‘Upashya’, a Marathi one-act play based on ‘A Hunger Artist’, a short story by German writer Franz Kafka, produced by Pune-based theatre group Rangdrishti, has gained an entry into the Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2016. Organised by National School of Drama (NSD), the festival will be held in February next year in the Capital.
Niranjan Pedanekar, writer and director of the play, said, “We had sent the entry for the festival in August though we did not expect the play to get selected for it.
Talking about the play, Pedanekar said that ‘Upashya’ puts the audience on display with its whims and fancies.
“The play also touches upon how the changing times, for example, the circus metaphor for social media, affect artists and audiences,” adds the director.
The play had opened in the year 2014 at Sudarshan Rangmanch, Pune and so far has had five shows in the city.
For the upcoming show, Pedanekar shares, he is planning to make a few changes to the original version.
“We had showcased the play to some theatre veterans and have got valuable feedback. Although there will be a few changes, the soul of the play will remain intact,” he says.
A part-time theatre artist, Pedanekar works as a Principal Scientist at the Tata Research Development and Design Centre.
He has written 14 plays in Marathi which include adaptations of works by eminent authors like Franz Kafka, Anton Chekhov, Jose Saramago and Ryunosuke Akutagawa into plays and has won awards at the Inter Corporate Theatre festivals in Pune.
Rangdrishti, the theatre group, was founded by Sanjay More Thakur, an alumnus of FTII.
The members of the group include theatre and film professionals, amateur theatre artists as well as students.
Some of its theatre productions are Deewar mein ek khidki rahti thi (based on the novel by Vinod Kumar Shukla and directed by Mohan Maharishi of NSD), Machine (based on Franz Kafka stories) and Paij (based on an Anton Chekhov story).