Ashiyana Karnadak: A dramatic experience for housing societies

Arundhati Kamat, a resident of Balvantpuram Samrajya in Kothrud and a homemaker, is a two-time winner of the award for ‘Best Director’ at the competition.

Pune | Published: November 16, 2017 2:02 pm
ashiyana karnadak, one act drama, kothrud, pune, indian express Oranisers Rashmita Shahpurkar (centre) and Ramesh Patankar during a press conference on Wednesday. Express

Ashiyana Karnadak — a one-act play competition in which housing societies across the city put together a script and enact it — will be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud from January 17 to 21, 2018.

Arundhati Kamat, a resident of Balvantpuram Samrajya in Kothrud and a homemaker, is a two-time winner of the award for ‘Best Director’ at the competition. She said, “We look forward to this competition the entire year. It allows us to learn a lot about drama, beyond acting.”

This year, Amit Mankame, an interior designer, will make his debut in the competition. Mankame’s society, Spring Meadows in Ambegaon, has scripted a play on pollution and the difficulties faced by Earth, the role of which will be played by a girl. “I have performed in several plays in school and college. However, my professional life took precedence over my love for drama. This event is not just an opportunity to relive those days…it’s an exciting journey,” he said.

The annual event is organised by KalaKraft and presented by the Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd.

Speaking on the sidelines of a press conference on Wednesday, organisers Rasmita Shahpurkar and Ramesh Patankar said the event is organised to give amateur actors a platform to hone their skills.

Shahpurkar said, “Anyone can participate in this competition… age is no bar. Through this, we think we can bring a change in the way societies interact with each other.”

Patankar added, “While this is a fun and interactive activity, we are providing participants professional support in all stages of production — script writing, lighting, set designing, etc.”

Industry stalwarts, such as Atul Pethe, Ajay Purkar and Narendra Bhide, will conduct workshops in December to guide the participants through the production phase.

A panel, which is yet to be named, will serve as the jury for the competition. The top three societies will get cash prizes.

First organised in 2014, this is the third edition of the event. Late actor Tom Alter had attended the competition as the guest of honour in 2016.

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