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Dramatic entry of Kalyan youngsters into NSD fest

DNMUM160718 | 1/23/2010 | Author : Deepti Acharya | WC :302 | Art & Culture

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Present Marathi play selected from 600 entries received from all over

Making the city proud, a Kalyan-based theatre group 'Mitee Char', performed at the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav of National School of Drama (NSD) held on January 17-18 at New Delhi. Commendably, the one-and-half hour long Marathi play 'Premach Mhanu Hyala Hav Tar' was selected from among 600 entries received from 40 theatre groups across the countryand abroad.
Young actors from Kalyan, Amol Kulkarni and Priyanka Damle essayed the lead roles in the play written by renowned Marathi playwright CP Deshpande and directed by Ravindra Lakhe.
'Mitee Char', formed by Ravindra Lakhe since 1996, has been active in experimental theatre and grooming the local talent in theatre. Lakhe has been involved in literary and theatre activities since 1970. Since 2000, it has presented seven one-act plays and nine dramas across at the theatre festivals and competitions held across the state.
'Premach Mhanu Hyala Hav Tar' is a contemporary tragicom with only two characters enacting the roles of a plumber and electrician among others. The plot revolves around Antara, played by Priyanka, and Anurag, played by Amol, who are online chatting buddies. Their friendship soon develops into a relationship. However, the career-oriented Antara marries Anurag on the condition that she will not have any progeny. Anurag, later, wishes to have a child and the conflict and compromises between them are expressed using the repair and maintenance work of their house as a medium. However, what binds the couple in their relationship is left for the audiences to decide.
Lakhe, the director of 'Premach Mhanu Hyala Hav Tar', said, "I chose this play for the festival as it refers to a man-woman relationship in modern times without being judgmental on what is right or wrong. The answer to why the couple continues to stay together despite their disturbances is left to the audiences' interpretation."

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