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‘Memory lane’ brought the light of other days around

DNAHM75354 | 9/28/2014 | Author : Vrunda R Bhatt | WC :209

Legendary playwright and director Chinu Modi’s collection of plays hit the stands on Saturday

Noted Gujarati poet and theatre personality, Chinu Modi’s collection of 16 plays, Natyavali and a collection of memories of as many years, Jalsa Avtaar,  hit local bookshelves on Saturday. The books are part of the poetcum- playwright’s 75th birthday  celebrations. On the occasion, Memory lane, a play written and directed by Modi himself and featuring Archan Trivedi  and Taruna Soni was also staged. Memory lane narrated the story of an elderly couple who were actively involved in theatre in their hay days. An invitation from the government or a stage performance makes  them nostalgic after recollection of various plays that the duo had done in the past. “Memory Lane has rejuvenated me as I too will be performing on stage after a long time” said Archan Trivedi, the protagonist in the play. Besides Trivedi, a name to reckon with in Gujarati folk Bhavai, the play lso included excerpts from Chinu Modi’s noteworthy theatricals like Ashwamegh, Navlasa Hirji and Hukum Malik, and Aurangzeb to name a few. “I am comple ely honoured. This is  like a panorama shot of series of sketches (plays) that I have done throughout my life” said an overwhelmed Modi. The event was also attended by IAS officer Bhagyesh V Jha andveteran Congressman, Shankarsinh Vaghela. 

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