Regional language theatre: Hindi theatre festival showcasing new and original plays
Started in 2010, the Ananda Festival is a selection of original Hindi plays. In Mumbai, Hindi theatre has involved some of the best talents – from the socially relevant theatre of Prithviraj Kapoor and the Indian People’s Theatre Association, to the memorable writings of Mohan Rakesh and Dharmvir Bharti, to the experimental works of Satyadev Dubey and Sunil Shanbag. Over the last 35 years, groups like Ank, Yatri, Ekjute have been working consistently to nurture Hindi theatre, in spite of competition of Bollywood and Satellite Television.
Playwrights like Makrand Deshpande, Manav Kaul and recent entrants Purva Naresh and Trishla Patel have enriched Hindi theatre. Groups like Motley, Ansh, Aaranya, Akvarious, Ranga Theatre, Rangbaaz, Rangshila, Aarambh, T-Pot and others have kept the spirit of creativity and adventure alive in Hindi theatre.
Ananda presents just a small section of Mumbai’s Hindi theatre, at its best and most joyous, original and Indian. Ananda means happiness or pleasure. The Ananda Hindi Natya Utsav presents a selection of delightful Hindi plays covering a spectrum of genres and generations.