Natyasattak Rajani: All night theatre to hold Pune in thrall

According to Kushal Khot, organiser of the festival, “It is an opportunity to recreate the magic of overnight theatre in a day of late night film shows and pubs. This all-night theatre festival is a part of the Pune Natyasattak that gives an opportunity to all the theatre enthusiasts who could watch best of Pune’s theatrical performances under one roof”.

pune Updated: Jan 24, 2018 15:55 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The idea floated by Wide Wings Media, ‘Natyasattak Rajani’ is the first of its kind overnight theatre festival which will bring back memories for many Punekars of attending such plays in the 60s and 70s. (HT FILE PHOTO)

It will be a marathon of theatrical performances where five plays and a performance will be played back to back starting from 9 pm on January 25 to 7 am on January 26 (Republic Day) at Balgandharva Rang Mandir.

An idea floated by Wide Wings Media, the ‘Natyasattak Rajani’ is first of its kind overnight theatre festival which will bring back memories for many Punekars of attending such plays in the 60’s and 70’s.

According to Kushal Khot, organiser of the festival, “It is an opportunity to recreate the magic of overnight theatre in a day of late night film shows and pubs. This all-night theatre festival is a part of the Pune Natyasattak that gives an opportunity to all the theatre enthusiasts who could watch best of Pune’s theatrical performances under one roof. Coming to the present day status and age of authorities who do allow for overnight mehfils, we have got the opportunity to bring back the glory of theatre performances all in one night,” he added.

For this overnight theatre, it will begin with a play called Maunraag directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni, where actor Sachin Khedekar and Chandrakant Kulkarni will recite the writings by Mahesh Elkunchwar.

This will be followed by a blast of laughter as Purushottam Karandak the winner of one-act play ‘Deta ka Karandak’ will grab the stage. “Every young theatre enthusiast is always keen on watching this comedy by Devendra Gaikwad and Paresh Devlankar,” says Khot.

‘202 Elina’, is a production by Theatron Entertainments. It is a mime act play which has won many accolades all around the state. Shivraj Waichal, Kaumudi Walokar, Suraj Parasnis and Virajas Kulkarni, are known television faces who will use the magic wand of mime to entice the Punekars.

Marathi stand up comedy by Sarang Sathye, Omkar Rege and Chetan Mule from the famous web channel Bhadipa will regale the audience with laughter.

The finale will make sure that the viewers not only stay awake for the following performance but also have all your antennas on. And finally, comes the best of all ‘Urdu adab aur sufi mausiki ki mehfil – Sukhan’ with the dawn. Sukhan is a kind of Mushayara (a performance consisting shayaris, ghazals and poems in Urdu).

First Published: Jan 24, 2018 15:55 IST