|THEATRE IN MAHARASHTRA:
theatre in Bengal and Maharashtra
is alive because of good writers,
innovative directors and an appreciative
audience, which is open to changes.
The craze for theatre and the
eagerness to experiment with its
content has remained untouched
in Maharashtra, while most other
regional theatres have either
died their respective deaths,
are sinking or are completely
dependent on adaptations and translations
from other languages.
is a tradition in Maharashtra
and neither the audience nor
the playwrights ever look at
it as just a medium of entertainment.
"Stage is a medium for
self expression" says Bhadkamkar.
'Theatrewallahs' (People connected
with theatre) cite this as a
reason behind more and more
Marathi youth taking to writing
plays. "The tradition of
theatre in Maharashtra is so
strong that even a mill worker
has a play in his mind,"
says noted Hindi theatre producer-director,
tradition is boosted every time
a workshop for playwrights is
organized. Hindi-Marathi writer-director
Satyadev Dubey, organized workshops
way back in 1972 and later in
1989. The former produced names
like Mahesh Elkunchwar, G.P
Deshpande, Achyut Vaze and the
latter brought to fore besides
others, the talents of Shafad
Khan, Chetan Datar, Rajeev Naik
and Prashant Dalvi.
Pune based Theatre Academy too
organises workshops for playwrights.
Objective indicators of the
success of these workshops are
the entries to the annual Maharashtra
State Drama Competition. It
gets around 450 entries each
year from 38 centres all over
the state of which at least
100 scripts are original, and
by young playwrights.
the contributions by the young
are flowing in and themes are
being experimented with. And
all the activity has support.