Ghasiram Kotwal - A classic play presented in Summer Theatre Festival 2015 at National School of Drama, Delhi
After a long time, I visited National School of Drama. My cousin was visiting me and we didn't want to spend the day outside because of scorching sun. This time, I didn't watch any play during Summer Theatre Festival, so it was a good opportunity to visit NSD and watch 3:30pm show of Ghasiram Kotwal. Indu and Sumit were very excited to watch first theatre play. This PHOTO JOURNEY shares some photographs from this play, along with some information about the play, directors, writer, cast, music and lighting.
Ghashiram Kotwal is a Marathi play written by playwright Vijay Tendulkar in 1972 as a response to the rise of a local political party, Shiv Sena , in Maharashta. The play is a political satire, written as historical drama. Based on the life of Nana Phadnavis, one of the prominent ministers in the court of the Peshwa of Pune. Its theme is how men in power give rise to ideologies to serve their purposes, and later destroy them when they become useless. It was first performed on 16 December 1972, by the Progressive Drama Association in Pune . Jabbar Patel production of the play in 1973 is considered a classic in Modern Indian Theatre. You can know more about this classic Indian theatre play, check out - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghashiram_Kotwal
Director of the play, Mr Rajindra Nath has taught English Literature in Rajdhani College. As a policy, born out of conviction, has produced only Indian Plays. Important productions include plays by Vijay Tendulkar, C T Khanolkar, G P Deshpande, Debasis Majumdar, Manoj Mitra, Madhu Rye, Mohan Rakesh, Bhishma Sahani and Girish Karnad.
This play is written by Vijay Tendulkar who started his playwriting career in 1940, initially for college societies and later for the Mumbai group Rangayan. An important contemporary playwright, he has to his credit a large body of work including 40 plays. Amon his plays are - Shantata, Court Chalu ahe, which received Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay Award 1970, Ghasiram Kotwal and Maus Nawache bet. Vijay Tendulkar received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for playwriting in 1970 and Padam Bhushan in 1984.
Among his well known screenplays are Nishant, Manthan, Akrosh and Samna.
Shanawaz acted in the role of Ghasiram, Suresh Sharma enacted Nana's role. Ayaz Khan and Akhil Pratap were awesome sutradhar of the play. Sajida played Ganeshji, Titas Dutta played Saraswati and Lakshmiji by Reena Saini. Gulabi is played by Daksha Sharma.
Cast of Ghasiram Kotwal includes - Manish Kumar, Deep Kumar, Jaganath Seth, Saju Roy, Rajib Kalita, Mohan lal sagar, Raghvendra Pratap Singh, Ramakant Sakhram Bhalerao, Raunak Kha, Navneet Pandey, Raju Roy, Ipshita Singh, Shweat Mandar, Moti Lal Khare, Mohd. Burhan, Anamika, Sajida, Niyati Rathod, Titas Dutta, Sarika Prateek, Ankita Gosain ....
Play starts with Ganesh Vandana. After Ganesh vandana the sutradhar and the chorus dressed as Brahmins, sarcastically describe the highly degenerated and hypocritical conditions of the society during the rule of Peshwa chiefman Nana Phadnavis.
Next time, whenever NSD repertory plans this play, I would recommend you to watch this and enjoy !