Mahesh Dattani

Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, stage director, screen writer and filmmaker. His published works include FINAL SOLUTIONS AND OTHER...

From Life to Page to Stage to Life

Theatre has a wonderful way of telling stories, doesn't it? The performance, the lights, the costumes, the sets - they all spark our imaginations and transport us into different worlds. But, as you know, so much goes into creating the story that is eventually performed. There are so many aspects to it.

How does a book come alive for the stage? How do you perform a story from one culture in the context of another? How is language used? And most importantly, how are these stories inspired by life?

Come, share in an evening of stories with Mahesh Dattani - playwright and director - at Mumbai Local. Mahesh truly enjoys exploring possibilities across genres and adapting them for the stage.

His latest ventures have been adapting Vikram Sampath's My name is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician into the play Gauhar, and directing Tagore's Chokher Bali into a play to be performed by the students of Columbia University NYC. Working on these two plays has been new and exciting for Mahesh. He will share with us how he approached them creatively, exploring and playing with history, languages, cultures and contexts. The point was to keep the essence of the text, and yet make it relatable to current times. Mahesh will discuss all the challenges, breakthroughs and magic he encountered on these journeys. And how exhilarating it is to use life as an inspiration while retelling stories on stage.

Join us in this enthralling Mumbai Local of storytelling. Maybe you'll make some of your own!

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@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Mahesh Dattani is a playwright, stage director, screen writer and filmmaker. His published works include FINAL SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PLAYS, TARA, a COLLECTED WORKS edition in two volumes published by Penguin India, BRIEF CANDLE AND OTHER PLAYS and most recently ME AND MY PLAYS.

In 1998 Mahesh Dattani won the prestigious central Sahitya Akademi award for his book FINAL SOLUTIONS AND OTHER PLAYS,the highest award for a literary work in the country. Mahesh is the first playwright writing in English to receive this award.

Today his plays are produced in all the major cities of India. His works have been produced in cities outside the country as well including London, Leicester, New York, Washington DC, Sydney, Colombo, Toronto and Dubai. Some of his plays have been translated and performed in Hindi, Gujarati, German, Japanese and Kannada. Most notably, his play Dance Like a Man received 450 performances and continues to tour. His plays are on the syllabus of several Indian and foreign universities and schools.

Mahesh's film film Mango Souffle (as writer-director) was shown in several international film festivals all over the world and was adjudged best motion picture at the Barcelona Film Festival 2003. His film Morning Raga (writer and director) had its international premier at the Cairo Film Festival in December and he won the award for best artistic contribution. The script has been archived by The Academy of Motion Pictures, USA.

His work in Mumbai includes directing exclusively for Ashvin Gidwani Production, most notably Mad about Money, Double Deal and a very successful stage adaptation of Paolo Coelho's The Alchemist. The Big Fat City and Where Did I Leave My Purdah are his most recent work.

Venues Dates Time
12-100 yrs
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