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.

Michelle Marko - Stage Manager

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Michelle Marko is the Stage Manager for Not Equal To.

Michelle brings a wealth of experience to her first production with BAD Company. She has over two decades of experience with various theatre companies in the Bay Area, most recently at City Lights with such favorites as IdeationElephant ManAmadeusWise WomenDead Man Walking, and Compleate Female Stage Beauty. Other favorite productions she has worked on include Matthew Briar and the Age of Resurrection (Epic Immersive),  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Silicon Valley Shakespeare), Carmen (Opera San Jose), and On the Verge (Bus Barn Stage Co.). Michelle has an MBA from University of Phoenix, and a BA in Technical Theatre from U.C. Santa Barbara, and recently published her first book A Stage Manager's Survival Guide: From Callbacks to Closing. When not backstage, Michelle can be found in the online advertising world at Adobe. 

About working with BAD Company:

"I was drawn to BAD Company based on the serious and relevant issues they have addressed in their previous plays and the talented people, having worked with some of their actors on other productions. Since joining, I have been overwhelmed with the welcoming and caring nature of the company and the calibre of everyone involved and have had a fantastic time. It is amazing how much we laugh while working hard at rehearsals. I hope this is the first of many productions I'll be working on with BADCo!"

Pragya Tiwari, Our Poster Artist

Pragya Tiwari

Pragya Tiwari


We love posters. The process of designing them forces us to think about what is at the core of each play. Pragya Tiwari is the brilliant artist who captures the essence of our productions in her poster art and creates visually stunning pieces every time. She has designed most of our posters since we started our theatre company in 2014. Needless to say, we love her work.

And she loves us back. In her words -

When the opportunity to design for Bay Area Drama Company came up, I was thrilled. With their thought-provoking and entertaining theatre, they gave me a broad platform to experiment and create thoughtful work.
Collaborating with BAD Company has been immensely gratifying both personally and professionally. Creating the visual identity for their topical theatre has allowed me to push boundaries for visual communication on contemporary issues that I care deeply about. I hope that this collaboration continues to spark an honest dialogue that encourages you to immerse yourself in the wonderful theatre created by BAD Company.

Pragya's Posters, a retrospective of Pragya's work with us is now on our website.