Playwright: Paresh Vyas
Director: Kabir Thakore
Group: Indie Productions, Ahmedabad
Duration: 1 hr
Kaala Yane Andhera revolves around 3 different shades of life or people. Kelkar, a forgotten painter, known for his passion and artistic brilliance; and his two students, Raju who thinks nothing is bigger than money, and Krishnan who follows Kelkar’s footsteps and thinks artistically.
The play begins with Kelkar working in the dark corner of his house, secluded from the world; Raju winning national award for his painting; and Krishnan lost in the journey. An unexpected visit by Raju after 5 years unravels many secrets, some pleasant, some shocking.
Crippled in different ways, can expression find its voice? Can we break the chains that hold us back when it isn’t only an internal struggle but also an environmental hostility?
We as a theatre group strive to bring forth the contemporary issues of the society. The production Kaala Yane Andhera was an outburst, a reaction to the two-faced society which recognizes an artist only after death, a society which can never support an artist during his/her existence. It was also an outburst to the ongoing attacks on the artist community. The play conveys that freedom of expression can be turned into reality only when the society as a whole takes a stand against anti-social elements that create ruckus and make artists their soft targets for the sake of their power game.
Kabir Thakore is an architect by profession and a theatre person by passion. He has written and directed more than 15 plays and has worked in amateur theatre with students of various colleges for youth festivals, competitions and theatre festivals. He has won many awards & recognitions. Kabir is the co-founder of Indie Productions and the convener of Rangmandal, a 75 year-old theatre group of Ahmedabad. He has conducted theatre courses and workshops for various organisations. He is also the founder member of Samvedan Sanskrutik Manch (an NGO for development of oppressed with the help of theatre and cultural activity), and Filmograph (an NGO organizing events of meaningful cinema for youth). He has been awarded a scholarship by the central government under the National Talent Search Scholarship.
Paresh Vyas is an Ahmedabad based writer and media consultant. He has written a Gujarati film Passport in 2016 which was critically acclaimed. He has also written a dance-drama which was performed in Germany on the occasion of 100th birth anniversary of Herman Hesse. He won the best writer’s award at Transmedia, Mumbai for the play Ha Me Tane Chahi Che Jindagi.
Indie Productions is a theatre group based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat which collaborates with small theatre groups, actors, writers and directors and brings them together on one stage. The group consists primarily of part-time actors, who act for their passion or for the idea of delivering a message, and at the same time are experts in their own fields like architecture, designing, accounting, management etc. The team has staged many productions and has performed at renowned theatre festivals and platforms. The focus of all the productions is to highlight the contemporary issues in the society in a dramatic way and create awareness.
Cast & Credits
|Raju Shah||Vishal Shah|
|Vinay Subhash Kelkar||Shivam Parekh|
|K. K.||Kabir Thakore|
|Stri Prostitute||Pooja Purohit|
|P. A., Politician||Nilay Goradia, Tushar Sharma, Suraj Nayak, Jeet Patel|
|Student 1||Shruhad Goswami|
|Student 2||Radhika Buddhbhatti|
|Student 3||Aniket Parmar|
|Party Worker||Aditya Trivedi, Paresh Vyas|
|Stage Manager||Savan Zalariya|
|Music Assistant||Suraj Nayak|
|Light Assistant||Jeet Patel|
|Music Operator||Saurabh Joshi|
|Light Operator||Bhavya Doshi|
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