The founder of one of the oldest musical groups Chaurang, Ashok Hande is a well-known name in every Marathi household. His brainchild Marathi Bana has been celebrating the Maharashtrian culture for over 12 years now. Marathi Bana showcases folk songs and dances, the wise learnings of the thinkers from the past, celebrates cultural diversity, and all this with a healthy dose of humor. With over 1500 successful shows staged globally, Marathi Bana is all set to wow the audience this April again, with 125 artistes and its signature grandeur. This beloved show is a blend of music, dance, drama, and narration along with colorful lighting, art direction, rich costumes and smooth sound effects live on the stage.
Various talented singers, including the mighty talented Ashok Hande, belt out melodious songs from a spectrum of genres, including bhaarud, songs from vasudev, bhajans, keertans, and folk songs. Apart from that, you can expect some soul soothing bhaav geet.
Artforms like tamasha and other kinds of well-written, tight skits are not only entertaining but also comment on our current religious and political tapestry. These cleverly written skits are humorous, entertaining, and they make acute observations about our society.
Folk dance forms such as laavnis, bharuds, koli dance, balu dance and dances from other parts of Maharashtra are performed by teams of talented dancers. This is an excellent platform to showcase these forgotten dance forms. You’d definitely find yourself tapping your foot to these performances.
Revered wise men and thinkers like Dnyaneshwar, Namdev, Tukaram, Mukta bai, Jana bai and many more have given us so much to think about over the years. Their philosophies of life, their understanding of the challenges and dilemmas faced by the common man, and even funny observations about humans, in general, make for an engaging and an enriched learning experience. Watch the artistes present these rich poems and limericks written over centuries in an entertaining way on stage.
An all-rounder entertaining package like Marathi Bana is incomplete without an ample dose of comedy. The Marathi language is rich and writers of the show pay their respect to the language by incorporating several clever word plays and witty quips, which make for an amusing watch.
Marathi Bana is a show for everyone who is curious to know more about Marathi culture and what better week to catch up than the week of Maharashtra Day, 1st May. Mind you, the show is popular even with non-Maharashtrians and people from all over the globe. Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate culture and be thoroughly entertained while you are at it.