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Dashavatar Drama Festival enthralls Mumbaikars…


The drama festival is to conclude on 10t November at Damodar Hall in Parel 

33Mumbai: The Dashavatar drama enthusiasts have received a rare opportunity to enjoy the Dashavatar drama festival here. The delight comprises of dramas based upon mythologies in which male actors perform the female characters, humorous dialogues in Malavani that enchant the audience. There is much fun and delight but one have to be there and make the time memorable…

The Dashavatar Drama Festival started on Monday at Damodar Hall, Parel. The festival is to conclude on 10th November.

The festival was started with ‘Tribhuv Sundari’, a play performed by ‘Parasekar Paramparik Dashavatar Natya Mandal’. Talking with Prahaar, Rajan Tirvedkar, volunteer and one of the organizers, said, “We have been organizing the fest from the year 1996. Natives of Konkan always give positive response to the activities and love the Dashavatar art form. Now the situation is like this that people themselves come forward and ask for the festival during the Diwali celebrations.

Many a times the organizers have to spend the money from their pockets to run the drama festival. But they are happy that folk art and its artists get survived with it. On an average the team of artists gets Rs 10 to 12,000 per performance. But the amount does not help much. Female folk artists aged more than 50 years and male folk artists aged more than 65 are offered Rs 1 to Rs 2,000 as an honorary sum.

K. Raghavkumar, state government’s ‘Swarraj Chhota Gandharva award winner’, said, “These artists come and perform here during Diwali festival. They perform at least 10 to 11 performances here before returning to Konkan,” he said.

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