a park at for the first time.
“This is the first time the actor will step out of the conventional setting to perform the play. All the plays during the fortnight-long festival will be enacted by his group, Motley,” said Patricia Nath, co-convener, Celebrate Bandra, at a press conference on Thursday.
The festival promises a variety of cultural events including Sufi rock, Urdu poetry, ghazals, folk dance and Hindi plays. “We are creating a ‘youth zone’ at Bandra Reclamation, which will have young bands and dance groups entertaining the youth,” said Neale Murray, festival director. “We are ensuring that even the dogs have a good time. We have organised a special event called ‘Party Barky Hai’ for the dogs,” he added.
The festival has more than 120 planned events, which will be organised along Bandra Reclamation, Bandstand and Carter Road promenades, the theatre acts will be presented in the Hindustan Lever Park on St Paul Road and the music concerts at the Bandra Fort Amphitheatre.
A part of the funds raised at the festival will be used to improve the traffic situation in the suburb as part of the ‘You Turn’ project that encourages people to adhere to traffic rules. The remaining funds will be used to buy a bus for the ‘Kripa Foundation’, a non-profit organisation that rehabilitates drug addicts and alcoholics.