Second edition of Pune’s Dajikaka Karandak to break language barrier

This year the annual contest will also have English and Hindi one-act plays

pune Updated: Aug 06, 2017 13:56 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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(L to R) Ajay Naik, Saurabh Gadgil and Prashant Damle during Dajikaka Gadgil Natya Karandak announcement in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

The surprisingly overwhelming response to the first edition of one-act play competition Dajikaka Karandak organised in Pune in 2016 has enthused the organisers to break the language ceiling, literally. This year, the competition will be inviting plays in English and Hindi too.

The contest had received accolades from theatre aficionados, and aspiring and established theatre artistes, besides attracting audience from all walks of life. Director Ajay Naik, who has conceptualised the event along with Saurabh Gadgil, Swapnil Kore and Parag Gadgil, said, “This year, we decided to step up and bring in more features into the competition to provide a wider platform for budding theatre enthusiasts across the country. We are inviting plays in Hindi, English and Marathi to participate in the one-act plays.”

The chief mentor for the competition will be actor Prashant Damle and theatre veteran Pradeep Vaiddya will mentor students during the preliminary rounds. Lodging arrangements for outstation students will be made by the organisers of the event. “We want people to come and experience the festival and participate in huge numbers. We are going to make arrangements for outstation participants,” said Saurabh.

Damle said, “One-act play is the very first step in acting as it helps to increase the confidence of aspiring actors. I am going to tell the participants what they don’t have, what they have and how to polish it. It will be a challenging task and I am looking forward to it.”

The initiative aims to encourage artistes to experiment with their creativity by presenting diversified subjects. It is a competition that will provide talented writers, directors, actors and technicians a platform to enter into the professional circuit of pro theatre, films or television.

The action begins...

Preliminary rounds: September 11 to 21

Venues: Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad and Goa.

Final rounds: September 25-26 in Pune.

Consolation awards will be given to best writer, best director, best actor (Female & Male), best producer, best art director and best lights expert.

The winners of the finals will be rewarded with a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh for 1st prize and Dajikaka Gadgil Karandak Trophy, Rs.75,000 for the second prize, Rs.51,000 for the third prize and the best group (two groups) will win Rs.10,000 each.

First Published: Aug 06, 2017 13:55 IST