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Purushottam Karandak: Ahmednagar College is one-act play champion this year

There were nine colleges vying for the trophy.

pune Updated: Sep 12, 2017 14:42 IST
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New Art, Commerce and Science Collage, Ahmednagar won the trophy for their play ‘Mike’.
New Art, Commerce and Science Collage, Ahmednagar won the trophy for their play ‘Mike’.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

The curtains came down on the three-week-long Purushottam Karandak - intercollegiate one-act play competition - with New Art, Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar lifting the trophy for their play ‘Mike’.

There were nine colleges vying for the trophy. The plays presented during the competition included ‘Driver’ from Premraj Sarda College, Ahmednagar, ‘After the diary’ from Aba Saheb Garware, ‘Bhet’ from Fergusson College, ‘Mukund koni ha pahila’ from Abasaheb Garware College of Commerce, ‘Mike’ representing New Art, Commerce and Science College, Ahmednagar; ‘ASL Please’ from Modern Technical College, ‘Sane and Company’ from Kashibai Navale Technical College, ‘Sorry, Paranjape’ from Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce and ‘Bhumika’ representing SP College.

The winning play gave a tough competition to the other plays according to the students watching the finals. The judges for the final round were professor Samar Nakhate, actor Milind Phatak and actress Amita Khopkar.

Speaking to HT, Krushna Walke, director and actor of the play ‘Mike’ said, “It was a dream that we thrived to achieve and we have done it. We worked very hard for this Karandak. The story of this play is about how Mike as an instrument becomes the mouthpiece for everyone to say their thoughts.”

Phatak, who evaluated plays, said, “We had a unanimous decision when it came to watching ‘Mike’ by Ahmednagar college. What I loved is its simplicity , the subject, use of minimal theatrical dynamics in the play, acting , characterisation and metaphor used to convey their message was excellent.”

The play Mike is a social commentary on communalism and of the camaraderie between the Hindus and Muslims portrayed in the play. “It was very realistic showcasing the upheavals that we go through in our daily life without realising that everyone contributes equally to the society. It was well performed with a strong social message,” said Amita Khopkar, actress and judge for the final plays.

There was a tough competition between another play Sorry, Paranjape but the judges were in agreement in their decision of declaring ‘Mike’ as the winner. The Hari Vinayak Trophy was awarded to Modern Engineering College for the play “ASL Please”, and the “Sanjeev Karandak” award went to BMCC for Sorry, Paranjpe.

Students Aditya Kulkarni, Nath Prasad Purandare, Gandharva Gulvalkar and Samrudhi Deshpande won the best performance award, while Rishi Manohar received the best director award. For writing, Ratnadip Shinde and Suraj Gadgil got the accolades. The prizes will be distributed in Bharat Natya Mandir at 5 pm on September 15.