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Friday, May 04, 2018

Raavan Ki Ramayan relaunched
Coconut Theatre, along with Delhi-based theatre group, The Films and Theatre Society, is all set to relaunch Raavan Ki Ramayan in Mumbai on May 5, after one-and-a-half years with an enhanced set, new costumes and dialogues. During this period, they have had successful runs of their plays Chakravyuh, Draupadi, Wo Lahore and others.

Atul Satya Koushik has written and directed the play. Among the celebrities he has cast in his earlier productions are Nitish Bharadwaj, Kiran Kumar, Kashmira Shah, Rakesh Bedi, Avtar Gill and Himani Shivpuri. In the current production, Puneet Issar, who played Duryodhana in B R Chopra’s Mahabharata, will essay the role of Raavana. Many Bollywood and TV celebrities will also join the show in the presence of Bollywood star Suniel Shetty, say the producers.

The production is a re-look at history from the point of view of those who lost and never got a chance to tell their side. A virtuous king of a prosperous kingdom is outraged at the ravaged modesty of his sister and sets out for a dignified revenge. But he falls for the defiance and audacity of an abducted woman and  throws his kingdom into a great war against the will of many ministers including his eldest son and his wise wife Mandodari. The war within him pits him against questions of his wife, sons, Gods and ancestors. The war outside ultimately becomes the eternal war of Sur and Asur with high stakes from history on both sides. Atul Satya Koushik, writer and director, says, “We had performed more than 50 times in different part of India...  I have always believed that history is written by those who won and survived. This is not an effort to glorify Raavan but to give him a chance to explain the reasons for doing what he did.”
When Saturday, May 5
Where Bal Gandharv Rang Mandir, Bandra West
Time 5 pm and 8pm
Contact 09643450905 or book online on

Drama School Mumbai's new student production, Maati, is directed by Mahesh Dattani and adapted from Federico Gracia Lorca’s original script by Neha Sharma.

Maati, who comes from a family of landless shepherds, is married to Jatinder, a farmer with fertile land. Maati’s desire is to beget a male child. She is happy for her friend, Sulakshana who is pregnant within five months of marriage. “When will it be my turn?” She seeks answers from a wise old woman, a frivolous girl, a tantric and finally the Goddess. Why does she feel fertile when she is with Vijender, a landless shepherd?  How important is marital fidelity to her? How far will she go to procure the seed that will give life to what is dormant inside of her?

When Friday, May 4, 6 p.m.
Where Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Charni Road.
Entry Free

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