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Magician in Maya Bazaar

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I first got to hear about the auditions for Bangalore Little Theatre’s production Maya Bazaar from a friend who knew I was interested in theatre. It didn’t matter that I had never acted in a play before, apart from the mini-plays we used to stage in school where my most famed role was of Joseph in a Nativity play. I still somehow wanted to step my foot in. So, I went for the auditions thinking it would be a learning experience, an initiation of sorts if nothing else, and somehow a few weeks later, got an email where I found out that I had landed the role of Asambhav, one of the two crazy magicians who form a comedy element in the play.

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My first time in a play and it was being produced by Bangalore’s oldest theatre group, with multi-cast to boot, many of who were already acquainted with one another. It was obvious that I was nervous, especially during the very first rehearsal in September. Twenty people of all ages and possessing vastly different, some might say quirky, personalities, we started off awkwardly, still getting used to each other and the script. As I was new at this acting thing, I remember thinking how we would ever be able to put up a decent play with all the memorizing lines and cues and “blocking” (a term I had learned only then). But as days passed rehearsals started going smoother till one day our director Sridhar rewarded us with an amazing line, “Remember this day’s rehearsal people! This is our benchmark, what we have to match up to and surpass in our shows”.

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We’ve completed around 18 shows around Bangalore till date and each show presents us with more and more insights into the different characters of Maya Bazaar. And also, reveals a bit more of the people who play them. I am proud to say now that along with having the opportunity to get to know this amazing cast and performing for a good cause, Maya Bazaar has been a most rewarding first-time stage experience!

So if you haven’t caught a show yet, here is your last chance to watch it at Rangashankara.

Come be a part of the grand finale of this magical journey.

Book your tickets online https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/maya-bazaar/ET00048811

This article has been penned by Swati Parasuraman

An actors experience – Maya Bazaar

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A pinch of laughter, a dash of drama and a truckload of fun that is the best way to describe my experience with Maya Bazaar.

After a series of what I can only call intense, serious plays, I finally got the chance to get back to my comfort zone- comedy musicals. But this comedy musical is unlike any other I have been a part of. For one our cast is huge- almost every other character has a double.

So our weekend rehearsals can only be described as fun, noisy and crazy family get together because that’s what we became over the last few months- one big happy family.

Anyone who has grown up in south India would be familiar with the famous Telugu classic Maya Bazaar. And this production is a contemporary adaption of the classic deliciously served up with our playwright’s very special brand of humour and wit.

Right from the start, there was never any distinction between the directors and actors. We were all part of the same journey to reach one common goal- to make ‘Maya happen’.

And with a lot of hard work and a lot more fun thrown in, I can proudly say we achieved that goal. And even after having done nearly 20 shows, we approach every show with same the energy and keep adding in new elements to keep the audience thoroughly entertained.

So if you haven’t caught a show yet, here is your last chance to watch it at Rangashankara.

Come be a part of the grand finale of this magical journey.

Book your tickets online https://in.bookmyshow.com/plays/maya-bazaar/ET00048811

This write-up has been penned by Archana Kariappa

Maya Bazaar- Review by a student

On Friday, 25th November, the seventh, eighth and ninth graders of Sishu Griha, including myself, went to watch Maya Bazaar, a play based on the Mahabharata, produced by Bangalore Little Theatre.

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It starred Ghatotkacha, the son of Bheema of the Pandavas, Abhimanyu, the son of Arjuna, his lover, Sashi, two slightly crazy ‘practitioners of magic’, and of course, Krishna, the brains behind it all.

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                   Two slightly crazy ‘practitioners of magic’ advising Abhimanyu

The story was light and entertaining, and more importantly, simple enough for people who haven’t read the Mahabharata to understand. The opening scene belonged to Daku, a ‘postbird’, who was trying to find the right place to deliver the only mail of his career, feeling he would be disgraced if he didn’t do it before he died.

From there, the play was carried off marvellously by Ghatu and his family, transporting the audience into the world in which they lived.

The dialogues were hilarious, and had many references to modern day culture, bringing the house down. Many times, the scenes had to be paused so that the audience could finish their cheering and clapping.

Many little things were done in interesting little ways, such as personifying Abhimanyu’s arrows, using people dressed up to shoot across the stage. The trees, too, were people with buckets over their heads.

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Daya Sakrepatna as Daku with two crazy magicians

Anand Rajamani, as Ghatotkacha, and DayaSakrepatna, I felt, were especially good as Ghatotkacha and Daku respectively.

The music was really good too, by Bangalore R. Ramanath, who played the tabla beautifully and with a lot of skill (although that field is rather unknown to me).

Altogether, the play was a delightful combination of humour, wit, costumes and plain good acting. This play can and should be watched by people of all ages, for two hours’ worth of enjoyment and laughter.

This write-up has been penned by Gayatri Allamsetty, a budding writer who is  currently doing her 8 grade in Sishu Griha. She has won a prize in writing competition conducted by Wipro – Earthian last year.

Creating the ‘Maya’ – Back Stage

atta8Vijay Padaki once exclaimed during his production of Emil’s Enemies, “My main actors are not onstage but offstage.” The words were etched in my heart since then, but unfortunately, I have rarely been part of that magical process, because the actor within me has always been hungry to be in the forefront rather than in the background. Mayabazar, finally helped me understand Padaki’s word in detail when I was given the charge of costumes and assist Ravi, our stage manager in any way that was possible. Thus, the fairy tale began to unfold. None of us in the team is qualified in fashion design, which is why it was quite an unearthing experience to come up with a fusion look for the actors, especially when some of them are not in their best of human forms yet has that uncanny resemblance to their human counterparts. Me, Ravi and my very talented partner Anushri have had  innumerable sessions in understanding the practical possibility of coming up with a look, which is comfortable for the actors, not too complicated and will not create a hole in your pocket. One of the most amazing things working in the backstage of a theatre production is the resultant effect of the amalgamation of the various ideas into one single unit, which gives the idea of a collective effort involved in making the final product. At times you might not be on the same page with your partner in deciding the idea, but you realise that it is after all not a bad thing, because with patience and virtue the consensus that is arrived in is actually a much better outcome, rather than your own single endeavour – and this is exactly the way Mayabazar has been created. In this process, you create a family outside your family – a family where everybody is equal, talented and has an adrenaline rush to produce ‘maya’ at any point of time. In the course of time Maya Bazaar has taught us that there is nothing called ‘a bad idea.’ There is, of course, workable and not – workable ones, but no idea is trashy. You have to play with it for some time to realise its viability but definitely, you cannot discard an idea, just like that and terming it bad or useless. Therefore, whatever the audience will see today is an ultimate effort and endeavour from every individual in this team, for innumerable months and days, and a determination to take them on this  unforgettable journey.

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Working in Mayabazar has taught be three important things – firstly, you do not need a formal qualification to get into stagehand work. What you need is a minimum level of discipline and organising  skills and the fact that you do not hesitate to ask for help (a very crucial quality), because you honestly do not think that, you shall be involved in everything. Secondly, you need appropriate interest and to me is the most important of all because this is what will drive you to work for the betterment of the product and use your brains until the last level and thirdly investment of an appropriate amount of time. You cannot expect things to happen just by the whip of your wand. You have to invest your time and energy should have the patience that things will come out. Thus, the combination of these three elements is what Mayabazar is today and everything that you see is created right from the scratch by the super energetic, talented, vivacious, brilliant, and artistic team who have worked relentlessly to give you this experience.

I hope, Mayabazaar creates the same magic on the audience as it has on us, theatre  is magic and when ‘Maya’ happens you get a double dose of magic. Now, who can deny that?

This write-up has been authored by Shatarupa Bhattacharyya

Maya Bazaar

BLT’s  annual big bang production is back! It is brought to you in partnership with Indian Cancer Society (ICS) and Amar Chitra Katha and The Hindu.

BLT & ICS are pleased to announce its partnership with Amar Chitra Katha and The Hindu. This year we present the endearing family entertainer Maya Bazaar. Based on the eponymous movie from the 1950’s, BLT’s version is in English and is a contemporary retelling of the classic yarn. How does Abhimanyu win the hand of Sashirekha, the love of his life, with some help from Ghatothkacha and his merry rakshasas and from Krishna, the original magician? Set in the mystical environs of Dandakaranya and Dwaraka, this play is our tribute to the original and is sure to tickle your funny bone.

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We will be performing the play – “Maya Bazaar”, across auditoriums in Bangalore so that people can come and watch the play and also contribute to a worthy cause. Indian Cancer Society intends to use all proceeds from ticket sales to create a bridge fund that would be used to fund diagnosis / initial treatment for children under 18 years.  Many parents do not have the required finances, and it takes one or two months to get money from cancer treatment funding schemes.  Most cancers can be cured if treatment is started early, especially with children.  The bridge fund will provide financial support till main treatment funds are available. ICS and BLT are also conducting anti-smoking workshops, using theatre as a medium, in most schools that will participate in this fund-raiser.  

BLT’s  Children’s Theatre programme is committed to the disadvantaged child, and is supported by Susmita and Subroto Bagchi as part of our shared social development goals.

ICS’ initiative to create cancer awareness in schools (specifically related to use of tobacco) and to raise funds for initial diagnosis / treatment of children with cancer is supported by Oracle.

 For Bookings https://in.bookmyshow.com/bengaluru/plays/maya-bazaar/ET00048811