CalAA-California Arts Association is a four year-old organization founded by San Francisco Bay Area drama enthusiasts with a mission to produce and preserve creative performing arts. It aims at promoting experimentation while maintaining high quality.
Inspired by idea of providing platform for ‘Surya Pahilelaa Maanoos’ (A Man Who Saw the Sun), a teleplay produced in 2002 by Abhay Patil (a former bay area resident who now handles CalAA activities in Pune, India), CalAA was formed to produce and preserve such creative, innovative activities and programs. The teleplay was well received raising hopes about archival of quality productions like ‘Surya’ in the years to come. CalAA followed this with archival of another landmark play ‘Anand Owaree’ in 2004 and a documentary on world-renowned playwright Vijay Tendulkar titled ‘Tendulkar and Violence – Then and Now’ in 2005.
CalAA is a ‘not-for-profit’ organization, which financially supports itself through net proceeds from its events. The actors and actresses, directors, producers, and all other talent come from the local volunteers who donate their time for CalAA. CalAA has major events planned around the year covering Dramas, Music and Dance programs, Video Screening of unique Movies and Teleplays, Weekly TV Show, Workshops and Seminars and a popular platform ‘CalAAnand’ for the enthusiasts within CalAA to present programs at a smaller scale
CalAA’s productions include
: Shaantataa, Court Chaaloo Aahe (Vijay Tendulkar), Waadaa Chirebandee (Mahesh Elkunchwar) and Kamalaa (Vijay Tendulkar) in both Marathi and Hindi.
: Badakaanche Gupit (Ba. See. Mardhekar), Udaaharnaartha Ek (Dr. Sameer Kulkarni), Dhol-Taashe (Cham. Pra. Deshpande), Flat No. 36 (Madhuri Purandare), Saangaatee (Ratnakar Matkari), Saawalyaa (Chetan Datar), Chorichaa Maamalaa(Dario Fo/Rajesh Ghaskadvi), Niranjan, Malaa Uttar Havay (Va. Pu. Kale), and Saathecha Kaay Karaayacha? (Rajeev Naik)
: Musical skits and Kaay Zaalee Gammat (Sai Paranjape)
: Taree Asel Geet He (Musical Tribute to Shantabai Shelke), Suno Bhaai Saadho (music program in Hindi based on various musical forms related to devotional music), Shabdaawaachun Kalale Saare (violin program by Ramakant Paranjape) and Naatya Abhishekee (Musical Tribute to Pandit Jitendra Abhishekee)
: Sangam – The Confluence (Shambhavi Vaze and Parimal Phadke)
: Rutuchakraachee Aksharyaatraa (Closing Ceremony for BMM Convention in Atlanta in 2005)
: Naatya Prashikshan Shibeer (Madhav Vaze), Screenplay Writing Workshop (Ashok Rane)
Lekhak Aapalyaa Bhetilaa
: Informal dialogue with Prof. Satish Alekar, Vijay Tendulkar, Manohar Shahane, Vasant Abaji Dahake, Prabha Ganorkar, Avinash Dharmadhikari, Dr. Anil Awachat and Dr. Narendra Jadhav.
: CalAA’s latest venture is a TV program “Mood India” that is produced each month and televised weekly in 5 different cities in San Francisco Bay Area. We have covered Lecture/Demonstrations on Indian Classical Musical Instruments, Indian Classical Dance Styles and are currently focusing on Indian Classical Vocal Music.
: Film screenings of Simhaasan (Jabbar Patel), Dhyaasa-parva (Amol Palekar), Veer Savarkar (Ved Rahi), Dahaavee Fa (Sumitra Bhave/Sunil Sukthankar), Not Only Mrs. Raut (Gajendra Ahire), Waastupurush (Sumitra Bhave/Sunil Sukthankar), Devraai (Sumitra Bhave/Sunil Sukthankar), Shwaas (Sandeep Sawant), Pak Pak Pakaak (Gautam Joglekar) and Uttaraayan (Bipin Nadkarni)
Short Film Festival
: Short Films by Umesh Kulkarni, Cheryl Kanekar and Sudhir Kadam
Invited Plays from India
: Mitra, Nakalat Saare Ghadale, Ithe Havay Kunaalaa Prem and Appa Ani Bappa from Suyog and Aasoo Ani Hasoo and Goad Gulaabee from Chandralekha
: is a bimonthly get together of CalAA Volunteers, where they get an opportunity to critique performing arts presentations and a forum to present their talent through various programs. This is semi-formal but well organized event to discover new talent and also try out new ideas for programs, which may become a major CalAA event in the future.
CalAA has received accolades from discerning audience for highly creative and top quality programs and has established itself in culturally active San Francisco Bay Area in very short period of time. CalAA is always looking for new talent and volunteers as well as suggestions for improvements.
For more information, visit www.calaaonline.com