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https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Raashi-Man-Mask.jpg Glimpses of magic theatre is capable of in Raashi Man

The nip in the air for a change was low and expectations were relatively high on the ground open to the sky at the young theatre writer-director Chintan Pandya’s residence for ‘a unique experience’ in the ‘environmental theatre’ format he had promised in Raashi Man at its sixth show last Sunday. All formal and informal seats, around three score, were occupied. Lights were dim. Careful occasional movement didn’t break the silence. Prayers being offered unseen were softly done. A hush had descended when a savage of a man – his long hair dishevelled, chest stained red and voice hoarse – enters from the dark, making way from the audience. That was the first of the numerous short scenes of the play Raashi Man, written and directed by Chintan. Celebrated Japanese director Akira Kurosava’s film classic Rashomon (1950) was based on Ryunosuke Akutagawas short stories. Chintan as well wrote this play set in an Uttarakhand jungle based on these stories. The secret of a flavour of authenticity in its language, a couple of dialects it employs, is that he got the script checked and where necessary revised by native speakers of them. Raashi Man is a murder mystery with a little…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Nayana-Soparkar-of-Mantra-Art-Gallery-2.jpg When 275 People are Handed 275 Cricket Bats, See How Art Happens

Home-makers, jail inmates, children, celebrities and artists create art on miniature cricket bats. Visit this one-of-a-kind exhibition ‘Chhota Bat Badda Score’ by Mantra Art Gallery. Nayana Soparkar, Curator of the show “You may love cricket, or hate it, but you can’t run away from it,” said curator Nayana Soparkar of Mantra Art Gallery, who distributed 275 bats amongst…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/loving-vincent.jpg ‘Loving Vincent’ Review: A Breath-Taking Tribute to Van Gogh

In the world’ s first fully oil-painted feature film, the artist’s paintings come to life with dream-like surrealism. Multitudes had been eagerly awaiting the screening of Loving Vincent at Mumbai Film Festival 2017 and greeted it with the most thunderous applause I’ve heard so far. The film is a spellbinding homage; of a kind that…

  • https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Love-Ni-Bhavai..jpg ‘Love ni Bhavai’ speaks the language of the contemporary youth

    This new Gujarati film, Akshar’s Love ni Bhavai directed by Saandeep Patel merits special attention. The subject of love has been of interest to all, anytime. It was to Shakespeare, it was to Kanaiyalal Munshi, it is still to modern poets and fiction writers. The film deals with it in the idiom the young generation of today speaks and understands – and in the ambience they are fond of. The young heroine of the film, Antara, is a Radio Jockey whose chirps become soothing words of counsel to teenagers as well as the elderly. To a girl nearly her age, going steady, currently unhappy, Antara chirps: The exit of someone you break up with makes way for someone else to enter. Tu nahi, aur sahi … used to be an exceptional…

  • https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Meri-Favorite-Shirt-3.jpg Amateurs essay a complex theme of love

      That Gujarati-speaking amateurs get together for a difficult experimental theatre production in Hindi even while the mainstream Gujarati theatre, touch wood, has been of late shaping pretty well, is a sign of courage and a labour of love. Meri Favourite Shirt, which is a dramatization of actor-writer Manav Kaul’s short story, is contemporary in…




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https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/01-.jpg His Pictures Tell Your Story : a Heart to Heart talk with photographer Vivek Desai

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https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/IMG_2008.jpg 37th Saptak Annual Music Festival peaks during the weekend!

Day 7 ends with audience saying ‘Wah Ustad’ The seventh day of the music festival featured three concerts namely a violin recital by Vidushi Kala Ramanathan, Gundecha brothers presented drupad music and a Santoor recital by Shri. Rahul Sharma accompanied by…

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It was July. This time, the monsoon was heavy and the moisture-laden air had dampened everything. But for the streak of yellow light originating from the street lamp, the room was dark.   He got up again with his toe…

https://creativeyatra.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/astoma-sadgamaya2.jpg પ્રાર્થના / prayer (અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લઈ જા)

Prayer by Nahnalal અસત્યો માંહેથી પ્રભુ! પરમ સત્યે તું લ‍ઈ જા, ઊંડા અંધારેથી, પ્રભુ! પરમ તેજે તું લઈ જા; મહામૃત્યુમાંથી, અમૃત સમીપે નાથ લ‍ઈ જા. તું-હીણો હું છું તો, તુજ દરસનાં દાન દ‍ઈ જા. પિતા! પેલો આઘે, જગત વીંટાતો સાગર…