Vihan Drama Works staged their play ""Hasyachudamani" at Gorki Sadan last evening. Director Saurabh Anant deserves applaud for this colourful comedy adapted from a Sanskrit play by Mahamatya Vatsaraj which finds relevance through the witty sattires woven in the script. Props used on the stage were simple yet strong enough to carry the script. Lighting on the stage was suited to the story and managed well by director Saurabh Anant himself. Costumes were brilliant. Hemant Deolekar's music added colours to this splendid theatrical work. The actors executed the script quite effortlessly which goes to prove their sincerity and dedication to theatre.
Known Hindi poet and theatre person Hemant Deolekar played the clever saint "Gyanrashi" around whom the story is woven. A common theif falls in love with a girl and plans to steal the gold and gems in possession with the girl's mother. The mother asks her aides to look for the lost assets. They come to know about a saint who claims to have the powers to get the lost assets. The mother, the girl and the thief come to the saint for help and he invites all of them at a common place on a common day. In the meanwhile both the saint and his aide fall in love with the girl. The saint himself falls in the trap built by him to fool people and gets exposed. The sequences are very witty and candidly depicted. Shweta Ketkar, Ankit Paroche, Ankit Mishra and Nivedita Soni have executed their work on stage with precision. Their moves were effortless and articulation superb. It was a treat to the theatre lovers of the city.
The event was hosted by Neelamber, a budding theatre group in the city running a four days long festival of literature and drama that is Literaria Kolkata.
- Neel Kamal
Sunday, 15th October 2017