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Coconut Theatre's Chai-Wai and Rangmanch - 2020 helps connect theatre to its audience


Theatre veterans share their experiences with enthusiasts on online sessions held on Coconut Theatre's Facebook page.

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The theatre world, which depends on live performances, has been especially hard hit during the ongoing pandemic. Offering a platform to help theatre connect with its audiences, Coconut Theatre has launched Chai-Wai & Rangmanch – 2020, where online sessions will be held with theatre veterans from India and other countries. The sessions are open for all and no registration is required.

Veteran actors, award-winning playwrights directors, make-up artists, music composers, designers, choreographers and technicians are all part of this initiative, which has already seen many of them share their experience. The sessions have been enjoying a wide reach despite time differences. 

Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Rita Ganguly, Sangeet Natak Akademi award winner Dolly Ahluwalia, veteran director Bansi Kaul, Ashok Bhagat, associate professor at the National School of Drama (NSD), Suresh Sharma, director, NSD, director Nadira Babbar and artistes Manoj Joshi, Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry, Rohini Hattangady and Himani Shivpuri have already held their sessions under the initiative.

Some of the theatre personalities who will be seen in future sessions include Makarand Deshpande, Mahesh Dattani, Chandrakant Kulkarni Salim Arif, KK Raina, Lillete Dubey, Ila Arun, Rakesh Bedi, Raghubir Yadav, Alok Chatterjee, Saif Hyder Hasan, Asif Ali Beg, Sachin Khedekar, Sandip Soparrkar, Vijay Kenkre, Suchitra Pillai, Ananth Mahadevan, Vipul Mehta and Ramesh Talwar, among others. 

Speaking about the initiative, Rashmin Majithia, Managing Director, Coconut Media Box LLP said, "The objective is to connect the entire theatre fraternity locally and globally on one platform to emphasize avenues of learning as well as to build a career. Our vision is to achieve 100 plus sessions before 31st July.” She also said that an archive of the sessions would be made available shortly on the Coconut Theatre YouTube Channel free of cost. 

The sessions are held on Coconut Theatre's official Facebook page at 6pm IST.