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Relevance of Sangeet Natak in today's era is a topic that might draw all sorts of opinions from the theatre fraternity.

The CD – Naman Natawara,traces the golden years of the Marathi theatre

Relevance of Sangeet Natak in today’s era is a topic that might draw all sorts of opinions from the theatre fraternity. But not many can deny the irreplaceability of Sangeet Nataks in the history of Marathi theatre,which,for decades,dominated the theatre scene in Maharashtra earning the period the status of – the golden era. Documentation of the transition of music in Marathi plays,is not only important from the point of view of keeping a record but to take notice of the glorious past that we have had. Naman Natawara,a CD that portrays the journey of Marathi Sangeet Nataks will be launched on February 6,at Garware College Auditorium.

Conceptualised and produced by Sarita Wakalkar and scripted and directed by Madhavi Vaidya,the CD,in two-and-a-half hours,takes notice of the important events in the history of Marathi Sangeet Nataks from Vishnudas Bhave to the most recent- Awagha Ranga Ek Jhala. “We started working on the concept in October 2008. My husband was a great fan of Natya Sangeet and I thought this would be the most appropriate tribute to him. Our contribution to the Sangeet Rangbhoomi,this CD with the help of clippings,narration and interviews is a documentation of the golden era,” says Wakalkar.

Naman Natawara includes interviews of connoisseurs in the field of theatre such as Chittaranjan Kolhatkar,Prabhakar Panshikar,Faiyyaj,Jaymala Shiledar,Ramdas Kamat and so on who have not only witnessed the era of Sangeet Nataks but also contributed in making them timeless classics. “One of the memorable clips is the interview of Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki,who in his own words unveils the journey of Sangeet Nataks,” smiles Wakalkar.

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While most of them prefer to treat Natyasangeet as a part of the history that was apt for the period it belonged to,not many feel that it can be a part of plays again. Wakalkar however adds,”Sangeet has been changing with times. Ragdari music,which was earlier,recited for hours changed to fit itself in the boundaries of time. If music in the old plays was slow that matched the demands then,today’s music can be an amalgamation of what people like today.” Seconding her opinion,Madhavi Vaidya adds,”Music is a performing art and changes according to demands of the listeners. Music in Sangeet Nataks as well can change as per needs.”

First published on: 04-02-2009 at 02:10:40 am
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