Thane Art Guild (TAG) is going to launch Natyagandh – an initiative to stage good and experimental plays for theatre lovers. Actors Atul Kulkarni and Makrand Anaspure will open the program on November 9 at the mini-theatre of Kashinath Ghanekar Auditorium in Thane. Lezim Khelnari Pora, a play written by Sanjay Krishnaji Patil, will be staged on the occasion to mark the beginning of Natyagandh.
Content-rich and good experimental plays are usually staged at the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA) and Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, but theatre-lovers, especially from suburban areas, fail to catch such events for various reasons. Keeping this in mind, the TAG has decided to stage landmark plays, in Marathi and other languages also, under this new initiative called Natyagandh.
The November 9 program will be attended by veteran theatre artists like Ravi Patwardhan, Liladhar Kambli and Murlidhar Gole; while it will be anchored by Sampada Joglekar Kulkarni.
Lezim Khelnari Pora is a unique theatre presentation based on collection of poetries by Sanjay Krishnaji Patil, who has scripted films like Pangira, Jogwa and 72 Miles Ek Pravas. The play has been directed by Abhijit Jhunjharrao. Neha Ashtaputre, Durgesh Budhkar, Rahul Shirsat, Ketan Phad, Roshan More, Sonali Magar, Jayesh Kalse, Shreyas Meshram and others have acted in the play.
The second play under Natyagandh will be Grip Theatres’ Du and Me, which will be staged on December 21.