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...


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...


The Difference in Between: Madhyantar, a DSM student showcase

DSM Batch 2018 -19 Mumbai present an evening of new theatreEvery year, students from the Post-Graduate Programme in Acting & Theatre-making at DSM, put together a student showcase. This is their first ever public performance and we call it Madhyantar.  A student showcase means the students write, direct, act in and stage-manage everything. They have help of course. This year, we had faculty member Kalliroi Tziafeta mentoring them for a week. DSM...


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,...


(A)cross All Boundaries

Written by Lavanya Narayanan Cross-dressing plays multiple roles in theatre all across the world The man, the woman, and the transgender: all portrayals of Maati, the titular character that takes center-stage in Drama School Mumbai’s Hindi adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma. Director Mahesh Dattani’s reinterpretation, however, is about more than just a woman looking for fulfilment through motherhood. Instead, Maati becomes a vehicle for exploring gender roles and bending them...


DSM Open Day Comes to Hyderabad in March 2018

Get a chance to experience world-class training and know more about the PG Diploma in Acting and Theatre making at Drama School Mumbai through the Open Day Series. This month, we hit the city of pearls and biryani – Hyderabad. This free acting workshop will be facilitated Puja Sarup.About the Instructor: Puja Sarup MA (Theatre Arts), University of Mumbai | Helikos International School for Theatre Creation, Italy Puja Sarup is a core team member and faculty of Improv and Devising at...


Atul Pethe with Kalyanee Mulay and Parna Pethe : Conversations@theDSM

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt For those familiar with the intersections of art and activism, Atul Pethe is a name to be lauded. For the past 35 years, he has been highlighting the stories from the fringes through his experimental plays, writings and documentaries. He combined forces with the Pune Nagar Mahapalika Kamgar Union to stage Satyashodhak, a play about the life of Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule. His Ringan...