Director: Amod Bhatt
Group: Rangpurva, Mumbai
Language: Hindi
Duration: 50 mins

 

 

The Performance Note
This performance is based on the works of a noted film and theatre personality from India, Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth (19 September 1929 – 1 September 2002), lovingly called ‘Baba Karanth’ by the theatre fraternity. Throughout his life he was director, actor and musician of modern Indian theatre both in Kannada as well as Hindi, and one of the pioneers of Kannada new wave cinema. He was born in Dakshina Kannada. He was an alumnus of the National School of Drama (1962) and later, its director (1977-1981). He directed many successful plays and award-winning works in Kannada cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri.
To evaluate the contribution of B.V. Karanth is like fathoming the ocean. His contribution to theatre has been immense, and so has been his theatre-music – Rang Sangeet, a term coined by him and which gave him a landmark identity. It is difficult to say whether his Rang Sangeet was an inspiration that he received from his first guru Gubbi Veeranna who said, ‘Gao to aisa lage samvaad bol rahe ho, aur bolo to aisa jaise ga rahe ho’ (Sing as though delivering a dialogue and speak as if you are singing), or his childhood interaction with Yakshagana. But there is no doubt that Baba Karanth was a maestro who could turn a dry text into a theatrical melody.

We will be showcasing the work done by him at Bharat Bhawan Rangmandal. The songs taken are from the following plays: Skandgupt, Mahanirvaan, Ghashiram Kotwal, Malvikagnimitram, Three Penny Opera, Insaf Ka Ghera, Servant of Two Masters and many more.

The Director
Amod Bhatt was born in a traditional family totally devoted to classical music. He started learning music at the age of four from his Nanaji and mother Smt. Nirmala Bhatt. He got theatre-music training from renowned theatre personality and Guru Shri B.V. Karanth when he was a member of the theatre repertory company (1981 to 1997) of Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal, popularly known as ‘Rangmandal’. Later, he started composing music for theatre, feature films, ad films, TV serials & music albums.
Amod Bhatt has composed music for more than 100 major theatre productions in many languages, and directed by theatre directors of national and international repute. Some of the plays that he has composed the music for are – Yahoodi ki Ladki, Phaedra, Rashoman Gate, Mrittunjay, Raja, Daldal, Parindo ki Sabha, Andha Yug, Athanni Mumbai Mahanagar Ki, Purab Ka Chhaila, Vedhpashya, Magadh, Mitti ki Gadi & Midsummer Night’s Dream (Telugu), Madhushala (poetry). Recently he composed music for Molière’s play Tartuffe at Sydney, Australia, Premchand’s Godan, Satbhashe Raidas and Maati (an adaptation of Lorca’s play Yerma). These were directed by Mahesh Dattani & Doma Dolkar Yeti at Mumbai. As the music director of Piya Behroopiya a play directed by Atul Kumar, he visited many countries. He has also composed the music for the feature film Mohalla Assi, directed by Dr Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Gulzar had written the lyrics. Amod Bhatt is a visiting faculty of theatre music for Drama School Mumbai, Academy of Theatre Arts (Mumbai), Kala Academy (Goa) and M. P. S. D. (Bhopal). Amod got the Indian Telly Award for Best Music Direction (2013) for Serial Upanishad Ganga produced by Chinmaya Mission. He is also the proud recipient of prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2014) for Theatre Music. He has travelled to South Korea, London, Paris, Wuzhen (China), Singapore, Chile, Dubai, Muscat, USA & Canada.

The Group
Rangpurva is a highly versatile institution of theatre-music largely rooted in Indian traditions. Established by Amod Bhatt and Subhashree Bhatt in year 2005, Rangpurva has performed in various parts of the country including national and international theatre festivals like Sangeet Natak Akademi Festival, Gubbi Music Festival, Ranga Shankara (Bangalore), Bharat Bhavan Festival (Bhopal) and many more. Rangpurva also conducts theatre music workshops and seminars. It produces its own plays and is committed to promote Indian musical theatre, and to preserve Indian music & cultural heritage.

Cast & Credits
Narration Samir Dalvi
Lead Singer Subhashree Bhatt
Singers/Actors Ajay Jayram
Krishna Gopal
Sachin Jadhav
Vipin Heeru
Bhanu Pratap Singh
Bhumika Dubey
Purva Bhatt
Rhythm Sada Mulik
Ram Kumar
Ravindra Belbansi
Flute Rajeev Prasanna

Script Atul Tiwari
Concept & Direction Amod Bhatt

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