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All Plays Folk Performances Gujarati


Director:  Pranjivanbhai Babubhai Paija
Group: Swami Vivekanand Bhavai Mandal, Gujarat
Language: Gujarati & Hindi
Duration:  1 hr 30 mins 


The Form

Bhavai is an old art of storytelling which has its roots in the 13th Century. Originally, this folk-dance was performed by male artists only, but now with the society becoming more progressive, women are the main participants of Bhavai. Banjara is a nomadic tribe, with origins in the Marwar region, now Rajasthan, India.


The Play

A Banjara family is travelling from village to village for trade. The children are thirsty after a long walk. Once they approach a village, Banjaran goes to a pond in the village to fill water for drinking. The village sarpanch refuses to allow her to take the water for free. Banjaran calls her husband Banjara, who convinces the Sarpanch that water cannot be sold. It is a gift given equally to all by nature. The Sarpanch finally agrees to him.


Director’s Note

The exchange of culture between people is inspiring and that is what we love doing through Bhavai.

Many years ago, when there was no television or radio, Bhavai was one of the mediums for the welfare and entertainment of the local people. Stories of great men, kings, and other aspects of history of our country could be conveyed in a language that everyone knows and understands. I remember my father and our ancestors as social reformers. Bhavai is an excellent medium, even today, to bring awareness of important issues to people.


The Director

Pranjivanbhai Babubhai Paija is the youngest son of Late Shri Babubhai Kanjibhai Vyas. Impressed by his father’s life, he believed that learning alone should not be the aim of one’s life but sharing of what is learnt is of vital importance, and is the only way to lead a satisfying life in the society. Since his childhood he has been actively and joyously participating in Bhavai since his father was a Bhavai artist and the family was regularly visited by many artists. He used to spend his holidays and free-time performing and learning music instruments. He is now adept at playing tabla and harmonium, and also performing certain roles in the performances.

Pranjivanbhai manages Swami Vivekanand Mandal where he co-ordinates, plans and organizes Bhavai performances. He also sings Bhajans in organized public events. He teaches music instruments to his young students along with guiding them on the same principles of life that his father taught him. He has performed in India and abroad including countries like USA, West-Indies and Suriname.


The Group

Swami Vivekanand Bhavai Mandal was been established in 1950’s by Babubhai Kanjibhai Vyas (sub-caste Paija). Babubhai, his fore-fathers and his entire family have contributed immensely towards the storytelling art of Saurashtra’s historical Bhavai and saved it from extinction. Bhavai was earlier famous only as a folkdance but later on songs, dialogues and acting were added to it. This has worked as a powerful tool to educate the masses on various social issues through the medium of sarcasm and humour.


Cast & Credits

Gangodani /Joker Pranjivanbhai Paija
Sutradhar Haribhai Paija
Ganapati Pravinbhai Bhadla
Banjaro Avinash Paija, Shivadhanbhai Oriya,
  Shantilal Oriya, Bhikhubhai Indrodiya
Banjaran Bharatbhai Agola, Kantilal Paija, Chandulal Mandali,
  Babulal Vyas, Mehul Oriya, Raviraj Paija,
  Kantilal Lalukiya, Sevanti Bhavaya
Gandhari Vrajlal Vyas
Backstage Artist Prakash Paija, Raviraj Paija
Tabla Vadak Vikram Paija
Harmonium Amrutlal Vithlapara
Manjira Vadak Pravinchandr Paija
Bhungal Vadak Balavantbhai Paija, Bhupatbhai Vithalapara
Tabla & Manjira Vadak Bharatbhai Paija
Coordinator                            Raviraj Pranjivanbhai Paija
Director                                  Pranjivanbhai Babubhai Paija


Pranjivanbhai Babubhai Paija

Swami Vivekanand Bhavai Mandal

Khakhrala, Distt. Morbi, Gujarat – 363641

Ph: +91 9913442450, 9979454193, 9979522097


All Plays Gujarati Indian Plays


Playwright: Dharmavir Bharati
Translation: Sukesh Panda
Director: Chavan Pramod R.
Group: Department of Dramatics,M.S. University, Vadodara
Language: Gujarati
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins


The Play

Prologue: The prevailing fight between power and survival in the world, the wrath of the blind age.

Act 1: Dhrutarashtra and Gandhari crying for their dying sons and eagerly waiting for Sanjay. The Vrudhha Yachak enters with his predictions.

Act 2: Ashwatthama transforms himself into a destructive being and tries to kill Sanjay and Vrudhha Yachak, Krutvarma and Krupacharya question Ashwatthama’s intentions.

Act 3: Yuyutsu enters Hastinapur after winning battle with Pandvas, and Gandhari dishonours him. Ashwatthama justifies his intentions, and Krutvarma and Krupacharya join his struggle.

Interlude: The Vruddha Yachak explains Andha Yug and the characters give a description of their world.

Act 4: Vidur and Sanjay narrate the details of Ashwatthama’s cruelty to Gandhari. Ashwatthama releases Brahmastra. Sanjay leads Gandhari to the corpse of Duryodhan. Gandhari blames Krishna and curses him.

Epilogue: Question – “How to save humanity?”


Director’s Note

This piece of work focuses solely on the thematic content of the play, rather than abiding by the conventional structure. It attempts to look beyond the barriers of time and space and emerges subtly and symbolically. The questions raised are regarding human tolerance and the atrocities of war, where women, children and youth are the major victims. “When will the world be peaceful?” is the quintessential quest. I have attempted to depict my perceptions about how various systems drive a region and its inhabitants into insoluble problems of restless society and political turmoil, where the sole sufferers are the common people.


The Director

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan National Award for Theatre Direction, Dr. Chavan Pramod R. is a disciple of Guru Kavalam N. Panikkar, under whose guidance he pursued training of Natyashastra and Sanskrit Theatre. He also underwent the basic training of Kutiyattam at Kalamandalam and worked in-depth on different forms of Kerala. Dr. Chavan Pramod has done Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors in Theatre with 4 gold medals from the Dramatics Department, M. S. University of Baroda. Some of the plays designed and directed by him are Andhayug, Uttararmcharitam, Venisamhara, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Waiting for Godot, Vikramorvashiyam’s fourth Act, Dak Ghar, Juloos, Hayavadan etc. His book Rang Saptak – An Anthology of Panikkar’s Plays Translated in Hindi has been published by Rajkamal Prakashan.


The Playwright

Dharmavir Bharati was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the chief editor of the popular magazine Dharmayug. Bharati was awarded the Padmashri for literature in 1972 and Sangeet Natak Akademy Award in playwriting in 1988. Prominent works by him include Gunahon ka Devta, Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda, Andha Yug etc.


The Group

Department of Dramatics, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda has nurtured a number of aspiring artists wanting to pursue theatre as profession. Along with the academic experience it also creates a platform for art events, festivals, workshops, seminars and research. It has started “Satur Theatre” to inculcate performance skills in the students and orient audiences for the Theatre Movement. It has been conducting the Manch Parva – National Theatre Festival since 2011.


Cast & Credits

Gandhari 1                                 

Mallika Lokhande

Gandhari 2                                 


Gandhari 3                                 


Gandhari 4                                       

Aasawari Padhye

Gandhari 5                                       

Saloni Soni




Ivan MD Khan


Akhil Nair


Hardik Soni



Western Dance                           

Prashanjit Dey


Mohammad Nawaz Khan


Dave Het

Prahari 2 /Fashion Show             


Vyasa /Chorus 1/Fashion Show           

Parth Nair

/Western Dance


Chorus 2/ Western Dance/


Fashion Show                              

Ankush Biniwale

Chorus 3                                              

Udaysinh R. Rajput


Shreyas Sathe

Music Composer


& Vocal                                       

Vipul Barot

Music Composer


& Instrument                               

Manish Barot

Music Arranger                             

Birju Kanthariya

Music Operator                            

Sanket Chouhan




Manish Rohit, Hind Bhatt


Gaurav Chaturvedi


Sudhir Kulkarni




Dharmvir Bharati



Performance Text, Design,


Direction & Choreographer      

Chavan Pramod R.


Dr.ChavanPramod R.

Director, Department of Dramatics

Faculty of Performing Arts

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Opp.Sursagar, Nyay-Mandir, Gujarat

Vadodara- 390001

M:+91 9898822624