Having performed their first full length play Avkaash recently,this group of young theatre buffs hope to evolve into a full fledged theatre group
A story of a teenager who loses his balance owing to social networking. An imaginary friend that the boy develops. And a psychologist who comes to his rescue. These are the elements of the play Avkaash that was recently staged in the city. The play,which has been written by 20-year-old Shriniwas Pathwardhan,was staged by him and his friends. Patwardhan and his friends,all of them in their late teens,have come together to form their own theatre group and follow their passion.
We haven’t yet named the group, admits Patwardhan sheepishly,adding,But the whole idea when we came together was that our thoughts gelled together and we complimented each other to form a solid team.
Patwardhan says that the total strength of the group is around 25 members. He mentions that they have staged their play three times over the last six months. Along with him Aditya Joshi,Anwita Mahajan and Soumitra Thorat form the core committee of the group. Joshi says that he came onboard by chance. I was introduced to Shrinivas’ work through my cousin. I had worked in theatre before and I found their work interesting. So I hopped on board, he says.
Through their year long journey the members unanimously add that it has helped them bond as team members very closely. Mahajan says that it was a character building exercise for her. I have learnt to listen and become more open minded. Both being crucial skills to survive in this world of theatre. She further mentions that under the glossy veneer of being in the show business there is a lot of hard work. It doesn’t work if you are an individualistic person, she says,adding,Unity and teamwork are important in ensuring that the plays are performed well.
Speaking more on the play Joshi says that the idea came when he actually saw how deeply social networking has entrenched into the lives of youngsters. The play also deals with his relation with his parents. It shows how certain incidents in his life prompt him to react and behave in a particular way, he adds. Joshi further mentions that the script is something that is the common denominator that helps the team to bind over the storyline. Everyone works on the script. Giving inputs and even working on the details like costume,make-up etc, he says.
The group is now focused on rehearsing for their next play and also on finalising a name for the group. The next play is currently in the initial stages and the rehearsals have taken top priority for us. We hope to release it by December this year, says Mahajan.