After a small break in September, Conversations@theDSM is back in October!
This month we have veteran theatre actor and co-founder of RAGE Productions, Shernaz Patel, who will be interviewed. Shernaz has an immense experience in acting, not only in theatre, but also in films and TV. A multi-talented thespian, Shernaz was born and brought up in a theatre family as her parents, Ruby and Burjor Patel, have been two of the most prominent figures in Gujarati theatre.
Shernaz Patel will be taking us through her life, her idea of theatre, RAGE, and also give an insight about how growing up in a theatre family helped her as a person and a thespian.
About Shernaz Patel
Shernaz Patel made her debut on stage with The Diary Of Anne Frank in 1984. Shernaz has, since, worked in theatre, films, and TV, accumulating an experience in acting which stretches over three decades. What makes her experience even richer is the fact that she was born to Gujarati theatre greats Ruby and Burjor Patel. She also co-founded RAGE theatre group in Mumbai with Rahul Da Cunha and Rajit Kapur in 1993.
Shernaz is an alumnus of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she has also given voice to the character of Yashoda in the TV series Little Krishna and been a part of films like Black and Guzaarish.
About Manjiri Pupala
Manjiri Pupala is a theatre, film and TV actor. In the five years since she made her debut on stage, Manjiri has grown exponentially in both skill and body of work. Having started off in Marathi theatre, she has worked in both Hindi and English theatre as well. Apart from theatre, she has to her credit three TV series, multiple ad films, and a feature film. Manjiri has also directed award-winning documentaries, she also works as a facilitator for the subject speech and drama for Theatre Professionals’ ‘Drama in School programme’.
Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.
The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.
Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.
Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.
Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of Theatre Across.
Date: 14th October 2017
Time: 5 pm
Venue: The Drama School Mumbai, 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.