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  • Venue
    Experimental Theatre
  • Date Time
    5 May 2023 | 7:00 pm
  • Age Limit
  • Member Price
    Rs. 360 & 270/-
  • Non Member Price
    Rs. 400 & 300/-
  • Duration
    120 mins

Event Details

Marathi/Musical Play

Produced by the NCPA

In a village called Parsul in Maharashtra, a unique folk tradition called kalgitura was nurtured for hundreds of years. Intertwining stories from the Puranas and oral traditions, kalgitura artistes would sing to the beats of the tambourine during festivals, fairs, religious ceremonies and to ease the pain and grief to commemorate the death of a villager with the family of the departed soul. Around 1990, this almost 700-year-old tradition started to fade away. One day, a group of men in the village find threads of the kalgitura tradition and realise that they must reinstate this unique art form.

The play depicts the story of the revival of kalgitura. In the April 2023 issue of ON Stage, its writer Datta Patil said, “Kalgitura is a folk art comprising lavanis written in local dialects and is made up of two words ‘kalgi’ (shakti) and ‘tura’ (Shiva). As with several folk art forms, kalgitura brings pertinent issues to the fore and addresses complex emotions via the medium of entertainment.” Kalgitura is the finalist of Darpan, a new initiative by the NCPA that shines the spotlight on fresh voices in Marathi drama.


Writer: Datta Patil
Director: Sachin Shinde
Cast: Nilesh Suryvanshi, Ram Wani, Arun Ingle, Rushikesh Shelar, Hemant Mahajan, Rajendra Ugale, Krushna Shirsath, Praveen Jadhav, Vikram Nannaware, Shubham Landge, Kiran Raobacche, Kalpesh Kulkarni, Ketaki Kulkarni & Rushikesh Patil
Music: Rushikesh Shelar
Background Music: Rohit Sarode
Executive Producer: TBC


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