Vijay Kenkre and Pradeep Mulye

Vijay Kenkre, with his magnificent career that spans over three decades, Vijay Kenkre is amongst the most reputed and...

The Stage is Set: On direction and set design in...

The Stage is Set: On direction and set design in Theatre

What is the role of the set in theatre? How do the director and the set designer work together to create a play? Can a set design be so critical as to give direction to a play?

In the city of Mumbai, commercial Marathi theatre works in 4-hour slots - that's 4 hours to set up your play, perform it, and take it down before it moves to the next venue. Yes, they even perform at multiple venues in a day - so sets have to be built in such a way that it fits perfectly into the bus that transports it. In such a scenario, set design is often functional, relegated to box sets giving a basic environment to the play.

We are delighted to invite the duo of Vijay Kenkre - actor and director - and Pradeep Mulye - designer - to Mumbai Local for a conversation about directing, set design and theatre. Vijay and Pradeep began there working relationship way back in 1979, as actors. Since then. Pradeep is Vijay's go-to set designer when he directs a play, for, according to Vijay, 'Pradeep makes sets which direct the play.'

Look forward to a wonderful evening of jugalbaandi between a director and a set designer, who have over years brought their creative energies together to make some of the most amazing sets in the trying circumstances of Marathi commercial theatre. Through delightful anecdotes and fascinating visuals, they will share their creative process and expression with us - we can expect to enjoy the particular genius of Pradeep Mulye through the eyes of his director-friend Vijay Kenkre.

See you on Sun 10th September, 5 pm at Bhau Daji Lad Museum. And a gentle reminder - to please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested - the more people who join us the merrier!

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

Vijay Kenkre, with his magnificent career that spans over three decades, Vijay Kenkre is amongst the most reputed and acclaimed actors and directors in Marathi theatre. All his work is a reflection of his unique creative vision and has received many awards and laurels through the years. His most critically-acclaimed plays include Charshe Koti Visarbhole, his adaptation of Othello, Sangeet Purnavatar, Mitra, Nakatalt Sare Ghadle, Sundar Mee Honar and Sneha Mandir.

Vijay Kenkre is actively involved in grooming new talent by using his expertise for various theatre training activities. He often directs plays for not just the professional Marathi theatre circuit, but for the amateurs as well. He is also an honorary faculty member for the Academy of Theatre Arts in Mumbai University and a visiting faculty member in the University of Pune.

Pradeep Mulye, d
esigned a light and Sound show called 'Discovery of India' for New India Assurance Ltd. in 1984. Art-Direction & Costume Designed for a TV serial 'tree Jatak' (Marathi) in 1992 and 'LifeLin' Hindi for U.T.V. Both directed by Pratima Kulkarni in 1995. Directed and Art-directed the TV Serial based on dance drama 'Durga Zali Gauri' in 1988.

Directed and Art-directes 'Shitu', a full-length Tele Film in Konkani, based on a wellknown Marathi novel by Go. Ni. Dandekar in 1994. Designed and Directed a highly acclaimed & spectacular children's Dance-Drama 'Raja Sinh' based on 'Lion King'. Designed and Directed 'Indu Kale va Sarala Bhole', an theatrical presentation of a milestone Marathi novel by the same name by Waman Malhar Joshi. It was produced by 'Awishkar' in 2003. Designed and Directed a dramatised version of 'Sare Prawasi Ghadiche' an adaption by Shafaat Khan of a Marathi novel by Jaywant Dalvi. It was produced by 'Suyog' in 2009. Designed & Directed a Marathi play 'Dry Day' by Shafaat Khan, produced by 'Aawishkar' in 2013. Designed & Directed a Marathi play 'Maoo' by Santosh Gujar, produced by 'Aawishkar' in 2017.

Pradeep has been interviewed extensively by print and electronic media, hi-lighted by an interview in Rang-Antarang a Theatre Development Project, NCPA and Sea-Gull Theatre Quarterly. A part of curation and editorial team for 'Rangnayak', a book on the life and works of Arwind Deshpande. And 'Ten Aani Amhi' a collection of articles by various theatre personalities, on the works of Vijay Tendulkar.

He has also been working on Marathi Stage, both experimental and professional, in various capacities such as Production, Direction, Acting, Set Designing, Stage Lighting and Costumes Designing etc. During which, he was fortunate enough to train under and work with stalwarts such as Guru Parvatikumar, Damu Kenkre, Vijay Tendulkar, Arwind Deshpande, Pt. Satyadeva Dubey etc.

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