All that jazz

All that jazz

On stage

Purva Naresh was toying with the idea of developing a piece that explores the image of ‘nayika’ in classical texts and contemporary context. Incidently, the playwright and theatre producer, was approached by Aadhyam theatre festival to develop this idea into a full-fledged text and that is how Ladies Sangeet’came into being.

“Since I wanted to explore the role of nayika, the only occasion that came to my mind was the wedding, especially ladies sangeet, as the event celebrates every aspect of a woman’s life — starting from food to fashion,” Purva tells Metrolife.

The play, according to Purva, deals with gender stereotyping, but the 44-year-old is quick to add that “the idea is not to preach, but to entertain”.

“It is a multilayered play and we have touched upon several emotions, and challenged many notions. But these are delivered through dialogues and if you are not paying attention, you are likely to miss out on some important nuggets,” she says.

Music plays a major role in the Mumbai-based director’s productions. Her melodramatic Aaj Rang Hai celebrates life and love, with music as an essential component. This play too, which opens with a household buzzing with wedding preparations, has music at the core of its script.

The Lucknow-born began her career in theatre with Afsaneh: Bai se Bioscope Tak —as a writer— in 2008. But in two years she founded her own theatre company, Aarambh Productions, under which she has produced award-winning plays like Ok Tata Bye Bye for which she received the Laadli Media Award for best play on gender sensitisation.

While she has written dialogue for films like Hasee Toh Phasee and Dum Maaro Dum, Purva feels that the beauty of a play is that you can always make changes in it. “Unlike films, where dialogues can’t be changed once it releases, a play give you the opportunity to make changes in the script and dialogues to make it relevant,” she says, adding theatre is all about being in the moment.

Ladies Sangeet will be staged on July 9 at 7: 30 pm and July 10 at 4 pm and 7:30 pm respectively at Kamani Auditorium.

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