3 day drama festival Ahaan ends
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The play Natsamrat, staged at Shaheed Bhawan in the city on Sunday evening, depicts the tragic family life of a theater actor who has retired from acting but is unable to forget his fond memories of theatre.
It was part of the concluding day of Ahaan, a three-day drama festival organized by Aahan Kalyan Samiti, Bhopal. Directed by Jayant Deshmukh, Natsamrat is based on the iconic Marathi play of the same name written by VV Shirwadkar, which was first staged in 1970. It was translated into Hindi by Satchidanand Joshi.
It revolves around a protagonist Ganpat Belwalkar, a Shakespearean actor, who retires from the stage but is unable to avoid the drama of family conflict. However, their ungratefulness renders Ganapat and his wife homeless during their old age.
“The classic play was written about 50 years ago. It is a drama of today’s social situation, personal aspirations and not being able to reconcile with the older generation. It shows the inter-relationships of the family,” said director Deshmukh.
“Acting is paramount for me, especially on stage. I have used all the theatrical methods in this play. The play highlights the political, cultural and social status of the characters as they are today.
Ekrang Theater Group Bhopal presented the play. Renowned theater actor and director Alok Chatterjee played the lead role of Ganpat Belwalkar, which was appreciated. Apart from the acting, the sets, costumes, props and lights also attracted a large number of spectators.
Rope directed by Prateek Sharma and Bin Patte Ki Chitthi directed by Tanhaji were staged on the first and second day of the fest.
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