Broadway and Theater

Improv Comedy Presents Duo's Comedy Night

Duo night - Improv Comedy, Mumbai

Great things come in twos. Improv Comedy Mumbai will be showcasing some of the best and newest comedy and improv duos in the Mumbai area.

Improv Comedy Mumbai's Unique "Improvised Bollywood" Show Goes to Berlin

Improvised Bollywood: Audience Interactive Indian Theater Production

Have you ever watched a Bollywood movie and thought to yourself, "Are they just making this stuff up?"

Well now Improv Comedy Mumbai have made that into a show! This 40 minute improvised homage to all those bad and good Bollywood movies that the Indian film industry has to offer is now acted out completely unscripted for the audience's entertainment dollar.

Watch a quick-look video.

The Yuva Natya Samaroh Bids Adieu After Eight Days of Power-Packed Performances

Hindi Stage Theater Drama Play ADHE ADHURE

From Ghalib to Kalidas to the urban reality of today. The Yuva Natya Samaroh depicted it all and enthralled the theater lovers of the capital with a series of plays.On the last day of the festival, young performers brought to stage the much-loved and frequently staged play Adhe Adhure that captures the story of an urban middle class family of dissatisfied members in a conformist society.

Over the past week, a wide varity of subjects played out in the form of various plays like Quaid-e-Hayat, Khusar Phusar, Bada Natakia Kaun, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Kabira Khada Bazar Mei, and Pratigya Yogandhrayad.

"Maharajas of Comedy" kicks off in New York City

The Maharaja's of Comedy
"Maharajas of Comedy" Group Picture Courtesy of Raj Belani Photography

Performing Comedians include Dan Nainan who has recently performed for President Obama and is known to deliver 100% clean material, Anish Shah headliner for the sold-out No Laughing Matter comedy tour in 2012, Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh, who has shared the stage with some of the biggest comedians including Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Bill Burr, and Russell Peters, Mark Saldana, named "The best Indian...if not Asian comic in the country" by The Los Angeles Times, and Paul  Singh, one of the only comedians who can perform in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Lastly, live via tape from India, Papa CJ delivered a special message.  A surprise dance act was also performed by New York based Aatma Performing Arts.

The Tale of the Lone Traveller: Kuntal Mukhopadhyay and Sanlap Kolkata; An article written by Nilanjann Nandy.


As I was reading his plays, I mean the paperback publications of his myriad thoughts, put on paper, having been acted out in numerous stages around this country and continent, I was wondering what if this man is not actually writing, in the true sense of the meaning of putting pen to paper, but simply puts his unique thoughts and arranges it in such a pattern that takes the form of “Ghare Phera”/ “Shudrayan”/ “Haye Raam” or Sanlap Kolkata’s latest “Niraasroy”, which mesmerizes with it’s veil like quality underneath which runs the ‘dark rivers of the heart’, which empties into an ocean of conscious understanding...which comes to one only after a thorough travel, a trek through the serpentine by lanes of the human mind...reading every subtle nuance and the whole range of colours which explodes in the deep recesses of our minds when we come face to face with ourselves through the characters in the drama that he portrays and which touches us with a fantastic vibrancy of warm flesh and blood?
 What if, the material that he explains as his script is nothing but the ‘whole result of his life-long search’? What if Kuntal Mukhopadhyay, the PhD holder in specifics of theatre, who is also the ‘main-spring’ of the “Sanlap Kolkata watch”, a professor, educationist, drama director, actor and a playwright is actually not a plain creative person, but a wanderer, a traveler, an explorer?

‘Maharajas of Comedy’ to launch in New York City

The Maharaja's of Comedy

New York, NY, February 1, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Celebrity Comedians join together in NYC to showcase the Maharajas of Comedy – A live 1 hour comedy show. "The Maharaja's of Comedy" is a 'stand-up' comedy show, featuring the performances of some of the world's top comedians of South Asian origin. The event is set to take place on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, at Mason Hall in New York City. Filmed in front of a live audience, comedians will give the audience their views on being South Asian in America. You'll hear personal stories of growing up, their families, their experiences, dating and a variety of other subjects. The Live show will air on a major television network this spring.

Bumbug the Musical: Heartfelt Take On a Christmas Classic Through an Immigrant’s Eyes (WBRi Review)

A scene from Bumbug - the Musical

Saniya Tabani watched the much-anticipated Broadway musical with an immigrant theme in New York and sent us this candid review.

Maru Behag Theater Group's Jolly Guha Roy: "I see inmates as ‘Amritsya Putra’ (God’s children)"

Jolly Guha RoyJolly Guha Roy told Washington Bangla Radio, “I look at them as ‘Amritasya Putra’ and treat every convict as God’s child. No one is a born criminal. Our society is the main setback which converts an ordinary person to a hardened criminal. It’s our society that is responsible for those unfavorable circumstances which lead a person to commit crime. But those unfortunate fellows should never be treated brutally. Lack in awareness, illiteracy, inhuman treatment and poverty are some of the elements behind the pathetic condition of these people.”

Sachin Gupta's "Wakeup Call" Play to be Performed by Chilsag Chillies Theatre Company in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Chilsag Chillies Theatre Company anounces the staging of its original critically acclaimed play 'Wakeup Call' by Sachin Gupta, an Off Broadway Playwright , Theatre Director & recipient of National award "Natya Bhushan".

The cast of the play features familiar Film & television faces alongwith other Theatre artists. It features film actor Gauri Karnik (Lead actor 'Sur' -Feature Film) & also includes Popular Television actors Anjum Farooki (Gauri in Balika Vadhu-Colors ), Rubina Dilaik (Radhika in Choti Bahu-a TV series on Zee TV), Praneeta Sahu (Kasturi fame, Uttaran-Colors), Kashmira Irani (Amber in Amber Dhara-Sony's Popular Television series),Nupur Joshi (Sumii-Do Hanso ka Joda-Colors & Rakhi-ZEE TV).

Bharati Mitra & Tagore Music Group of Washington Spellbind Capacity Audience with Chhobi - A Musical

Bengali Musical Production CHHOBIGermantown, Maryland, June 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On Sunday June 24, 2012, The Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC, lead by Bharati Mitra (interview) of Gaithersburg presented CHHOBI - A Musical to a mesmerized capacity audience at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The performance showcased an innovative collaboration between the Tagore Music Group and students of the Natyabhoomi School of Dance of Bethesda which is lead by Deepti Naville. Deepti teaches the Indian classical Bharatnatyam dance form while her sister Shruthi Mukund teaches fusion dance at Natyabhoomi.

Chhobi is adapted from a short story by iconic Bengali writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay set in Burma (Myanmar). The musical production stands out for successfully and seamlessly blending in songs by another Bengali icon - Rabindranath Tagore, and Burmese folk dances to the script as well as the general air of authenticity by using Burmese dresses and music. Shruthi Mukund of Natyabhoomi deserves kudos for successfully studying and learning Burmese folk dance from videos on the internet, choreographing and teaching her students all in a short time with impressive results on stage.

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