Fascinating Transition: A short conversation with DSM's Design Faculty

The new year at DSM always starts with Design. The students experience a fascinating transition from actor-focused training to larger elements of production. This year we had Ishita Doshi and Neeraja Patwardhan come together for the first time as design faculty. They taught costume and set design to the 18 students of Batch 2018-19. Neeraja Patwardhan finished her Masters in Theatre from Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune. She also had an MFA in...


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...


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,...


"The more awards an artist wins, the less insecure he becomes" - An interview with Ramu Ramanathan

Photo credit: Junoon Mumbai Local Ramu Ramanathan is not a new name in the Indian theatre circuit. In fact, it is a very popular one. He has, to his credentials, some of the most prolific awards in the industry. Recently, Ramu was awarded with the NDTV-Serendipity Arts’ ‘Arts Spectrum’ award in the Performing Arts category. We spoke to him on what it means to be an effective playwright and how he manages to be a journalist and editor by the day and a writer and director by the...


“With Age Comes Wisdom And Compassion!” - An Interview With Anamika Haksar

The Drama School Mumbai interviewed Anamika Haksar, theatre director and drama pedagogue on why she loves playing two different roles. She also shared her views on training and practice young people need to become terrific performers. Read more to get your set of advice…Image sourced from Pandolin. Anamika and I have scheduled an interview at her apartment in Mumbai but I am secretly scared. Upon reaching there, my eyes are wandering all over her living room. They rest upon the piles of...


“You have to prove your talent over and over again!” An interview with Premanand Gajvi

Premanad Gajvi Premanand Gajvi (1947-present) is a Marathi playwright, writer and poet. He is well-known for his social commitment to effectively shape the disorganized truth of the society. His one-act play ‘Ghotbhar Paani’ has been translated into fourteen languages and another play ‘Kirwant’ has been translated into other Indian languages. His writings have been included in the school curriculum too. On account of World Marathi Theatre Day, The Drama School Mumbai’s Neelam Sakpal...


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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...


A Look Back: Conversations@theDSM with Shernaz Patel

Conversations@theDSM has brought theatre veterans and raw talent together to discuss myriad nuances of drama and theatre. Last week, actor Shernaz Patel came to DSM to speak on theatre and share her experiences. Shernaz was interviewed by Manjiri Pupala, a talented actress and an award-winning documentary film-maker. With a gathering of 50 people, Shernaz was able to mesmerise the audience by narrating tales from her early theatre days.


The Festive Spirit: An interview with Prasad Vanarase

Interviewed and written by Arwa Janjali   Vidyanidhee Vanarase (Prasad) has been a recognised name in the theatre circuit in Pune. After playing different roles such as a teacher, director, arts and cultural manager… he has an exciting addition to his theatre profile – Founder Director of the International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR). IAPAR is the first-of-its-kind initiative in Pune city to bring together theatre practitioners and arts educators from across...