Mumbai: The second edition of NCPA Pratibimb-Marathi Natya Utsav 2011 beginning August 3 will showcase five contemporary plays along with `chauraha` discussions and a photography exhibition on the golden age of Marathi theatre.
This year`s edition of the eight-day festival has an entertaining and enriching mix of plays for Marathi theatre aficionados.
The staging of plays and discussions will be held from August 5 to 9, while the photography exhibition will be from August 3 to 10 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Well-known theatre and film personality Amol Palekar is this year`s `face` of the festival. All the performances will be followed by `chauraha` discussions with the directors and cast of the play.
In addition, a photography exhibition spanning the birth of Marathi theatre in the late 19th century to its progress against the socio-political background of the 1960s, will be held between August 2 and 10 in the Piramal Gallery, NCPA.
At NCPA Pratibimb this year, the NCPA recognises a trend in Marathi theatre - that of grand revivals of old hits, and includes three popular plays that made dazzling comebacks, without losing any of their relevance or entertainment value.
Outstanding plays like `Jaswandi`, a Maharashtra Rangabhoomi presentation, written and directed by Sai Paranjpye, `Moruchi Mavshi` by Kirti and Asmi Productions and `Lovebirds` by Amruta and Saisakshi productions will enthrall the audience.
The experimental side of the Marathi theatre will be seen through two offbeat plays in terms of in expression and stagecraft - `Gajab Kahani` by Aasakta Kalamanch and `Mister Behram` by Kalakendra.
"NCPA has assembled a contemporary array of Marathi theatre today. Old stories have been given a new form by newcomers and new writers are bringing their fresh vision on stage. It enables the audience to catch a glimpse of the best of contemporary Marathi plays and much more, all under one roof," Khushroo N Suntook, Chairman, NCPA, said.
Deepa Gahlot, Head - Programming (Theatre & Film), NCPA, said, "The plays this year represent the best of Marathi theatre over the years as well as the adventurous spirit of today`s young groups."
In the third edition of NCPA Pratibimb, the organisation plans to take it to the next level with the NCPA Pratibimb Package where NCPA will stage commissioned plays that will travel across the state under their banner.