Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)’s annual Marathi theatre festival, the Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav, was launched in 2010, to reflect the vibrant tradition of theatre in Maharashtra, which is known for its thought-provoking themes that present the world around us in a new light. Plays, readings, talks and discussions by the most prominent names in contemporary Marathi theatre make up the three-day celebration.
Awishkar Theatre’s Aaydaan; Don’t Worry Be Happy, written by Mihir Rajda, and directed by Adwait Dadarkar; and Kali Billi Productions’ Sangeet Bari are among the many landmark productions that have been staged at the festival over the years.
The NCPA relaunched the Pratibimb Marathi Natya Utsav in May 2022, where plays including Adhyaat Me Sadhyaat Tu Madyaat Ma Kuni Nahi from the Maharashtra Cultural Centre and Mumbaiche Kawale from Awishkar were showcased. There were also dance showcases by Kali Billi Productions, a dramatic reading of Aparichit PuLa and a conversation between Satish Alekar, Kale and Vijay Kenkre.
The anticipated highlights at this year’s festival include a melange of plays, readings, campus tours, talks and discussions by Marathi theatre artistes and experts. The line-up will be a mix of popular as well as experimental plays from a variety of established and up-and-coming theatre groups. This edition also sees the premiere of the winner of Darpan, the new Marathi writing initiative launched by the NCPA.
The festival will be held between 05 and 07 May 2023 across several venues at the NCPA, including Godrej Dance Theatre, Experimental Theatre and Tata Theatre.
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry summer clothes to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
2. Sandals, flip flops, sneakers — wear comfortable shoes and ensure your feet are summer-ready too!
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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