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Bidding farewell to the entertainer, Gopal Sharman

To remember Gopal Sharman – the founder of Akshara Theatre in Delhi who recently passed away, an evening of his plays and poems is being organised. His family says that he was an entertainer and they want to remember him by presenting his work than holding a memorial meeting.

art and culture Updated: Jul 08, 2016 18:15 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Akshara Theatre,Gopal Sharman,Anasuya Vaidya
Gopal Sharman, founder of Akshara Theatre.

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.”

Jalabala Vaidya as Sita in the play The Ramayana, by Gopal Sharman.

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…”

Read: Lights won’t go off at Akshara thanks to fans’ support and donations


WHAT: Celebrating Gopal Sharman

WHERE: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg

WHEN: July 9

TIMINGS: 6.30pm

NEAREST METRO STATION: Patel Chowk on Yellow Line

First Published: Jul 08, 2016 18:15 IST