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Theatre has been seen as a medium of change more than any other form of art especially in India and the Theatre section at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has always strived to put up performances from Hindi and regional theatre that both inspire and entertain. With venues including Horniman Circle Gardens, MC Ghia Hall and the auditorium at the National Gallery of Modern Art, the theatre section has plays and performances that welcome everyone with open arms.

At the 20th year celebration of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, the theatre section will curate a varied fare of dramas, comedies and monologues. Theatre lovers can look forward to watching successful plays, panel discussions and a number of monologue acts by prominent theatre stalwarts.

A befitting tribute to Alyque Padamsee, theatre personality and ad film maker will also be a part of the programming. Monologue performances in the offering are the autobiography “Drama Queen” performed by multi-faceted Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, ‘Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace’ performed by Jayati Bhatia, directed by Director Quasar Thakore Padamsee, a performance of “Anandiben’ directed by Manoj Shah, the path breaking director of contemporary Gujarati stage.

Above all a play that also celebrates its 20-year run along with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, “Dayashankar ki Diary”, a dramatized powerful performance by Ashish Vidhyarthi, written and directed by theatre veteran Nadira Zaheer Babbar will also be showcased. What would be a better title for this 20th year of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, than “Resonance”, a celebration of theatre from the sound of the first bell to the last applause, that promises to offer the best of the best in Hindi, English, Marathi,Gujarati and Parsi Gujarati theatre. This 20th year festival is a tribute to the fraternity and the gen-next of Mumbai theatre.

Other notable names include:

  • Suchitra Krishnamoorthy
  • Jayati Bhatia
  • Quasar Padamsee
  • Manoj Shah