The RAJA PARANJPE FESTIVAL was a plethora of melodious classical music, ravishing dance performances and cinematic gems by the veteran
The RAJA PARANJPE FESTIVAL, which concluded recently, was a plethora of melodious classical music, ravishing dance performances and cinematic gems of the veteran himself. Citadel brings to you the day-wise break-up of this grand fiesta....
An enthralling trip down nostalgia lane was relived at the annual Raja Paranjpe Festival by all connoisseurs of Marathi cinema and drama. The 8th edition of t he fest, organised by the Raja Paranjpe Pratishthan, was as captivating as it was memorable. An exquisite assortment of timeless movies and alluring plays, the festival was a treat for Puneites, especially for the elderly, who grew up watching Raja Paranjpe. The audience was transported back to their times, and their enthusiasm and wilfulness t o attend as many screenings and programmes as they could, were contagious. Archana Rane, trustee of Raja Paranjpe Pratishthan and granddaughter of the master filmmaker said, “We are overwhelmed by the audience’s response. There are many aficionados, who first attend the movie screenings at NFAI and then come all the way to Bharat Natya Mandir in the evening for the plays since the last eight years. We are thankful to them for their love and support.” We give you a look at the goings-on at the week-long event…
Day One of the Mohotsav started off with Nrutyaman, a series of enchanting dance performances by dancers of the renowned Manisha Nrutyalaya. Durgastavan, a stellar performance, filled with Raudra Rasa was followed by the evergreen Tritaal. The Ginati was a brilliant execution by Tejaswini Sathe, daughter-in-law of Manisha Sathe, who sang and danced to the tune of numbers! The Confluence, ie, Kathak on beats light, soulful music, played to the tunes of drums, gave a slight twist to the traditional dance style and yet proved to be the most talked about performance of the evening! Chief Guest of the ceremony, Dr Mohan Agashe conferred t he Raja Paranjpe Sanman to renowned filmmaker Ashutosh Gowarikar, vocalist Mahesh Kale, actor Jitendra Joshi and actress Medha Manjrekar. Next, Sudhir Gadgil, the popular anchor, made these wizards open up about the various facets of their lives in an invigorating and humorous manner. Also, producer Mahesh Manjrekar was spotted at the event. Addressing t he audience at t he festival, Agashe expressed, “The way Raja Paranjpe used to conduct himself, in his movies, was so natural, that it directly touches your soul. Raja Paranjpe, Ah! The name’s enough!” Commenting on the prowess of Raja Paranjape, Govarikar said, “This is a huge day for me and I am very grateful to the Pratishthan for this honour. Raja Paranjpe was a person who could strike the balance between the commercial value and the content of his films. I hope this trust will continue spreading his legacy for years to come.”
The second day of the fest commenced with the screening of eternal classics, Lakhachi Goshta (1952) and Baykocha Bhau (1962) that received huge number of viewers at NFAI. While the first movie showcased Paranjpe’s merits as
A star-studded evening
Mukta Tilak sharing her experiences of Raja Paranjpe films