Activities

ChitraSarita
Screening of world-class movies and facilitate a dialog between the moviemakers and the common public.
ChitraSarita plans to bring the best of the breed movies from all over the globe and the people behind those movies to the Bay Area community. Going beyond the barriers of a spoken language, ChitraSarita strives to emphasis on the language of cinema. Not only the good old classics but also the creative work of this generation will be considered for presentation in ChitraSarita. We look at the cinema as a serious work and the most influential form of art. We also bring the people involved in movie-making process closer to the audience and help satisfy the common man's curiosity about all the aspects of this ever-glamorous industry.

 

Naatyapat
Archiving and sharing classic plays that offer enduring quality to aficionados and students of theater.
In spite of being a performing art, archival of theater has mostly been in the form of manuscripts, memoirs, critiques and photographs. We have taken a small step by starting the process of archival of classics on a regular basis. Marathi Theater has always been known for innovation and experimentation- both in the form and the content. It is true that it is impossible to package the raw energy of a live performance in a medium like teleplay. However, our first teleplay project ("Soorya Paahilelaa MaaNoos") showed us how this medium accentuates certain nuances of the performance, which are not easily noticeable in a live performance. Overall we have received encouraging response from the both the fans and the students of serious theater for this endeavor.

 

Drama/One-Act Plays
Platform for Bay Area drama enthusiasts to present distinctive dramas and one-act plays from mainstream and parallel theater.
Marathi mainstream theater is recognized as one of the top 4 successful theaters in India. It has a tradition spanning over many decades. At the same time, Marathi theater has been unique in a sense that the parallel theater movement has also been active and prolific despite the lack of commercial success and wider audience appeal. Many of us have grown up watching both the mainstream and parallel theater presentations and the works of Kanetkar, Matkari, Dalwi as well as Tendulkar, Elkunchwar and Alekar and many more playwrights that have made outstanding contributions to the Marathi theater. The theater enthusiasts here enjoy presenting challenging yet entertaining dramas and one-act plays. The discerning audience that may not otherwise get an opportunity to watch such powerful dramas, certainly appreciates CalAA's efforts in bringing such productions to the theater loving people here.

 

Lekhak Aapalyaa Bhetilaa
Unique opportunity to listen to the Authors and Playwrights present their own work and to have informal dialogue with them.
Marathi literature is extensive and varied. We all have our own collection of books and we keep adding to it everytime we come back from India. There are many authors and poets, playwrights and novelists, journalists and critics that we all like. We like to talk about their work and exchange books that we have read with each other. When an opportunity arises to actually hear them present their own work, it just gives a completely unique perspective. The informal dialogue with our beloved authors makes the entire event a memorable experience. CalAA plans to invite renowned authors, playwrights and poets for a presentation and informal dialogue with our audience. The first two presentations in this series were playreading by Satish Alekar and playreading by Vijay Tendulkar.

 

Music & Dance programs
Stage programs presenting various forms of vocal and instrumental music and dances from India.
Throughout the history of civilization, people have chosen dance and music to be the most popular media to express themselves. With its long history and cultural heritage, India offers a beautiful repertoire of music and dance forms. A very large spectrum of unique music and dance styles makes the experience rich and intriguing.
 

CalAA produces programs based on specific themes that would include performances based on Indian vocal and instrumental music and classical and folk dances.


CalAA's last program under this title was its tribute to the great Marathi poet and lyricist Shanta Shelke. A lucid narration took the viewers down the memory lane, meandering through her literary work, poems and songs performed by Bay Area artists.

 

CalAAnand
CalAAnand is for the enthusiasts within CalAA to present programs on a smaller scale.
'CalAAnand' is a bimonthly get together of more than hundred volunteers of CalAA, where they get a forum to present their talent through various programs and also an opportunity to critique performing arts presentations. This is a semi-formal but a well-organized event to discover new talent and also try out new ideas for programs, which may have a potential to become a major CalAA presentation in the future.

 

CalAA-TV
Our newest venture is CalAA-TV, where CalAA Volunteers produce a weekly 30-minute TV program called "Mood India"
After presenting outstanding programs in music, theater and films for over 2 years, CalAA is proud to launch its venture in Television. CalAA-TV has started its TV program titled "Mood India" on Mountain View's public access TV station KMVT-15 (Channel 15). "Mood India" will present programs covering Indian Classical Music (Instrumental and Vocal), Dance, Theater and all other Performing Arts. The entire TV production crew for CalAA-TV shows consists of enthusiastic CalAA Volunteers who have completed Studio Production course at KMVT-15. If you live in Mountain View, Cupertino or Los Altos, please watch our presentations every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. on Channel 15. If you live in Fremont and Newark, please watch our presentation every Tuesday Cable Ch 29 in Fremont, Cable Ch 27. For those living outside of the Telecast area, stay tuned.... We will soon bring our shows to your TV....

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