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Sankalp, MICA Presents Sakharam Binder and Mareechika
The annual campus and theatre festival of Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) was organised from 23-25th November 2012. The event was inaugurated by Varun Maira, author of the coffee table books 'Champaner - A Medieval Capital' .
MICA staged its annual theatre production, Sakharam Binder at Natrani Hall from 23-25 November 2012. The play is an adaptation of the eponymous play by Vijay Tendulkar and was performed to a packed auditorium on all three days.
Directed by Kshitij Rajoria and Surbhi Tiwari, the cast includes Shitiz Dogra, who has worked with NSD Repertoire and Vijaylaxmi Shinde, who has extensively worked in Marathi Theatre. The play is based on the eponymous play by Vijay Tendulkar that has attracted and enthused audiences worldwide since it debuted in 1972.
Here are quotes from various people who saw the first show:
Quote from Varun Maira, the Chief guest.
"Superb play. It is not an easy to adapt a play, particularly if it is Vijay Tendulkar's...MICANs have indeed done a commendable job! "
Quote from Shrey Chakravorty, played the role of Faujdaar in Sakharam Binder
"Natrani is a very unique space to perform at. With the river flowing behind us, and the huge tree over our heads, performing under the open sky is such a wonderful experience!"
Quote from Siddhartha Kathpalia, audience member
"I was deeply moved by the play. MICANs have done a spectacular task here, particularly the actors who fit so well in their roles. I was surprised to know that it is a 1972 play, considering it is so relevant even today."
Mareechika, the annual cinema and theatre festival of MICA, was inaugurated on 24th November 2012 with a small ceremony followed by several competitions spread across two days. The formal competitions held today are:
Anaavaran: Stage play competition
Dhwaniyan: Radio play competition
Udghosh: Street play competition
Rannshetra: Movie marketing competition
Drishtikon: Short-film making competition.
Prominent undergraduate and post graduate colleges from across the country such as IIM-A, IMI Delhi, SCHMRD and SIMC participated in this festival.
Cultural Performances were the highlight of the fest. 24th November saw a bonfire concert by Rubberband and a violin and drum performance with live painting. On 25th November, Delhi-based Atelier Group regaled the audience with their wonderful adaptation of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story. The play was performed by Kuljeet Singh and his troupe as the closing event of the fest. The play received a standing ovation from a visibly moved audience.
The two day fest was a theatrical extravaganza abound with music, ice cream eating competition, films, and of course, plays!
Sankalp, staying true to its name, carries within itself the spirit of dynamism and passion. In the past twelve years of its existence, Sankalp has performed renowned works such as Girish Karnad’s ‘Tuglaq’, Vijay Tendulkar’s ‘Encounter in Umbugland’, Dharmavir Bharti’s ‘Suraj Ka Satwan Ghoda’, Woody Allen’s ‘Death’ and Mahesh Dattani’s '30 Days in September.' Our next event, 'Mareechika', a mélange of thrilling performances and is slated for November 24-25th, 2012 on our campus.
All these activities find their home in MICA, a niche communications management school that is unique in terms of its pedagogy. The quality of students that MICA has been churning out year after year since its inception in 1991 and the heights these students have scaled are proof enough of the high standards that MICA epitomises. These factors have all come together to add to MICA's stature. Our events see enthusiastic participation from prominent institutes not only in Ahmedabad, but across the country. Over the years, MICA has also carved its own special place in the hearts of the people of Ahmedabad, who come out in full support of all our initiatives.