The RAJA PARANJPE FES­TI­VAL was a plethora of melo­di­ous clas­si­cal mu­sic, rav­ish­ing dance per­for­mances and cinematic gems by the vet­eran

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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 1

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.”

DAY 2

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

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