SONATA Cast Photos

Photos from our cast photo shoot. PC: Ashima Yadava Photography

Basab Pradhan as NATH

 Basab Pradhan as NATH. PC: Swagato Basumallick

Basab Pradhan as NATH. PC: Swagato Basumallick

Change and progress in society cannot be brought about by words alone. We must take action.
— Nath Devlalikar

Idealist Politician. An oxymoron, if there ever was one. An unstable equilibrium. Like a funnel standing on its narrow end. The gentlest of nudges and it falls down. But against the odds, Nath Devlalikar, the character I play, is very much an idealist politician.

Nath is a politician, albeit not a very successful one. His Socialist Party has no chance of ever coming to power in Maharashtra. But Nath is undoubtedly an idealist. Uncompromising on the democratic principles and Gandhian credo that he lives by. Until, of course, he does compromise, for the sake of his daughter. Which is the heart of the play.

An idealist politician. They don’t make them like that anymore. Perhaps that is why Tendulkar set the play in the early 70’s (even though he wrote it in 1983) and made Nath a former freedom fighter. When our freedoms are taken for granted, politics becomes less about ideals and more about gaining and holding on to power.

- Basab Pradhan

Kanyadaan is playing at Sunnyvale Theatre from April 13 to 28.

Kanyadaan Cast Photo Shoot

Swagato Basumallick's clicks from our Cast Photo Shoot.

Kartic Bhargav as JAYAPRAKASH

 Kartic Bhargav as JAYAPRAKASH. Photo credit: Swagato Basumallick

Kartic Bhargav as JAYAPRAKASH. Photo credit: Swagato Basumallick

"Given half a chance, the oppressed become the oppressors, the murdered become the murderers. There is no guarantee that experience leads to goodness in man. In fact he can become an even greater devil."

– Jayaprakash in Kanyadaan

There is no manual on how to live a good life.

Jayaprakash is the son of Nath Devalalikar, a freedom fighter and political leader. He has been brought up with the ideals of a principled Gandhian. These ideals are stretched to a breaking point when Jayaprakash’s sister Jyoti’s life is thrown in turmoil.

Kanyadaan, by Vijay Tendulkar, is a powerful story of how idealism often disintegrates when it comes into contact with reality. The play is directed by Sindu Singh. You won’t want to miss it!

The multi-talented Shekhar Hemnani

The uber-talented Shekhar Hemnani has been associated with our theatre company ever since we started out in 2014.

Shekhar has been the creative genius behind the promo films for almost all our plays. He has this uncanny ability of taking a brief narration of the plot and central theme of an upcoming production – and then, just like that, coming up with a brilliant idea about how to best capture the essence in a short promo video. And off we go from there! Shekhar manages the creative process from the concept, to the shoot, to editing, to the final product that emerges, which always manages to leave us in awe.

A collection of the promos Shekhar has filmed for us is featured on our YouTube channel here. If you've been a regular patron, it is a nice trip down memory lane. If not, you'll get a feel for the kind of theatre we do through Shekhar's lens.

Shekhar is also a writer. A poet. And a music lover. For our adaptation of Ibsen's  A Doll's House,  he penned the beautiful lyrics to Koi Nazm Nahin, which was set to mesmerizing music by the Aalap Desai and sung by our own Sindu Singh. You can listen to the song here. He talks about Koi Nazm Nahin in the video embedded below.

Shekhar is the founder of Mausaki, a musical organization that counts Sufi, Hindustani and Western Classical, Jazz, Rock and Hip hop among its influences. Mausaki regularly organizes fantastic collaborations of music and poetry in the Bay Area showcasing local and international talent. He and his wife Rubina also run Arthrang, a lifestyle apparel brand. All this, with a day job at Oracle as Principal Product Manager and a one-year-old at home. Phew! Like we said, he is one multi-talented guy.

We are deeply grateful to Shekhar for all the amazing work he has done for us and look forward to a continued fruitful artistic partnership in the years to come.

NOT EQUAL TO – Photos From the Shows

Such a fantastic run! We enjoyed performing Not Equal To for you. Here are some photos from the performances. Thanks to Swagato Basumallick and Nakul Nagaraj for these clicks.