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VASTRAHARA­N

India Today - - COVER STORY -

Al­most four decades af­ter it was first launched, the much ac­claimed play Vastrahara­n is back on stage with an all-new cast but with the nos­tal­gia that takes you back to the folk theatre of the Konkan belt. Set in Re­vandi, a sleepy coastal vil­lage in Ma­ha­rash­tra, the play is a hu­mourous take on the ef­forts of am­a­teur lo­cal ac­tors who at­tempt to stage the episode of Drau­padi’s dis­rob­ing from the Ma­hab­harat. Bub­bling with en­thu­si­asm but with lim­ited act­ing skills and a badly man­aged set-up, fairly typ­i­cal of am­a­teur ru­ral re­cre­ation, the ac­tors find them­selves in tricky and hi­lar­i­ous sit­u­a­tions. Scripted in a blend of Mal­wani and Marathi, the drama is a laugh riot with a colour­ful set that is rem­i­nis­cent of the hugely pop­u­lar theatre tra­di­tion of Konkan. The mu­si­cal play by veteran Mal­wani-Marathi ac­tor Mach­hin­dra Kam­bli com­pleted 5,000 episodes in 2009 and stopped soon af­ter his death in 2007. Now in its re­vamped avatar, the play has tal­ented ac­tors such as Digam­bar Naik, An­shu­man Vichare, Mangesh Kada and Re­sham Tip­nis in the lead. WEB book­myshow.com ON­GO­ING SHOWS

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