Zee Theatre is a special offering from the stable of the leading global content company ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. After successfully completing Season 1 of touring created and curated content, ZEE Theatre continues its journey to revive the purest form of entertainment - Theatre, by partnering with Makarand Deshpande's Ansh Darshak Utsav '17.
Ansh Darshak Utsav kicked off its celebrations on the 25th of July with some of the bigger names from the theatre and film industry attending the opening ceremony. The evening saw the likes of Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, Irrfan Khan, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Bharat Dabholkar, Nadira Babbar, followed by the first play for the festival 'Patni' - A musical featuring Makarand Deshpande and Niladri Kumar. Mr. Makarand Deshpande who is spearheading the Ansh Theatre Group said, “Darshak hai toh natak hai. Ansh's journey of original full-length plays and short plays could happen only because of the audience who have been supporting, encouraging and valuing us from the last 22 years. The idea was to dedicate theatre medium to the audience.”
Mr. Sunil Buch, CEO, ZEE LIVE & ZEE Talent stated, “In our quest to revive the purest form of entertainment, it is vital for us to partner with the right people & intellectual properties. Ansh Darshak Utsav' 17 is one such example of a property which is conceptualised by Makarand Deshpande bringing stalwarts like Pandit Ajay Pohankar and Niladri Kumar under one roof to showcase their work. We're extremely excited to take this association forward, as we continue our journey of entertaining the world.”
Ansh Theatre Group, has an interesting line up scheduled over the 6 days - from plays, to the confluence and free masterclasses. The list of plays include - 'Patni' starring Makarand Deshpande & Niladri Kumar, 'Shakespeare Cha Mahatra' - A totally new exciting take on King Lear by Shakespeare, 'Miss Beautiful' - A beautiful perspective on looking at death as a beautiful event, 'Joke' - “Natak Serious hai par naam joke hai, yeh natak mera tumhara sabka, Maano toh…Na Maano toh, Joke.”, 'Karodo Mein Ek' - A billionaire family stays together in crisis, but, when the family head loses his mind the drama of life is unprecedented, 'Thumri Gazal Kavita' - The Confluence starring Pandit Ajay Pohankar, Bhijeet Pohankar and Makarand Deshpande, 'Sir Sir Sarla' - a revival after 15 years on public demand, starring - Makarand Deshpande, Sanjay Dadich and Aahana Kumra. With Masterclasses being hosted by - Suarabh Shukla, Ratna Pathak Shah, Sonali Kulkarni and others.
The Ansh Darshak Utsav runs from the 25th of July to the 30th of July at Prithvi Theatre Juhu. Masterclasses will be held from 11am - 1pm and Plays will commence from 6pm onwards.
Report By: Jai Dev Gupta
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