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National School of Drama, Aurangzeb, Manipur…

By Vijay Satokar
May 16, 2018
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 ‘Bahumukh’ auditorium of the national School of Drama (#NSD).

Many a big name in theatre and cinema would have presented their plays here before passing out from the prestigious school. Many would have won applause and appreciation, tips for some on how to improve. Sai Paranjpe, #Nasiruddin Shah..the list would be long.

It was one of such days in the life of Nasik’s Pooja Vedvikhyat. After three years of studies, the last examination- a play before a select audience- before should be awarded her dream diploma. Father, grand mother and great grand mother, fellow students, faculty and the director of the School himself in the audience.

Two girls, dressed in traditional Maharashtrian nine yard sarees appear on the stage and present in chaste manner ‘powada’, the martial song of the #Marathas. A Manipuri student playing in the vital role of Aurangzeb. Only two of the actors #Marathi.

Puja had made her mind that Hindi version of the acclaimed Marathi play ‘IIthe Oshalala Mrutyu’ would be her play. It was a challenge, first to translate the play to suit non-Marathi audience and then to find constumes, music and actors. She named the play ‘Raktabeej’. Dialogues, a mix of Hindi and Marathi. The first act ended with applause which only increased after the third and last act. Aurangzeb played by Manipuri boy Pansilemba Maitai won the hearts of the audience by his portrayal of the Mughal monarch feeling a sense of defeat of not being able to make Sambhaji, Shivaji’s son cry for mercy after worst of torture. Actors playing Sambhaji and his wife Yesubaui too won applause.

Congratulations Puja. Who said there is no future to theatre? Theatre has future and bright one.

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