Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Upcoming Workshop: Register NOW!!!

Chinmay Shukla is trained at the Doncaster College (UK) in Music Production and at Georgia Southern University (USA) in Music Composition. He holds sound knowledge on Indian Carnatic Music and Western Classical Music and has composed music for various television programmes and albums. He is currently working on an album with Hariharan, Shivamani and Lalitya Munshaw.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

DakhlaTarike goes to Natarani - 4th performance.

Dakha Tarike will be staged at Natarani as an extension to "The Sunday to Sunday Festival".

Date:  19 October 2012 (Friday)
Time:  8:30 pm
Entry: Tickets at Rs. 100/- available from the venue (Please call: 079 - 2755 6669 / 2756 0971
             Free for Natarani Members

Friday, 31 August 2012

"Jaagine Joun To - Rangabhoomi Jhage!" by S. D. Desai

Maaro Piyo Gayo Rangoon vibrations had not yet subsided when Fanatika’s Jaagine Joun To caught the imagination of its viewers and they gave it a spontaneous standing ovation – a rare gesture to a mere vachikam. Add to this, glimpses of the verve of yore coming back to plays by Chorus, Gujarati theatre seems set to rise again with vigour – a development that invigorates theatre-lovers like this writer.

As for the intrinsic worth of the play on Narasimh Mehta in elegant Jhulana, playwright Sitanshu Yashashchandra with his characteristic modesty gave credit to the poet’s verbal power and his indomitable revolting spirit. He termed his intervention minimalist. This minimalist approach in fact comes across to the audience exhilaratingly!

Ante to hemanu-n hema hoye! With the paarasmani touch of poetry, its rhythm and resonance, the aadi kavi embraces Krishna, the all-pervading divinity. So does the contemporary poet. Of imagination and creativity are both compact! At one end of the spectrum we have an artless description of creepers and flowers and humming bhramaras. At this end we have a disarming contemporary touch in taahara baapanu-n shun-y jaaya? besides the basic interpretation of the unassuming poet and his great work.

For theatre, the most heartening mentionable is the appreciation of these subtly beautiful aspects and their audible, visual (read joyously pleasing) and soulful transfer to theatre that has the audience humming, clapping and being palpably responsive in silence. The director has the run-on lines dramatically divided and distributed for the daring and dedicated dozen players now to sing, now to interject as in real life, now to render them with fine modulation - getting gestures, facial expression, and sparingly the harmonium in support.

Let us look forward to a full stage version of the verse play with a little more attention to verbal and rhythmic precision and innovative resourceful action. Challenging but not impossible. If they could scale this height, why not a notch higher?

S. D. Desai
Ahmedabad, 30 August 2012

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

वाचिकम - "જાગીને જોઊં તો.."

Playwright: Sitanshu Yashaschandra
Director: Nisarg Trivedi

Tuesday, 28 August 2012     I     7:00 pm     I     Gujarati Sahitya Parishad

Language: Gujarati

This is a play that presents a new Narasimh Maheta, as also the timeless one, the “Adi Kavi’. Written by Sitanshu Yashaschandra, this verse play is a tribute that modernity pays to its origins. Presented in two acts, the play enquires into the poems and the personality of a great poet, rebel and lover.

The Lover Narsimh: To love God has never been easy. The play brings out ecstasy and agony of it all. Narasimh’s superb and eternal pada-poems of love blend gently with Sitanshu’s affectionate and ironic narrative, written throughout in Jhulanaa Chhand (a meter dear to Narasimh), and variations in its panch-kala maatra. Young actors, trained in classical and sugam Indian music sing it all live on the stage.

The Rebel Narsimh: To rebel against a rigid culture is equally hard. Narsimh lived his life dangerously, taking on hostile forces of family, society, religion, economy and the State. Through creative hermeneutics, the playwright interprets each ‘Kasoti’/test in the poet’s life: hundi, haar, maameru and so on.

The Poet Narasimh: Matchless in Gujarat, amongst the immortals in India, an equal to any in World literature. The play presents the intense beauty of his poems, its texts and contexts, sung and enacted alive on the stage. 
A brilliant Modern poet-playwright pays warm tribute and salutes the Greatest of Gujarati Poets and laments his absence amongst us today. Don’t miss.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Check out the dates of Dakhla Tarike's next performance.

Fanatika Theatre Club's most recent and very well-received play Dakhla Tarike (Gujarati, દાખલા તરીકે) goes to Rangmandal Theatre Festival on 29 July 2012.

Dakhla Tarike's calendar:

29 July: Ahmedabad
Rangmandal Theatre Festival

11 July: Town Hall, Gandhinagar 
Organised by Sangeet Natak Akademi, Gujarat Government

10 June: Gujarati Sahitya Parishad, Ahmedabad
Première mondiale (World premiere)

More shows lined up in Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.

For organising a show, please write to fanatikatheatreclub@yahoo.com
or call (+91)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

वाचिकम - Vachikam

Fanatika Theatre Club with the support of the TransIndus Foundation introduces a new monthly programme: Vachikam. Every fourth or last Tuesday of the month will have a theatrical reading session from 7:00 pm onwards at the Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.

“God of Carnage”, originally Le Dieu du Carnage (French) by Yasmina Reza. Before the play begins, two 11-year-old children, Benjamin and Henry (Ferdinand Reille and Bruno Houllié (in the original French version), get involved in argument because Henry refuses to let Benjamin join his 'gang'. Benjamin knocks out two of Henry's teeth with a stick. That night, the parents of both children meet to discuss the matter. Benjamin's father, Alan (Alain in French), is a lawyer who is never off his mobile phone. His mother, Annette is in "wealth management" (her husband's wealth, to be precise), and consistently wears good shoes. Henry's father, Michael (Michel in French), is a self-made wholesaler with an unwell mother. Michael's wife, Veronica (Véronique in French), is writing a book about Darfur. As the evening goes on, the meeting degenerates into the four getting into irrational arguments, and their discussion falls into the loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia. One of the central dramatic moments of the play occurs when Annette vomits onstage, all over the coffee table and books.

31 July 2012, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, Gujarati Sahitya Parishad

Friday, 22 June 2012

Fanatika's most recent production: દાખલા તરીકે (Dakhla Tarike)

Dakhla Tarike's first performance on 10 June 2012 at Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
About the play:
Dakhala Tarike is the images, impressions and opinions of the youth today on the theatre in Gujarat at present. A young theatre artist (writer, actor, director) with considerable experience and having worked on national and international projects decides to settle in his home town Ahmedabad to then devote his golden years to the Gujarati theatre scene. His exploration of the current commercial practice and what the audience is accustomed to leads him to start his own workshop. Full of passion, frustration and on continual debate with himself, he discovers the habits and exposure of the youth and tries to break their fantasy of becoming a star in an overnight's time through theatre only to encounter later some problems with his actors, writer and producer who are used to practising conventional slapsticks.

The play is about 1 hour 20 minutes. It is contemporary in its language - Gujarati the way we speak now and contemporary in its treatment: breaking from the unity of time and space, no formal set, minimal properties. A new experiment, with a new subject.

About the team:
This production is created for the participants of our regular workshop on theatre. Except 3 professional actors who are part of our previous batches and are now developing their careers in theatre, TV and films, the rest of the cast is getting their first break as part of their continuous training on stage.
Music is live with only a few extracts recorded, completely original.

Lights are also done by Fanatika workshop participant who is now a student at FTII Pune.
Writer, director: Chintan Pandya

Raunaq Kamdar
Netri Trivedi
Hemang Dave
Mruga Thakkar
Maulin Pandya
Aishwarya Patel
Jaimin Dave
Nirja Parmar
Bharat Molker
Kamayani Vyas
Lights: Pratik Rathod
Music: Margey Raval
PLEASE CONTACT fanatikatheatreclub@yahoo.com TO ORGANISE SHOW OF Dakhla Tarike. 

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

7th International Workshop with Chloé Varailhon



Chloé Varailhon (France)

"...otherwise falling under the cliché of the theatre of activism or of awareness, the genre of street theatre in India is going far from it origins of public performances, both artistically innovative and entertaining!" This workshop is to bring back the spirit of the street theatre which has a different story to tell...!

29 February - 2 March : 7:00pm - 9:00pm : Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
3 and 4 March : Full Day : Different public places of Ahmedabad
4 March evening: Performances at different public places of Ahmedabad