The 3rd of November is when the Prithvi Festival 2016 officially begins. This significant theater festival organized by Kunal Kapoor (son of Hindi cinema legend Shashi Kapoor) is an important annual cultural event that the “City that never sleeps” (i.e. Mumbai) is fortunate to experience. The fact that famous national as well international drama troupes have performed during this festival only indicates the true class and significance of this festival. Now, the question to be asked is, what makes Prithvi, a theatre located in an secluded spot in Juhu ,a posh suburb in Mumbai so unique? The answer to this question lies in four key features that this magnificent theatre possesses. They are as follows
1. The Theatre/Stage:
According to the official website of Prithvi ,the hallowed theatre/stage apparently witnesses approximately 643 shows annually. The ticket rates for a performance ranging from a minimum of Rs 150 and a maximum of Rs 500. The unique feature about the theatre/stage is that it provides for a feeling of intimacy between the audience and the performers (i.e. the real essence of theatre). Furthermore, this intimacy is in fact what a genuine theatre artist lives for i.e. a mutual exchange of give and take with the audience. Actors as versatile and great as Nasseruddin Shah and Om Puri have graced this hallowed theatre/stage with their magnetic presence, with the play “Udhwastha Dharmashala” written by GP Deshpande and staged by Nasseruddin Shah, Om Puri, and Benjamin Gilani being the first to have been performed at Prithvi on 5th November 1978.
2. The Prithvi Cafe:
Surrounded by beautiful green trees and bamboos is a wonderful cafe. Apart from its green surroundings, an amazing tranquility that the atmosphere of this cafe exudes is what makes it extremely special. As for food and drinks, this cafe is famous for its Irish coffee, pipping hot cutting chai, and for its delicious brownies.
3. The Prithvi Bookstore:
Filled with classic books belonging to authors from the world over, the Prithvi Bookstore is an absolute treat for genuine book lovers. The fact that this amazing bookstore comprises of classic books based on topics as varied as literature, theatre, movies, international issues etc. In addition, to brilliant books this bookstore also possesses a small but great collection of documentary movies thereby, making it an ideal spot for book lovers as well as for movie connoisseurs.
4. The Prithvi Gallery:
A beautiful gallery is located in the foyer of the theatre. This regal looking gallery consists of five large walls and two small ones. This wonderful gallery consists of a number of beautiful paintings and photographs. In addition, this gallery also consists of beautiful ceiling lights that adds to its charm.
So with Prithvi Festival 2016 just around the corner here is hoping that this theatre led by Kunal Kapoor continues to keep the spirit of “Performing Arts” alive in the “City of dreams”.
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