The Stage is Materializing: Material and materiality in theatre

What do tea cups, salt shakers, Dame Judi Dench, and bits of PVC tubes all have in common? They have all played prominent roles in critically acclaimed and thought-provoking theatre around the world.   Material has always been part of the general world of theatrical performance, serving as props, sets, costumes, make up, lights and sound. Everything we see when we watch a play which isn’t a human body is technically “material” of course. Yet, when we speak of “Material Theatre”,...


FLYING SOLO: Maya Krishna Rao in conversation with Nimi Ravindran

Loved and respected by theatre-makers across the country and abroad, the indefatigable Maya Krishna Rao continues to be an inspiration for the next generation of artists. Although we know of her as a powerhouse performer, Maya has juggled many hats over the years, including that of teacher, educator and mentor. Having premiered her latest show in Delhi she talks to Nimi Ravindran about life, work, politics and her new show, intriguingly titled: Loose Woman N: Solo performers often refer to...


In Discussion: Theatre Festivals of India - Value and Judgement

In Discussion: Theatre Festivals of India – Value and Judgement by Shruti Achesh  _______________________________________________________________ One Night Only at the Hindu Theatre Fest 2018 Photo Courtesy The Hindu Mahabharat at the Vinod Doshi Festival Pune 2018 Photo Courtesy Katkatha Hampi Utsav Photo Courtesy – Travel Triangle DRIFT Photo Courtesy – The Hindu ...


Finding the Classic in the Contemporary: An interview with Mangai

In conversation with Lavanya Narayanan                Mangai (aka. V Padma) at her home in Chennai. Pic Courtesy: The Hindu V. Padma sits in a chair in her cozy home. Surrounding her is her in-home library: a bibliophile’s wonderland, it holds what many theatre students can only dream of. But for Padma, or Mangai – as she is known in the theatre arena – the books represent much more than a petty fascination. They are her life. “I am an academician,” she admits proudly. And yet,...


Maati - Drama School Mumbai Student Production 2018

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ― Federico García LorcaIn a world where a her value is determined by the capacity for first bearing and then rearing children, what’s a barren woman to do? Where does an incessant obsession with fertility, sterility, life and death lead? How far can you bend before you snap? Every year, DSM students perform a full length production, working with some of the best theatre directors in...


Thespo & The Drama School Mumbai: Natyakala Workshop 2018

  Like last year, Thespo and the Drama School Mumbai have continued to work together on an exciting series of workshops for young people in theatre. Natyakala 2018 is running across 9 cities this year, Natyakala 2018 will be in 6 cities reaching Delhi and Jaipur in the north and Nagpur and Baroda in the west. Natyakala workshops focus on developing foundation acting skills. Participants are introduced to basic concepts in improvisation and devising, understanding use of space, working with...


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कलेला वारंवार सिद्ध करावे लागते

प्रेमानंद गज्वी (१९४७-ह्यात) हे नव्वदोत्तरी मराठी नाटककार, लेखक व कवी आहेत. सामाजिक बांधिलकीचे भान ठेवून समाजातील विदारक सत्य प्रभावीपणे मांडणे यासाठी ते प्रसिद्ध आहेत. त्यांच्या “घोटभर...


Modern theatre, Mumbai and Indian aesthetics

By Tanvi Parekh, Kathak dancer and travel scribe  He shares a love-hate relationship with Mumbai, the city which is at the heart of most of his plays. She has been lighting, directing, and conducting workshops all across Mumbai. The two collaborated for Ambu and Rajalakshmi, officially. But unknown to Ramu, she has lit most of his play-productions for the past few years. Gurleen Judge and Ramu Ramanathan kick-start the Conversations@theDSM series, a celebration of the guru-shishya...


Performance@theDSM: The Fair One

A legend in her own right, any new work by Shanta Gokhale deserves to be celebrated. This November, Performance@theDSM pays tribute to her latest play by hosting a dramatic reading for public. Menghaobi: The Fair One, written by Gokhale, directed by Mahesh Dattani and produced by Playpen Performing Arts Trust will be hosted on 25th November, 2017 at the DSM. It will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dattani. The play is about a complacent middle-class homemaker from Delhi questioning...


Conversations@theDSM: Rasika Agashe

   Image source: YouTube Rasika Agashe is an actor and director working with the Marathi and Hindi theatre industry. She is a graduate from the National School of Drama and a full-time theatre practitioner. Rasika has also been featured on TV, film and the web. Ajji, her latest independent film as an actor made its debut at the Busan International Film Festival. Rasika is also a co-founder of Being Association, a group working on promoting performing arts. The group produces plays while...