Arpana was established in 1985 and very quickly developed a reputation for presenting original Indian plays in innovative and...

Through The Looking Glass at Arthshila, Patna

As part of our program Through The Looking Glass, we are delighted to be bringing Arpana's Stories in a Song to the students of Arthshila, Patna, on Sunday 23 June, 2019.

Through The Looking Glass is a powerful engagement with the arts as an anchor for thinking about each other, our collective worlds and ourselves. These engagements will enable nuanced and complex conversations around issues that students will deal with in the world at large. In the process, they will be learning to appreciate multiple perspectives and approaches, practicing close listening, grasping the powerful role played by context, history and culture, and building a habit of thoughtful communication.


Synopsis of the Play : Stories in a Song

Accounts of music making in India, and stories of the struggles and hardships faced by musicians both real and imaginary, lay the foundation for a collage of dramatized episodes that blend theatre, music and literature. Several forms of theatre in India make abundant use of music, but Stories in a Song takes the help of theatre to tell stories of musical forms such as kajri, thumri-dadra, khayal, remixes and more.


Cast & Credits :

Directed by Sunil Shanbag

Conceived by Shubha Mudgal

Research by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan

Music selected and composed by Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan

Performers: Shubrajyoti Barat, Ketaki Thatte, Namit Das, Santosh Tiwari, Mansi Multani, Makarand Deshpande, Shailesh Hejmadi, Gagan Riar, Saurabh Nayyar,  Avantika Ganguly, Meher Mistry, Trisha Kale, Ajitesh Gupta, Maruf Ali

Writers: Aslam Pervez, Ashok Mishra, Vikram Phukan, Anil Deshmukh, Purva Naresh Translations: Anil Deshmukh

Choreography: Purva Naresh  

Musicians:  Vinod Padge (harmonium), Sada Mulik (dholak, pakhawaj), Jayesh Dhargalkar (tabla)

Vocal Support: Trisha Kale, Ajitesh Gupta 

Set Design: Vivek Jadhav

Costume Design: Kalyani Kulkarni

Lights design: Sunil Shanbag, Hidayat Sami

Production support: Shailesh Hejmadi

Arpana was established in 1985 and very quickly developed a reputation for presenting original Indian plays in innovative and compelling ways. We have performed plays written both by contemporary masters and  younger writers. Our production of Vijay Tendulkar's Mat Yaad Dila, directed by Akash Khurana, and Cyclewalla, directed by Sunil Shanbag were critically acclaimed, so also Ooljulool by Adyarangacharya, directed by Utkarsh Majumdar and Chandrashekhar Phansalkar's Tax Free, directed by Vinod Ranganath.

Our production of COTTON 56, POLYESTER 84, written by Ramu Ramanathan, has played at every important theatre venue, and festival across the country. This was followed by Mastana Rampuri Chappan Churri, a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's Three Penny Opera by Chetan Datar, and, S*X, M*RALITY AND CENS*RSHIP, a bold, provocative exploration of censorship by the state and society, developed by Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik. Sachin Kundalkar’s DREAMS OF TALEEM is a powerful exploration of the idea of being “different” which incorporates Chetan Datar’s moving play, No. 1 Madhavbaug. WALKING TO THE SUN, by Vivek Narayan, was commissioned by the Tagore Utsav theatre festival 2010, and premiered in Kolkata at the Academy of Fine Arts in August 2010. In 2012 Arpana presented Maro Piyu Gayo Rangoon, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Alls Well That Ends Well in Gujarati for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London at their prestigious Globe to Globe Festival 2012. STORIES IN A SONG was created in collaboration with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan for the annual BAAJAA GAAJAA music festival held in Pune in 2011. Arpana’s more recent productions include DEEWAR, a re-imagining of Prithviraj Kapoor’s iconic play from 1945, and LORETTA, inspired by the Goan form of theatre, tiatr, looking at the idea of identity in today’s times.

Venues Dates Time
18-100 yrs
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