FEBRUARY 2019.

ARCADIA…THE PROMISED LAND WED 6, 8 PM

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      Multilingual   Poetry Performance     

     Written   and Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     

       Arcadia…the promised land is a poetic piece of 70 minutes,   covering poetries on various aspects of ageing. The piece is an amalgamation   of different kinds of poetries associated with gerontology and death,   organically created by a team of artists, who have been able to translate   their lived experiences into a poetic form. The piece is performed with   stillness intermingling with live music. The play will be performed at National Gallery of Modern Art, Fort as   a part of "Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2019."    

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*FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION IT IS THERE THU 7 / 6:30 PM

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        French   Play Reading in Translation    

      Written by Nathalie Sarraute Reading Directed by Omkar Bhatkar   and Harsh Shah    

       The play starts off displaying a man who is   tortoured with an 'idea' that exists in the head of the collaborator. Through   the course of the play we see the man wanting to change this idea to suit his   own but is unavailable to do so. There are 4 characters in the play, the man   who wants to change this idea, a woman who is seen as a 'carrier' of this   idea and two other men who are in agreement with the man. The play ends with   the man directly addressing the audience with the torment of not being able   to change this idea and the conflict he faces due to the concequences of the   same.
In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay.   This Reading will be held at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate    

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"MISTER JEEJEEBHOY AND THE BIRDS " SAT9 / 11 AM

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          Play   Performance in English     

     Story by   Anitha Balachandran Directed by Shaili Sathyu

       Two siblings, one very strange Aunt, and a flock   of escaped birds... Magic and mayhem comes in unexpected shapes and sizes to   one small corner of a very big city.
    Each part of this spectacular story by Anitha Balachandran will delight and   amaze children. Together with the delightfully quirky text, this unique story   brings to life the wonders of our city and the world seen through the eyes of   these two - rather special - young children.
    Mister Jeejeebhoy    
 

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"GENDERED CULTURES IN CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE: RESPONDING TO THE #METOO MOVMENT THU 14/ 7 PM

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     Panel   Discussuion     

     With   Beej Production     

       A Panel Discussion with performers, academics and   activists. Moderated by sociologist Gita Chadha the panelists will discuss   the culture of misogyny and exploitation in classical indian dance. This will   also be a launch of the beej garage: conversations around dance practice,   process and culture.    

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FAIZ AHMED FAIZ FRI 15 / 6:30 PM

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     Reading   in Hindusthani     

     by   Katha Kathan     

       A collection of short stories by Faze Ahmed Faze   would be read out by Katha Kathan Troupe in Hindustani     

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CHIDIYA, UDD! SAT 16/ 11 AM

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     Non-Verbal   Play Performance     

     Directed   by Shaili Sathyu    

       A visitor sits on the window sill every day. It is a little bird, in search of all the   little things it needs. Curiosity brings the bird and a little child together   and a new friendship begins. The two friends discover many things around   them. We see glimpses of the time they spend together. Through the play we   share their joys and discoveries.
    The play is inspired by baby poems and food rhymes from different Indian   languages.     

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FRENCH LOVE POETRY IN MOTION SAT 16

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     Physical   Theatre Performance in English     

     Designed   & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     

  The   performance is a visual exploration of French Poems on Love ranging from 15th   century to 21st century. Poems are expressed by the means of body and it   includes poetries of Pierre de   Ronsard, Gérard de Nerval , Alfred de Mussetm Théophile Gautier , Stéphane   Mallarmé, Guillaume Apollinaire , Jules Supervielle, Saint-John Perse &   Paul Éluard. In collaboration with Consulat Général de   France à Bombay, Play Performance at St. Xavier's College     

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PARDE ME REHNE SUN 17 / 7:30 PM

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     Play   Performance in Hindi     

     by   Progressive Theatre Group    

       Parde Mein Renhe Do... is a musical tale of a   Gypsy Tribal Troupe, who made their living as singers and dancers. During the   end of the British regime, everything came to a standstill and the gypsy   troupe were jobless which lead them to extreme poverty. Then one day a   British Officer Simon Smith offered to help them lead a stable life, by   offering them permanent homes and a theatre to perform as well. But on the   condition that Tara, whom he fancies, should perform a play, for the farewell   function, of the British Officers.    

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FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION VOICES IN THE DARK SAT 23/ 7:30 PM

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     Play   Performance in English    

     Written   by Matéi Visniec Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

       These texts are like the fragments of a broken   mirror. At one time, the object existed in perfect condition. It reflected   the sky, the world, and the human soul. And there was - no one knows when or   why - the explosion. The remaining pieces are undoubtedly part of the   original substance. And it is within this adherence to the original substance   that their unity resides, their perfume, their atmospheric identity. In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay.    

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SACRED VOICES FROM THE WEST SUN 24 / 7:30 PM

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     Physical   Theatre Performance in English     

     Designed   & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     

       SACRED VOICES FROM THE WEST Is a devised theatre   piece of handpicked poems about the divine reflections of Saints, martyrs and   modern poets. The play is an attempt to create profound and playful   renditions of Western spiritual poems and paintings of artists like   Caravaggio, Rubens, anf Michelangelo through this theatrical piece for the   modern audience.    

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FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION / "IT IS THERE " WED 27 / 6:30 PM

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     Performance   in Translation    

      Written by Nathalie Sarraute Directed by Omkar Bhatkar and   Harsh Shah     

       The play starts off displaying a man who is   tortoured with an 'idea' that exists in the head of the collaborater. Through   the course of the play we see the man wanting to change this idea to suit his   own but is unavailable to do so. There are 4 characters in the play, the man   who wants to change this idea, a woman who is seen as a 'carrier' of this   idea and two other men who are in agreement with the man. The play ends with   the man directly addressing the audience with the torment of not being able   to change this idea and the conflict he faces due to the concequences of the   same.
 In collaboration   with Alliance Française de Bombay.    

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PAST EVENTS

RHINOCEROS

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 Play   Performance in English-Hindi    

    Written   by Eugène Ionesco Directed   by Gagan Dev Riar    

      Rhinoceros demonstrates the playwright’s anxiety   about the spread of inhuman totalitarian tendencies in society. Inspired by   Ionesco’s personal experiences with fascism during World War II, this   absurdist drama depicts the struggle of one man to maintain his identity and   integrity alone in a world when everyone else around him is turning into a   Rhinoceros    .

*FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION SCORCHED,

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   A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon   on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted   from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving   tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred,   never-ending wars and enduring love.This Reading will be held at Theosophy   Hall, Churchgate     

A FISTFUL OF RUPEES

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Play   Performance in English    

   Written   and Directed by Shiv Tandan    

     It's a logistically simple play. 4 actors playing   27 characters, no set except for four identical black cubes, and no props.   The four actors create the world of the play using their bodies and voices.   

KABIR FESTIVAL

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 Workshop     

    by   Padmashri Prahlad Singh Tipaniya    

      A   workshop on understanding and singing Kabir with the eminent singer of Kabir   from the Malwi oral tradition. This Workshop is part of the KABIR FESTIVAL.       

BULL- BY MIKE BARTLETT

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   Play   Performance in English     

    by Here   And Now Arts    

      Three youngish business people Tony, Isobel, and Thomas are   waiting to hear which of them will lose his or her job. As they await the   arrival of their boss, Carter, to deliver the verdict, the three of them   debate each other's chances of survival. For alpha male Tony and calculating   Isobel, it's clear that Thomas is getting the chop. And in the struggle for   survival, no blow is      too low.    

MANTO KI BAMBAI

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  Reading   in Hindustani    

    by Katha   Kathan    

      Katha Kathan team remembers Manto on his 64th   death anniversary, and attempts to bring alive Manto's beloved Bombay, in the   myraiad of colors that he saw it. "Manto ki Bambai" is a specially   curated set of Manto's rarely heard stories, unabridged and in exactly the   way the writer has written.     

TOBA TEK SINGH

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Play   Performance in Hindi     

    Written   by Saadat Hasan Manto Directed by   Mohit Sharma    

      Based on Sadat Hasan Manto's famous short-story   set in the backdrop of India’s partition.      India & Pakistan decide to exchange their mental asylum inmates on   religious basis. As this      news breaks inside a Lahore asylum, what follows is funny and absurd. The   inmates ask all the right and relevant questions, but they are ‘certified’   mad by the majority. One among them Bishen Singh is seeking the ‘current’   whereabouts of his homeland, Toba Tek Singh. But nobody knows; not even the   God. On the day of exchange he refuses to budge, till he gets a clear answer.   What follows leaves both the countries stunned!    

A FISTFUL OF RUPEES SUN 20,

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 Play   Performance in English    

    Written   and Directed by Shiv Tandan    

      It's a logistically simple play. 4 actors playing   27 characters, no set except for four identical black cubes, and no props.   The four actors create the world of the play using their bodies and voices.    

*FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION SCORCHED

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 French   Play Reading in Translation    

    Written   by Wajdi Mouawad Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     

      A mother's last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon   on a journey to the Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted   from Wajdi Mouawad's acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving   tale of two young adults' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred,   never-ending wars and enduring love.This Reading will be   held at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate    

SACRED VOICES FROM THE WEST

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Physical   Play Performance in   English     

    Designed   and Directed by Omkar Bhatkar     

      SACRED VOICES FROM THE WEST Is a devised theatre   piece of handpicked poems about the divine reflections of Saints, martyrs and   modern poets. The play is an attempt to create profound and playful   renditions of Western spiritual poems and paintings of artists like   Caravaggio, Rubens, anf Michelangelo through this theatrical piece for the   modern audience.    

FRENCH PLAYS IN TRANSLATION DECOMPOSED THEATRE

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     Play   Performance in English    

     Written   by Matéi Visniec Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

       These texts are like the fragments of a broken   mirror. At one time, the object existed in perfect condition. It reflected   the sky, the world, and the human soul. And there was - no one knows when or   why - the explosion. The remaining pieces are undoubtedly part of the   original substance. And it is within this adherence to the original substance   that their unity resides, their perfume, their atmospheric identity. In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay.    

MAIDS

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        Genet drew the plot of   “The Maids” from a 1933 tabloid murder: Christine and Léa Papin, maids in Le   Mans, killed their mistress and her daughter. But Genet transformed this true   crime into a drama filled with unreliable narrators and sinister   charades. Genet’s wondrous poetic   prose 'Maids', is placed somewhere between reality and dream, somewhere,   perhaps, between William Shakespeare’s woodland and John Webster’s insane   asylums.    

SHEEP MAN'S CHRISTMAS

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     Play   Performance in English    

     based   upon a story by Haruki   Murakami | Written & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar          

 A fun and heartwarming story about one of Haruki   Murakami’s famous literary characters from the book A Wild Sheep Chase, see   how the Sheep Man celebrated Christmas in this literary work from one of the   best Japanese contemporary writers    

SHEEP MAN'S CHRISTMAS

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Play   Performance in English    

 based   upon a story by Haruki   Murakami | Written & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

   A fun and heartwarming story about one of Haruki   Murakami’s famous literary characters from the book A Wild Sheep Chase, see   how the Sheep Man celebrated Christmas in this literary work from one of the   best Japanese contemporary writers 

PAI PAISHACHI GOSHTA

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    Play   Performance in Marathi    

    Story by   Dr.Vijaya Rajadhyaksha Directed by Vipul Mahagaonkar    

      Story revolves around a simple housewife who talks   about the accounts that her mother use to keep and how she herself keeps it   and now, how it has passed on to her daughter and daughter-in-law. This play   is a journey of four generations from the point of view of a housewife.   Enacted by the veteran stage actress Ila Bhate, it tells an emotional and   nostalgic tale of a 70-year-old lady through the titbits she has collected in   her journey. 

DECOMPOSED THEATRE

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 French   Play Reading in Translation 

   by   Matei Visniec Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

        These texts are like the fragments of a broken   mirror. At one time, the object existed in perfect condition. It reflected   the sky, the world, and the human soul. And there was - no one knows when or   why - the explosion. The remaining pieces are undoubtedly part of the   original substance. And it is within this adherence to the original substance   that their unity resides, their perfume, their atmospheric identity. A reading of a broken text,  In collaboration with   Alliance Française de Bombay. This Reading will be held at Theosophy Hall,   Churchgate  

THE PADAR HAS SLIPPED

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Music Performance by Shruthi Vishwanath    

      Plunging into songs and texts of the women   warikari poets, to understand nuances of women’s voices and what bhakti means    

READINGS IN THE SHED: LETTER TO FATHER

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    Performative   Reading    

    Written   by Franz Kafka    

      Kafka hated writing letters, at least he said he   did. But for a person who hates writing letters, he wrote a lot of them. He   said they were a communication with ghosts. One such letter he wrote to his   father, explaining the intricate nature of their relationship. This letter   was undelivered, unread. Come read it in this months offering at the   Shed...

*STAR READINGS AESTRIA | THE TRANQUIL STAR, Reading

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   Written   by Leo Tolstoy, Hans Christian Andersen, O. Henry, Anton Chekhov |             Reading of Classic Christmas Stoiries in different   voices. Stories like Papa Panov's Special by Leo Tolstoy | The Little Match   Girl by Hans Christian Andersen | The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry | A   Christmas Time by By Anton Chekhov |    

RHINOCEROS

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     Play   Performance in English-Hindi    
    Written   by Eugène Ionesco Directed   by Gagan Dev Riar        

   Rhinoceros demonstrates the playwright’s anxiety   about the spread of inhuman totalitarian tendencies in society. Inspired by   Ionesco’s personal experiences with fascism during World War II, this   absurdist drama depicts the struggle of one man to maintain his identity and   integrity alone in a world when everyone else around him is turning into a   Rhinoceros    

TILL DEATH US DO PART

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        TILL DEATH is a black   comedy for three truly infernal actors. It is also the story of a family, of   a son who returns to his mother’s home with an urn that contains the ashes of   his grandmother who has just been incinerated. This fairly tragic moment is   the starting point for a comic action that unfolds inexorably with clockwork   precision. In collaboration with   Alliance Française de Bombay. This Reading will be held   at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate    

STORY OF A LIGHT OPERATOR

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  Play   Performance in Marathi     

    Written   & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

      The paranormal experience of the stage left such an imprint on   the life of a stage light operator that the normal and the paranormal   intermingled with each other in such a way that he didn’t know what was real   and what was beyond the real, only to land up in a mental asylum. Does he   discover the answers over there? Do the spirits of the stage follow him   there? Is he even mental? What drove him to see what others couldn’t   see?      Witness the Untold Story of the Light Operator in this surrealistic piece.    

*FIRE READINGS TO BUILD A FIRE | DIWALI KE DIYE

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     Reading   in English & Hindustani    

       Written   by Jack London | Written by Saadat Hasan Manto    

       “To Build a Fire,” is the tragic tale of a man who decides to   travel alone through the hostile environment of the Yukon in sub-freeing   temperatures and falls victim to the unrelenting and unforgiving power of   nature.    

STORY OF A LIGHT OPERATOR

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     Play   Performance in Marathi     

     Written   & Directed by Omkar Bhatkar    

       The paranormal experience of the stage left such an imprint on   the life of a stage light operator that the normal and the paranormal   intermingled with each other in such a way that he didn’t know what was real   and what was beyond the real, only to land up in a mental asylum. Does he   discover the answers over there? Do the spirits of the stage follow him   there? Is he even mental? What drove him to see what others couldn’t   see?
    Witness the Untold Story of the Light Operator in this surrealistic piece.    

MEET THE WRITER

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     Discussion    

      Ashutosh Potdar     

       Here is an opportunity to meet the writer Ashutosh   Potdar as he talks over chai on theatre. Ashutosh writes plays, short fiction   and poetry in Marathi. He has received a number of awards for his plays. Dr   .Potdar has also translated and adapted plays written by Dario Fo, Jean   Genet, August Strindberg and Harold Pinter into Marathi.    

PAST EVENTS

ARCADIA…THE PROMISED LAND

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    Arcadia…the promised land is a poetic piece of 70 minutes, covering   poetries on various aspects of ageing. The piece is an amalgamation of   different kinds of poetries associated with gerontology and death,   organically created by a team of six artists, who have been able to translate   their lived experiences into a poetic form. The poems cover multiple   perspectives of all those associated with ageing and death, ranging from the   individual, to the family, relatives, neighbours, doctors, surgeons, and the   society at large.      Arcadia is a collection of about fifteen poems in multilingual form, with   English being the primary thread. The piece is performed with stillness   intermingling with live music.    

ROBERTO ZUCCO

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PLAY PERFORMANCE  

Written   by Bernard-Marie Koltès 

Directed by Omkar Bhatkar 

The play “Roberto Zucco” is based on an infamous true story, od the Italian Roberto Zucco, aged 18, who was sent to prison after violently murdering his parents, escaped 5 years later and went on the run, defying police in 3 countries, changing his identity many times, and embarked on a horrific 2 years’ crime spree. In collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay   

TICKETS RS 250/- BOOKMYSHOW & AT THE VENUE

MASTER CLASS ON LITERATURE POST COLONIAL AFRICAN WRITING

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Talk/Lecture

By Dr. Mala Pandurang   

The   talk will be an introductory talk on the various post-colonial African   writers. 

PAST EVENTS

*FIRE READINGS AGNIVARSHA

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       This play by one of India's foremost playwrights and actors is   based on a story from the Mahabharata which tellingly illuminates universal   themes - alienation, loneliness, love, family, hatred - through the daily   lives and concerns of a whole community of individuals    

ARCADIA…THE PROMISED LAND

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    Arcadia…the promised land is a poetic piece of 70 minutes, covering   poetries on various aspects of ageing. The piece is an amalgamation of   different kinds of poetries associated with gerontology and death,   organically created by a team of six artists, who have been able to translate   their lived experiences into a poetic form. The poems cover multiple   perspectives of all those associated with ageing and death, ranging from the   individual, to the family, relatives, neighbours, doctors, surgeons, and the   society at large.
    Arcadia is a collection of about fifteen poems in multilingual form, with   English being the primary thread. The piece is performed with stillness   intermingling with live music.
 

TILL DEATH US DO PART

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       TILL DEATH is a black   comedy for three truly infernal actors. It is also the story of a family, of   a son who returns to his mother’s home with an urn that contains the ashes of   his grandmother who has just been incinerated. This fairly tragic moment is   the starting point for a comic action that unfolds inexorably with clockwork   precision. In collaboration with   Alliance Française de Bombay. This Reading will be held   at Theosophy Hall, Churchgate    

past events

ROBERTO ZUCCO, 11/11/18 | 6:30 PM

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       The play “Roberto Zucco” is based on an infamous true story, od   the Italian Roberto Zucco, aged 18, who was sent to prison after violently   murdering his parents, escaped 5 years later and went on the run, defying   police in 3 countries, changing his identity many times, and embarked on a   horrific 2 years crime spree. In   collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay    

" *ECONOMIC MODELS FOR ARTS AND CULTURE INDIA-FRANCE CROSSED PERSPECTIVES " 2/11/18 | 2PM

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        Panelist: Rashmi Dhanwani-Visual Arts, Curator | Christine Ithurbide- Visual Arts,   Geographer| Patricia Michel- Live performance, administrator | Kenneth   Hopkins (TBC)- Cinema, press officer | Moderator: Frédéric Simon, Director Alliance Française de Bombay. In   collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay    

*ओझं : 2/11/18 | 7PM

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       Ozha tells us more....There are many reasons why the farmer is   driven to ending his life. Being debt-ridden is one of the major factors,   though not in the least the only one. Global warming, untimely and uneven   rains, the resultant disturbed life-cycle, grievances with family members who   are willing to help, but due to some reasons are unable to, mental and   physical stress that lead him to addictions, and more - all these together   result in creating the Burden / Ozha, which he is unable to bear.    

past events

Coffee In The Canteen,20/10/18 | 7 PM

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Written by Shiv Subrahmanyam

Directed by Divya Jagdale

GRAHAN By Rajendra Singh Bedi (Urdu) | MOON POEMS: A Collection of Multilingual Contemporary Moon poems, 25/10/18 | 6 PM

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ROBERTO ZUCCO, 31/10/18 | 6:30 PM

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        The play “Roberto Zucco” is based on an infamous true story, od   the Italian Roberto Zucco, aged 18, who was sent to prison after violently   murdering his parents, escaped 5 years later and went on the run, defying   police in 3 countries, changing his identity many times, and embarked on a   horrific 2 years crime spree. In   collaboration with Alliance Française de Bombay   

CHANDRA SAWALI KORTO By Sadanand Rege (Marathi) | Lady On The Moon Chinese Folklore,11/10/18 | 6 PM

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 Reading in Marathi by Hemant Hazare | Reading in English by Omkar Bhatkar 

PANTHEISM | Introductory Talk, 15/10/18 | 12-30 PM

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 As part  of the Master Class Series on Literature, the talk will provide a brief  overview of Pantheistic Literature by Dr. Omkar Bhatkar. Also the talk will try to introduce some literary writers of the genre       

ARCADIA…THE PROMISED LAND,19/10/18 | 6:30 P

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 A Collection of Organic Poetry on Gerontology 

PAST EVENTS

Tikli & Laxmi Bomb,8/10/18 | 6 pm

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 SCREENING,

Followed by Discussion with The Writer & Director 

ADITYA KRIPALAN

UNTITLED ,6/10/18 |8 PM

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 UNTITLED is a narration of true stories and presentation of the darker side of our society. 


 DIRECTED BY TUSHAR DALVI 

THE MAIDS ,9/10/18 |6:30 PM

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 BY JEAN GENET 

DIRECTED BY OMKAR BHATKAR

CAST: SHARMILA VELASKAR KADNE | MANALI KALE | NEELAM GHEEWALA