“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...


Performance@theDSM: Dozakh (A Marathi Play)

Dozakh: A still from the play  l Sourced from the internet Dozakh, a Marathi play directed by Abhijeet Zunjarrao talks about one of the most sensitive issues in the Indian political scenario. The play sheds light on how religious extremists use religion as an excuse to harm other human beings, especially women. It takes the audience on a journey of self-exploration where caste, religion, human rights, equality and crime are the central subjects. The narrative of the play, revolving around two...


Performance@theDSM: Karl Marx in Kalbadevi

Creative sourced from the internet We at the DSM intend to close the year with one of the most iconic and revolutionary men in history revisiting his chronicles. Revolutionary socialist, philosopher, economist and journalist, Karl Marx, comes to the DSM after a short halt in Kalbadevi. Yes, you heard it right! How and why has he come to Mumbai? What does he have to say? All questions will be answered by the man himself! Catch Karl Marx in Kalbadevi on 23rd December, 7pm at the DSM.About...


Protests Through Theatre: Conversations@theDSM with Rasika Agashe

Rasika Agashe  l  Source: Facebook Since graduating as an actor from the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, Rasika’s ambition has only been to consistently better herself. She firmly believes that art can speak volumes if the subject interests public and thus, she went on to give birth to Being Association, a theatre group which mainly does protest theatre. Interviewing her at DSM on the Saturday of 11th November was her long-time colleague Dr. Sumedh. He is a doctor who specialises in...


Conversations@theDSM: Irawati Karnik and Manaswini LR

In December, Conversations@theDSM will bring together two thespians and young theatre artists, Irawati Karnik and Manaswini LR. Both of them will be speaking with each other and the audience, so for this episode of conversation, get ready to expect twice the stories, insights, and experiences. About Irawati Karnik Irawati Karnik Irawati Karnik is a young theatre artist who has worked as an actor, director and playwright. Her first brush with professional theatre occurred when accomplished...


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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...


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.