Sharjah: ‘Zhuz’, ‘Anvkar Mestri’at SMMKC’s Konkani Theatre Festival on Dec 1

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Sharjah, Nov 20: St Michael’s Mangalorean Konkani Community (SMMKC), under the guidance of spiritual director Fr Stephen Lewis, is all set to organize ‘Konkani Theatre Festival’ on December 1 at Sharjah Worship Center, next to St Michael’s Catholic Church, Sharjah.

The festival will host Konkani’s well-known theatre groups from Mangaluru, Padua Ranga Adhyayana Kendra and Astitva, Mangaluru. After numerous shows in Mangaluru and Mumbai, the teams which are known for the modern theatre, will be performing in Gulf for the fist time. The show will start at 7 pm sharp.


Konkani Theatre Festival – SMMKC’s fourth major project

After the humongous success of Wilfy Nite in the year 2016, ‘Konkani Theatre Festival’ is a dream project initiated by SMMKC. The main purpose of the show will be in line with their motto to bring Mangalureans together one more time and present them with unique experience through these quality plays.

The teams are set to play two much acclaimed dramas namely ‘Zhuz’, written by Fr Alwyn Serrao, with acting and direction by Christy Ninasam and Clanwin Fernandes and presented by Padua Ranga Adhyayana Kendra, Mangaluru, and ‘Anvkar Mestri’, written by Amar Cha Fra D’Costa, directed by Denis Monteiro, and presented by Astitva, Mangaluru.

About performing groups:

Padua Ranga Adhyayana Kendra, Mangaluru

Padua Ranga Adhyayana Kendra is an organization of theatre lovers. The members of the organization include lecturers, film actors, teachers, students and literature & art lovers. The organization trains theatre students in acting, directing, music, lights and sound operation and preparation of props. The members meet to read and discuss stories and scripts. So far, the group has written and produced many plays in Konkani, Kannada and Tulu languages. It also has organized drama festivals and participated in state and national level festivals. Rejuvenation of Konkani and experimentation in theatre is the main thrust of the organization.

Astitva, Mangaluru

A spark of small thought is the reason for the establishment of this group. When people run behind modernization, the main objective of the group is to find our lost identity. The group consisting of youth started under the programme called ‘Payana’ which means journey. Under this programme, the group travelled to villages, lived with villagers and worked in fields from fishing to manuring the fields. The group is comprising of art lovers, who professionally are lecturers, nurses etc. Astitva has performed in various parts of Mangaluru and Mumbai.

This indeed will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for all Konkani theatre lovers in this region. For more details and invitations, contact:

Godwin: 050-1085195, Sannu: 050-8531834. Deepak: 050-8765446 and Laveena: 050-5762946.


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    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    The rare opportunity but the best privilege SMMKC prepared to welcome all theatre lovers, Konkani premies and quality entertain seekers, December 1st,2019 at Sharjah Worship Centre Auditorium.
    Please do come to encourage us, support the artist arrived from the homeland and spend quality time with your own community.
    Hope to see you all in large numbers on 01-12-2019 at 6.00 pm.
    Mark Denis D'Souza

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  • Andrew L D Cunha, Bejai

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Dear UAE friends, don't miss this opportunity to experience these top quality dramas. This team is the BEST and they will touch your hearts. I am waiting here in Mangalore to experience their next drama as they have always mesmerized me with their acting skill and technique. All the best to the team and organisers.

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