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Playwright: Mahesh Elkunchwar
Director: Venkatesh S. Naik
Group: Kala Academy Goa’s School of Drama, Panaji
Language: Marathi
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins


The Play

The second part in the trilogy by eminent playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar, Magna Talyakathee is a strongly written family drama having its roots in the first part, Wada Chirebandi. Set in rural vidharbha, the play talks about relationships, aspirations, joys, sorrows, anger, insecurities and many other human emotions. While a few things improve, others disintegrate irrevocably. References to caste (other than prejudices between the two Brahmin sub-castes), a grain crisis and urbanization are in a passing and at best part of a dejected rant by the hapless protagonists.


Director’s Note

This play is about the traditional Indian joint-family functioning, and the changes that occur due to modernization, and the adjustment and overcoming from the life challenges. The three generations of Dharangaonker Deshpande and the struggle of each family member is being shown very effectively through this play. In order to give a practical experience to the students of four fold Abhinaya i.e. Angik, Vachik, Satvik and Aaharya, this script was selected as a classroom production. From direction point of view it was also an attempt to make the students learn about clarity in speech, thought, movement on stage, gestures, meaningful pauses, meaning between the lines and other aspects of theatre. The story summarises many social issues and conflicts. Doing this play was a very enriching experience indeed.


The Director

Venkatesh S. Naik is a performer, director and designer who has been practicing theatre since 1985. He is a commerce graduate and a Theatre Art Faculty diploma holder from Kala Academy Goa. He has done Masters in Performing Arts (Dramatics) in 2016 and has worked under eminent play directors like Vasant Josalkar, Kamlakar Sontakke and many others. He has toured to Dublin, Ireland for the performance of Rabindranath Tagore’s plays Post office and Red Oleander. As a director he has many more plays to his credit. Presently he is working as Director, School of Drama and Chief of Repertory Company (Rangmell), Kala Academy Goa.


The Playwright

Mahesh Elkunchwar, born on 9th October 1939, is a well-known Marathi playwright. He was born in Parwa Vidharbh, Maharashtra. He taught English literature in a Nagpur college until his retirement as the head of the department in 1999. He was a guest professor of Screen Play-writing at FTI, Pune in 2000-2001, and a visiting professor at NSD, New Delhi. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi and Nandikar award in 1989, Maharashtra Gaurav 1990, Sahitya Akademi award for his Trilogy Yugant, and Kalidas Samman 2014-15 and many others.


The Group

Kala Academy Goa established its School of Drama, formerly named Theatre Art Faculty, in 1987. The school conducts a three-year full-time course with specialization in Acting and Production from 2nd year onwards. Kala Academy is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River and the sprawling campus has three auditoriums. The School of Drama has access to these auditoriums thereby giving the students the benefits to perform in different auditoriums in the course of their training. Students are encouraged to design/direct short plays apart from the regular productions. Eminent theatre personalities from all over India impart training at the School as visiting faculty.


Cast and Credits

Bhaskar Sai Kalangutkar
Vahini Padma Bhat
Sudhir Aniket Nangre
Anjali Varsha Ashwekar
Parag Rushikesh Sawant
Abhay Runal Kolkankar
Aai Samiksha Sawant
Chandu Vedang Gaude
Nandini Aakanksha Deshpande
Ranju Pritanka Mandrekar
Prabha Jyotsna Gauli
Set Sandeep Kalangutkar
Set Assistant Eknath Mahale
Light Nilesh Mahale
Light Assistant Rajratna Kaushalyan
Music Sachin Chowghule
Music Assistant Siddesh Parab
Costume Amol Prabhugaonker
Make-up Narottam Chari
Stage property Sairaj Naik
Stage Manager Rushikesh Sawant
Assistant Director Keshavrao Rane
Playwright                              Mahesh Elkunchwar
Director                                  Venkatesh S. Naik



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