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https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Sir-Sir-Sarala-1.jpg An alluring blend of love and poetry in Sir Sir Sarla

Four young actors – amateur till now, threatening (read poised) to burst into the mainstream of theatre – nearly fully identify with their characters and the situation they are in. The idea of poetry and the fancy it evokes have teenage Sarala’s (Bhamini Oza) feet off the earth. Poetry becomes the medium for her of love, a feeling inescapable at that mugdha state of age. Even her rhythmic blabber like chhap chhap chhapake chhap becomes a flitting lyrical mix of poetry and love. When a girl of airy presence at her age and temperament is around, three intriguing and dramatic responses seem possible in Sir Sir Sarla, Saurabh Shah’s two-act Gujarati adaptation of Makrand Deshpande’s deftly written Hindi play with the same title. Makrand, not necessarily proficient in Gujarati, has had under his direction all the players put their heart and soul into the simple expressive lines on the mystically tender expression of a uniquely human sentiment. Cast in such an inspired, close-to-life mould is the character of Phanidhar (Shivam Parekh). His name seems to connote an aggressive and venomous character. For all outward appearance and observations, he makes he is also likely to be perceived funny. He represents the…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Zaverchand-Meghani.jpg Meghani Sarvaani gives a taste of the poet’s life and work

Venturing to capture the range and depth of poet Zaverchand Meghani’s stature in a two-hour performance is like trying to hold a roaring ocean in your hand. All you get to do is to have a palmful of water which can give you a taste of the ocean. Meghani’s sensibility ranges from a black female…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Hunting-4.jpg Hunting the Sun gives a rare taste of political theatre

It is heartening to see in recent weeks young amateur performers taking theatre seriously, not as a medium of light entertainment. Hunting the Sun in English at Scrapyard at its second show last Sunday kept the viewers, both young and elderly, intellectually engaged for two hours without an interval. Its director Yash Vyas is just 20+…

  • https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Darpana-Academy-Mother-River-e1537780906226.jpg Mother River carries on a legacy and heralds a fresh vision

    How do you commemorate an existence that had something of the Being she had kinship with? For those who knew her and grew up breathing the breath of her breath Mrinalini Sarabhai, who straddled a century as a legendary Bharatanatyam dancer and a beacon of love, is an idea that melted into the air. She is like a distant empathetic strain from the violin (Symphony) that rose and spread from under the tree that keeps growing along with a creeper as part of even the completely renovated amphi-theatre Natarani of Darpana Academy, now equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Queen Natarani strode in with elegance and grace last Friday to the exhilaration of art lovers who had waited for three and a half years. Yadavan Chandran is known for his eye and ear…




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https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Untitled-1-Copy.jpg This library in Ahmedabad is 159 years old

Creative Yatra explores a little known library right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Bhadra Plaza, called ‘Himabhai Institute’.   Lal Darwaja, the biggest hub for hawkers and patrons, where people flock as if everything is been sold…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/02.jpg Fernandes Bridge – the most unique book market in Ahmedabad!

The street Fernandes Bridge connects readers with writers, students with publishers and curious beings with the age-old answers they’re looking for. The Chopda Bazaar of Fernandes Bridge is one of the oldest Book Markets in Ahmedabad that serves thousands of people…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/library.skecth-001-e1460358412631.jpg Discover one of the oldest libraries of Ahmedabad

The oldest library of Ahmedabad, Hazrat Pir Mohammad Shah Library, is blessed with quietness of the mosque that surrounds it. Ahmedabad has internationally carved its identity on the globe through the numerous mosques dotted across the city. The air confined…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Yamini-Mehta.jpg Collecting Art is a Passion of the Heart: Yamini Mehta on Sotheby’s Indian Foray

The Sotheby’s Institute of Art recently launched its inaugural programme in Mumbai through a three-day educational course this September. With October 18 marking the beginning of a vibrant week that will see the celebration of Indian art in London, Yamini…