Deerghank Spardha : This competition is one of its kind and unique in nature. There have been many one-act plays as well as full-length play competitions organized by many institutions all over Maharashtra and beyond. We realised the need of the day and started conducting these competitions from the year 2004 for ‘Deerghankas’ , long one act plays with duration of 70 to 90 minutes. The winners in various categories such as writing, acting, direction, music, light and set design etc. are awarded handsome prizes. The best play amongst all is invited to perform in our prestigious theatre festival every year. This challenging competition is gaining popularity slowly but steadily year after year.
Su-Darshan Rang-Mahotsav : This 8 to 10 day theatre festival held every year in the month of January has become identity of the MCC. The event is organized from the very first year of establishment of Su-Darshan Rangamanch. It is a multilingual festival in which well-known theatre productions from all over India are invited. So far, groups like Aawishkaar (Mumbai), Padatik (Kolkata), Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangha, Theatre Unit (Mumbai) and directors such as Pt. Satyadev Dubey, Mr Ramu Ramnathan, Mr. Manav Kaul, Mr. Manoj Shah have presented their productions in Marathi, Hindi, English, Bengali and Gujrathi in this festival.
Grips Theatre Festival: This concept was developed in post-war Germany. It is a movement in the children’s theatre, in which adults perform the roles of child characters. Dr. Mohan Agashe, present president of MCC, transplanted this concept in India. Today, Grips plays are produced by a select few theatre groups in the country, and the MCC leads them all in the number of productions and performances as well. The MCC has produced 12 such plays and has performed more than 2000 shows all over the country. Mr. Shreerang Godbole has contributed a lot as a writer and a director towards this success.
Music Festivals in 2007
May 16th 07 “Nakshtra-Vel”: a concert of Marathi compositions by Nanda Pathak.
27th July 07 - “Ekaa Kawite Saathi”- A concert of Marathi Poems by Valay Mulgund & Musical composition by Chaitanya Kunte
Music Festivals in 2006
Jan 15th 06 – “Suran Gaao Saras” – concert of Bandish-s by Chaitanya Kunte with Anuradha Kuber and Pushkar Lele.
Jan 23rd 06 – Recital of Ravindra Sangeet by Meghana Sahasrabuddhe and Dattaprasad Ranade
Feb 10th 06 – “Ramdas Padawali”
March 06 – “Oorja” – Vocal recital by Harshad Dongre & Ravindra Parchure
April 5th 06 - “Samprati” – concert of Bandish-s by Chaitanya Kunte with Sameer and Prachi Dublay.
June 24th 06 – second performance of “Samprati” – concert of Bandish-s by Chaitanya Kunte with Sameer and Prachi Dublay.
25th to 29th June 06 - “Thumari - Bandish workshop” by Chaitanya Kunte
12th to 16th June 06 - “Bandish workshop” by Chaitanya Kunte
August 4th to 6th 06 – “Sangeet Sankalp mahotsav” –
Prabhat Kumar (Delhi) – Sarod, Aparna Kelkar (Pune) – vocal
Mrudula Moghe (Pune) – vocal, Mrs. Dala (Ahmedabad) – Sitar
Mr. Shah & Mr. Bhawsar (Nawsari) – vocal
Mrs. (Delhi) – vocal, Chaitanya Kunte (Pune) – Solo Harmonium, Chandrashekhar Mahajan (Pune) - vocal
Discourse with Dr. Ashok Da. Ranade –
18th Aug. 06 – concert by Dr. Ranade
19th to 22nd Aug. 06 – workshop on “Raag Bihag”
23rd to 26th Aug. 06 – Lecture series
“Music and Religion”, “Fusion Music to Confluence Music” and “New dimensions of Musicology”
1st to 3rd 06 Dec. – “Sudarshan Sangeet Mahotsav”
“Harmonium Solo” – concert by Dr. Arawind Thatte
“Kabir Baani” - Kabir in Folk Music of Malwa by Prahlad Sing Tipania
“Kalyaan Darshan” – special concert by Pt. Vijay Sardeshmukh.
Music Festivals in 2005
August 4th to 6th 05 – “Sangeet Sankalp mahotsav” –
Aparna Kelkar – Vocal recital & Prabhat Kumar (Delhi) – Sarod
Mrudula Moghe - Vocal recital, Smt. Dalal (Ahmedabad) – Sitar & Harish Bhawsar & Ashok Shah (Balsad) - Vocal recital
Mallika Banerji (Delhi) - Vocal recital, Chaitanya Kunte – Harmonium Solo & Chandrashekhar Mahajan - Vocal recital
August 26th to 28th 05 – “Sangeet Sankalp mahotsav” –
Nilesh Ranadiwe – Tabla Solo & Sitanath Biswas (Delhi) – Vocal recital
Arati Thakur - Vocal recital & Shridatta Sharma (Delhi) - Vocal recital
Shruti Adhikari (Bhopal) – Santoor, Jayant Kaijkar - Vocal recital & Vikas Gupta (Jaipur) – Sitar
Sept 30th to 2nd Oct 05 – “Sudarshan Sangeet Mahotsav”
“Laya-Saras-Gaan” – special concert by Arati Anklikar
Marathi Folk Music by Vitthal Umap
“Nayika-Bhaw-tarang” – Anuradha Kuber and raghunandan panshikar
Dec. 22nd 05 – “Oorja” – Vocal recital by Amol Nisal
Music Festivals in 2004
Friday, 3rd September 04, 7.00pm
Shri. BIRESHWAR GOUTAM
Concert of Thumri with Adakari
(Singing Thumari with enactment for unfolding the lyrical nuances)
Accompanists: Dilshad Khan (Sarangi), Chaitanya Kunte (Harmonium) and
Nikhil Phatak (Tabla)
Saturday, 4th September 04, 7.00pm
Smt. JAYASHREE PATNEKAR
Concert of Khayal of Gwalior Gharana
Accompanists: Bharat Kamat (Tabla) and Suyog Kundalkar (Harmonium)
Sunday, 5th September 04, 11.00am
Shri. Shounak Abhisheki and Dr. Ashwini Bhide – Deshpande
Theme-concert on Raag ‘Bhairavi’ with its types and Bandish-s in classical and
Accompanists: Chaitanya Kunte (Harmonium) and Bharat Kamat (Tabla)
Compeer: Manjiri Joshi
Panikkar Festival 2006
Shri Kavalam Narayana Panikkar, for four decades, has given a new lease of life for the age old Sanskrit drama tradition. He has also carved out a niche for himself in the evolution of a regional theatre movement making a major contribution towards National Theatre in Modern India.
‘Maharashtra Cultural Centre’ and ‘Atul Pethe Productions’ have jointly presented in 2006 a unique event of three day’s festival of plays by the veteran writer director from Kerala, Shri Kavalam Narayana Panikkar. This unique festival was a great feast to the theatre lovers of Maharashtra.
We presented three of Panikkar’s plays namely “Raja” and “Maya” in Malayalam and “Vikramorwashiyam” in Sanskrit on 19th,20th & 21st August 2006 at Balgandharva Rangmandir , Pune. Due to the herculean efforts of Shri. Atul Pethe this festival was a great success.