Madhu Rye is a Gujarati playwright, novelist and story writer. Born to Vallabhdas Thaker a middle school teacher and...
Inspired by Language: A Playwright’s Journey
Madhu Rye in conversation with Vijay Kenkre
“Language as a human faculty has fascinated me and that fascination made me adapt Pygmalion, The Visit, The Sleuth and One who Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in Gujarati, because they all presented a delicious challenge of guzzling their linguistic alcohol though a Gujarati gullet...
Writing is as natural for me as a function of my body. My plays are not about anything, they are what a viewer will make of them. Like a peacock fanning its feathers or a bird making those sweet sounds, I believe, my writing is where I feel alive.”
~ Madhu Rye, playwright
Madhu Rye writes for the Gujarati mainstream or 'commercial' theatre, a space where commercial compulsions tend to keep content safe and status quo. Madhu bhai sees himself as a lover of language, not someone writing for a cause. Yet, as theatre director Vijay Kenkre states in no uncertain terms, his plays have consistently engaged with risky topics, rarely explored on the mainstream stage. Plays like Santu Rangilee, Kumarni Agashi, Koi Pan Ek Phool nu Naam Bolo, Pankor Nake Jaake, Sura Ane Shatrujit, explore all manner of relationships, communication and miscommunication, sexuality, and so on. And the Gujarati mainstream theatre audience has responded phenomenally, embracing his plays and asking for more.
We are delighted to invite Madhu Rye - Gujarati fiction playwright, novelist - to Mumbai Local. He will be in conversation with Vijay Kenkre - actor and theatre director - who knows his work intimately, and has staged his psychological thriller drama Koi Pan Ek Phool nu Naam Bolo in Marathi as Ha Shekhar Khosla Kon Ahe? Their conversation will revolve around Madhu Rye’s journey as a playwright, his continuing engagement with playwriting as a form in the US where he lives as well as here in India on his annual visits, his choice of content to write about, and his ongoing playing with the form of writing.
Join us on Saturday for a very special evening with a very special playwright. We encourage aspiring playwrights and curious audiences to attend, to hear about inspired playwriting from a master of the craft.
Session curated by Sanjna Kapoor
RSVP for this session opens on Monday, 30th December, 2019.
Madhu Rye is a Gujarati playwright, novelist and story writer. Born to Vallabhdas Thaker a middle school teacher and Vijiyaben, in Gujaratand educated at Calcutta, he started writing in the 1960s and became known for his stories and plays like Tell Me The Name of a Flower and Kumar's Terrece. He formally studied playwriting at the University of Hawaii, where he learned to use experimental forms and improvisations as writing aids, which later led to a movement against then rampant absurd theatre in Gujarati. He moved to the US in 1974 and has lived there since. His plays have been adapted into several languages and media. The most notable are a Hindi TV series, "Mr. Yogi", and a Hindi film, What's Your Rashee. Madhu Rye has brilliantly adapted Shaw, Durrenmatt and Anthony Schaffers into Gujarati
Vijay Kenkre, with his magnificent career that spans over three decades, 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.
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