Mumbai is a unique place for theatre. Here we not only have the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) where Indian and international artists perform on a daily basis, but popular theatres like Prithvi and St. Andrews Auditorium are dedicated to theatre. There are also special auditoriums for regional plays because only in Mumbai can you catch a play in at least five languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and Hindustani.
Thus, it is hardly a surprise that Aditya Birla Group decided to launch their theatre initiative in this city. Aadyam – a theatre festival – kicked off in 2015, and every year, the festival attracts crowds from across the country. Aadyam 2018 is now just around the corner and here’s what you need to look forward to:
Every Aadyam play promises lavish sets and grand visuals. The blissful music and extravagant backdrops complement the narrative and set the mood for the play. This year, we only expect it to get better, especially since our expectations have been raised by the previous versions of the festival as well as the recently staged Disney’s Aladdin, which stunned with its magnificent production.
Most actors in the film industry had their first footing in the acting world in theatre and they always return to the stage in between their many movies. Plays in Aadyam have always featured popular actors, whom you might have witnessed on screen, or have probably seen on stage as well. The festival itself entices many actors to travel to the ends of the city to catch their plays.
Some of the biggest plays in the city are launched through Aadyam. There are multiple shows of these plays across two venues in Mumbai, before the festival moves to Delhi. Last year, some of the plays that struck a chord with us are The Threepenny Opera by Imaad Shah, Bandish 20 – 20000 Hz by Purva Naresh, and Mother Courage and her Children by Quasar Thakore Padamsee.
The format of Aadyam includes at least one musical among the many plays. Last year, it was Bandish 20 – 20000 Hz, which featured Indian music in the form of nautanki and baithak, and The Threepenny Opera – the international musical by Bertolt Brecht and Elizabeth Hauptmann. Disney’s Aladdin has raised the bar for musicals in India and we can’t wait to see what this season brings us.
Adaptations of popular Indian and international plays are also frequent at the Aadyam festival. In its second year, Rajat Kapoor opened with a satirical version of a Shakespearean play in I Don’t Like It – As You Like It. Last year, The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and her Children were adaptations that performed in their original versions by local talent.
Hordes of Theatre-Goers
With a festival attracting the who’s who of theatre, it is obvious that it comes with an enthusiastic audience. Most plays at Aadyam are sold out, even when the play is staging for the umpteenth time. Traveling all the way to NCPA is no longer an excuse when you get to watch the best of talent live on stage. We expect it to be no different this year, so remember to book your seats in advance.
Are you ready to welcome Aadyam 2018? Check out this space for updates on the festival.