Benefits of Theatre

Visual Arts in India have been acknowledged by many all over the world. Visual Arts in India is very beautiful and enduring. It takes you to a different world with its intriguing music, dramatic dialogues, and elaborate costumes etc. Visual Arts in India has the ability to exert positive influences on people. The benefits are emotional, physical social, and they develop a healthy appreciation of culture and the arts.

Boost Confidence
Theatre helps you understand how to think outside the box, how to evaluate situations and how to be more confident while in unfamiliar situations. People learn to trust their own abilities and ideas. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills can be further applied in school, career, and life.

Improves Communication Skills
Drama, theatre, and performing arts benefit youngsters throughout their life. It improves vocal projection, articulation, the tone of speech and expression. Most importantly it also develops listening and observation skills.

Emotional Outlet
Theatre helps you express a range of emotions. Understanding characters, roles and the subtext of plays and musicals allows students to relate better to different situations, backgrounds, and cultures. It further encourages them to show compassion and tolerance for others.

Moreover, acting and drama gives you time for reflection and releases tension and aggression in a controlled environment.

Keeps You Physically Active
Theatre keeps you active and productive. Performing even the most passive performances requires intensive movement over a prolonged period. It helps improve flexibility, coordination, balance, and body control.

Improves Memory Skills
Practicing and performing art develops the ability and skills to be able to focus the mind, the body, and the voice. Your concentration is enhanced while rehearsing and performing lines. Basically, it helps improve the memory skills.

Brings Happiness in Life
Appreciation for arts and culture brings joy into your life. It adds pleasure to your living and makes you feel good and positive about life.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation is one such organization that aims to foster the visual and performing arts through concerts, exhibitions, and festivals. It nurtures playwrights, actors, musicians, and dancers to conserve India’s cultural heritage.

Since many years the foundation has been organizing an annual theatre festival to promote experimental theatre in Pune and Mumbai. Memorable performances include Naseeruddin Shah’s Ismat Apke Naam and Mohit Takalkar’s Gajab Kahani (commissioned for the festival) that was consequently invited to perform at the prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Delhi. A mecca for theatre connoisseurs – The Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival is now recognized as the litmus test for first-grade theatre.

For more information on Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation visit: http://vsdf.org/

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Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival – A Mecca for Theatre Connoisseurs

It’s no secret that India loves its fair share of drama. In India, the film and theatre industries have always been a massive part of our popular culture, ever-evolving– thematically and aesthetically. And theatre festivals like Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival celebrate this art and culture by introducing thousands of artist to a range of audience.

Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, supported by the Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation, a non-profit charity trust aims to commemorate Indian art & culture by giving theatre enthusiasts a much-needed legitimate platform. The festival has been prevalent since many years in Pune and Mumbai and is backed by trustees Maitreya Doshi, Managing Trustee, Dr. Saryu Doshi, Ph.D. – an eminent art historian in Indian classical and contemporary art and Mrs. Rohita M. Doshi.

People from different cultural backgrounds come together to celebrate Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, all around the year. With eclectic audience and performers from all over the country, these events are worth the watch. Memorable performances include Naseeruddin Shah’s Ismat Apke Naam and Mohit Takalkar’s Gajab Kahani (commissioned for the festival) that was consequently invited to perform at the prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Delhi.

For Vinod Doshi Theatre Foundation – 2018 has been an absolutely special year. In 2018, the festival revived two classical plays, one each in Marathi and Kannada. These plays were brought alive for a completely new audience. In fact, ‘Yayati’ – Karnad’s classic from the 60’s was staged for the first time in Pune in the year 2018. The best part of this theatre festival in Pune 2018 was the post-play interaction between the makers and the audience.

Over the years, the Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival has come to be recognized as the litmus test for the first-grade theatre. To conserve India’s cultural heritage, the Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival continues to be a mecca for theatre connoisseurs.

Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival – an Eclectic Mix of Topics and Tones

The Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival brings plays from across the country for theatre aficionados in the city. This Pune theatre festival not only celebrates the theatre culture in its own country but also provides a platform for new talent and unique works.

Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival is a fusion of stylized speech, music, dance, drama, and spectacle. It is a composite platform with deep roots in local identity and native culture. It is a platform in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being. Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival is a blend of everything. From mythology to contemporary – audiences get a chance to explore an eclectic mix of topics and tones, from established as well as budding directors.

This year the foundation organized the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival at Pune. The event comprised a variety of never-seen-before moods and milieus.

The festival opened with ‘Mahanirvan’ – a modern Indian theatre classic written and directed by Satish Alekar. The second day saw the performance of “Words Have Been Uttered” – a play which explores the expressions of dissent written by Sapan Saran and Irawati Karnik and directed by Sunil Shanbag. Purva Naresh’s musical “Bandish 20-20000 Hz’ was staged on Day 3 of the festival. A unique performance art piece “Mahabharat” was showcased on Day 4 of the festival which was created using puppets and live bodies – this was done by a Delhi based and internationally acclaimed artist Anurupa Roy. The festival was closed by “Yayati” – again a modern Indian theatre classic written by Girish Karnad and directed by Arundhati Raja.
That’s not all! Each and every performance was followed by an open interaction with the directors and team members, moderated by Dr. Ajay Joshi.

Annual Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival is known for some of the most praiseworthy and eclectic performances. It is more than just a venue – it’s a melting pot of ideas, talent, and inspiration. If you’re planning to take it to the stage and explore some good, old theatre for yourself, this VSDF theatre festival is a good place for you to start.

VSDF foundation is non-profit, charity trust that aims at promoting Art, Culture, Education, and Community. It articulates the lifelong passions of Vinod and Saryu Doshi who believed that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture.

The Language Of Dissent – Sunil Shanbag at the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival

Sunil Shanbag is an Indian theatre director, screenwriter and documentary film-maker. A graduate from the Mumbai University, Sunil didn’t have any formal training in theatre; however, he has worked extensively with Satyadev Dubey, who considers him one of his foremost proteges. In the year 1985, Shanbag founded the theatre company Arpana. Its work is characterized by “contemporary and original texts by Indian and international playwrights (in translation), strong performances, minimalist staging, and innovative use of music and design.

In times when noisy cacophony passes as debate, Sunil Shanbag’s “Words Have Been Uttered” presents stimulating voices of reason, from different lands and centuries, urging viewers to reflect on what it means to resist.

Dissenting, or holding an opinion in opposition to a prevailing idea, is an integral part of the Indian tradition in which we accept that there are many ways of looking and living in the world. Disagreement, debate, doubt, curiosity, philosophical contests, dialogue, all contribute to the fabric of civilizations, particularly the Indian, and it is no wonder we are termed “argumentative”!

Using music, dance, and video, Shanbag makes argumentative discourse entertaining as well as thought-provoking. For Shanbag the idea of dissent had been very close to his heart. And the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival took the opportunity to showcase this story on the stage this year.

This play of Sunil Shanbag’s at the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival was of great stimulation, emotion, and reflection. During the event, there were moments of fun too in the show. This was one of that performance that was best enjoyed live.

The Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation is a non-profit charitable trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art and Culture, Education, and Community. It seeks to embody the lifelong passions and values of Vinod and Saryu Doshi, who believed that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture.

The Vinod Doshi, Pune Theatre Festival is one such segment that ignites the life of passionate artists. This annual festival has been promoting experimental theatre in Pune and Mumbai for the past 7 years and with the success of the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival – this occasion continues to be a mecca for theatre connoisseurs.

Satish Alekar’s Play ‘Mahanirvan’ at The 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival

Satish Vasant Alekar is a Marathi playwright, actor, and theatre director. He is the founder member of the Theatre Academy of Pune.  Satish Alekar is famous for his directed plays like Mahanirvan, Mahapoor, Atirekee,  Pidhijat, Mickey ani Memsahib, and Begum Barve. He is one of the most influential and progressive playwrights not just in modern Marathi theatre, but also in larger modern Indian theatre.

Satish Alekar had recently gone into a retirement phase, however, on special request by the Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival – he took the opportunity to revive one of his popular play –‘Mahanirvan’ – once again.

Mahanirvan is a narration about a dead man who wished to be cremated in a specific way, while his absent son is left to fulfil his father’s dying wish. The poignancy of death is underscored by dark humour and irony, as the responses of those around turn grief into satire. However, with musical forms like kirtan, abhang and bhajan – the play is narrated to the audience in a beautiful way.

The 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival was proud to have Satish Alekar on the stage direction after a hiatus. His presence just made the occasion more special.

It was quite gutsy for Satish Alekar to redo the classic he wrote and first directed in 1974. However, he was both happy and anxious to present the play to the next generation. Satish Alekar not only enjoyed the process of working with fresh talent – but also thanked the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival for giving him the opportunity to revive his favourite play.

For Vinod Doshi Theatre Foundation this has been an absolutely special decade. And Mahanirvan’ just added a special zing to the 10th Annual Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival. Overall, ‘Mahanirvan’ play was a huge success. It was appreciated and welcomed by a huge audience.

In a time where the world is fast shrinking into the mobile phone screen, true real experiences are very few and far in between. But with Vinod Doshi Theatre Festivals – you seem to live life in a beautiful way. The Vinod and Saryu Doshi Theatre is a platform for expression and performance – that the team has worked tirelessly to create. With a lot of love, the organisation aims to bring people together – not just to celebrate theatre and the performing arts in India, but also to celebrate life itself!

Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships 2018

With the cost of education becoming quite a costly affair, a lot of talented students are unable to fulfil their dream for higher studies. Today, the need for Humanities Scholarships and Fellowships in India is compelling and critical for our students more than ever before.

There are many public and private organizations in India that help talented students in need of financial assistance. The Vinod & Saryu Doshi Foundation is one such non-profit charity trust that supports initiatives in the fields of Art & Culture, Education, and Community. This foundation extends its support towards education by setting up a rigorous and challenging Post Graduate Fellowships in Liberal Arts & Sciences.

The main aim of the fellowship program is to enhance higher education by giving an opportunity to academically bright students who have the drive to succeed but are unable to do so due to their financial challenges.

Eligibility for Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships 2018:

  • Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowships supports students of Indian nationality who have received acceptance at a University abroad to pursue post-graduation studies commencing for August or September or October 2018.
  • The Fellowships are applicable to the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and
  • The maximum amount for the Fellowship is up to Rs 3 lakhs per candidate, which will be payable as a one-time
  • The last day to submit the application for Saryu Doshi Post Graduate Fellowship 2018 is May 7th,
  • Candidates studying in the final year of the degree or equivalent may also apply for this fellowship provided they are able to submit their final year certificates before May 07th, 2018.
  • For more details on this program, candidates can visit: http://vsdf.org

VSDF is one of the most recognized organizations that offers Humanities Scholarships and fellowships in India.  VSDF has spent a considerable part of their lives supporting causes in the fields of Art & Culture, Education, and Community. Thanks to all the kind people working under this foundation, and the owners who are supporting the trust financially, in fulfilling and enhancing the less fortunate student’s life both financially and mentally. Else it would be difficult for our skilled students to fulfill their dreams in case of lack of support.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation Theatre Festival in Pune 2018

Theatre festivals not only catalyze the theatre culture in India but also provide a platform for new talent and unique works. These festivals make their best to keep the creative culture on its toes in the country. Since they are organized in different cities, each festival comes with its own unique flavors and features absorbed from the culture around it. Moreover, they explore a wide range of talents and styles of theatre, making it an experience no one would want to miss. If you’re planning to take to explore some good, theatre for yourself, then here’s something exciting for you.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi Foundation are organizing its 10th Theatre Festival in Pune 2018. The Foundation seeks to embody the lifelong passions and values of Vinod and Saryu Doshi – who believe that the mind is enriched through education and the spirit through art and culture. This popular theatre festival in Pune 2018 will be organized at ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Natyarguha’ from February 19-23 at 7.30 pm.  The schedule is as follows:

  • The festival begins with a modern Indian theatre classic – ‘Mahanirvan’ written and directed by Satish Alekar. Language – Marathi
  • Day 2 will showcase the performance of ‘Words have been uttered’. It explores the expression of dissent written by Sapan Saran and Irawati Karnik, directed by Sunil Shanbag. Language – Urdu/Hindi/Punjabi
  • Day 3 will stage a Hindi musical ‘Bandish 20-20000 Hz’ by Purva Naresh. Language –  Hindi
  • Day 4 will showcase a ‘Mahabharata’ – unique performance art piece created using puppets and live bodies by Delhi-based and international acclaimed artist Anurupa Roy. Language – Hindi/English
  • The festival will wind up with ‘Yayati’ – a modern Indian theatre classic written by Girish Karnad and directed by Arundhati Raja. Language – English

This upcoming Vinod and Saryu Doshi theatre festival in Pune 2018 is absolutely special. The festival plans to revive two classical plays, one each in Marathi and Kannada.  These plays will be brought alive for a completely new audience. In fact, ‘Yayati’ – Karnad’s classic from the 60’s will be staged for the first time in Pune. The best part of this theatre festival in Pune 2018 is the post-play interaction between the makers and the audience.

Vinod and Saryu Doshi’s theatre festival is a melting pot of ideas, talent and inspiration, and a symbol of India’s buzzing theatre culture.  This event has showcased memorable performances include Naseeruddin Shah’s Ismat Apke Naam and Mohit Takalkar’s Gajab Kahani (commissioned for the festival) that was consequently invited to perform at the prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav in Delhi. With great value to young playwrights, directors and other ‘rangkarmis’ The Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival continues to be a talent house for theatre connoisseurs.