Theatre Workshop with the Legendary Mahesh Elkunchwar

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Bay Area Drama Company is thrilled to present a 2-day workshop with a theatre luminary – Mahesh Elkunchwar. One of the most influential playwrights in Indian theatre today, Elkunchwar's plays in Marathi have been translated and performed in multiple Indian languages as well as in English, French and German. Among the numerous awards to his name are the Sahitya Akademi Award for Marathi in 2002 and the Sangeet Naatak Akademi Ratna Sadasya, which was conferred upon him in 2013. Many of his plays have been made into films – Holi was directed by Ketan Mehta, Party by Govind Nihalani and Sonata by Aparna Sen.

Elkunchwar's plays are contemporary, with urban settings. Sahitya Akademi Award winner and playwright Mahesh Dattani emphasizes that Elkunchwar is important for various reasons but primarily because “...he captures a society in transition. Like Chekhov, he too is fascinated by rural/feudal values and urban aspirations.”

This workshop is designed for actors, directors and playwrights, with some emphasis on playwriting. Elkunchwar will bring the wealth of his theatre insight and vast experience to open a window for us into the highest level of this art form that we love. A rare opportunity to learn from a grandmaster of theatre!

Live Mint article and Wikipedia entry on Mahesh Elkunchwar.

Space is very limited and the workshop will sell out – please book early!

The workshop will be in English and will be conducted in 3 sessions over 2 days. Lunch will be provided to participants betweens Sessions 2 & 3. The registration fee for the workshop is not refundable.

Session 1 – 10 am to 1 pm, Saturday, August 25th

Session 2 – 10 am to 1 pm, Sunday, August 26th

Session 3- 2 pm to 5 pm, Sunday, August 26th