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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.