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Kojagiri program

"Aayushyaawar Boloo Kaahee"

by Sandeep Khare & Salil Kulkarni


Saturday, October 20th 2007

Music program on Gulzar "Raat Chand Gulzar"

Gulzar's first film as a director was Mere Apne. For casting the hero, he approached several established and well known actors, but they all politely refused. One of them was forthcoming in his refusal and pointed out that Mere Apne was woman-centric and did not have a challenging role for him. "If you ever have a subject that has a pivotal role for me, I'll do it". Who was this actor?


Participate in the Quiz on Gulzar. Please send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The 10th correct answer wins a free $20 ticket to the Raat Chaand Gulzar program


Sunday 4 p.m. September 30 McAfee Theater, Saratoga High School
20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070

Marathi Film "Restaurant" (with English Subtitles)

Together with Q&A with Producer Ajit Bhure

Sunday, July 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. At De Anza College Film/TV Department Theater in Room ATC120

(Co-sponsored by De Anza College Film/TV Department)

Hans Akelaa documentary on Pdt Kumar Gandharva
by Jabbar Patel

Monday,July 2nd 2007

CalAA presents

"CalAAkaar "
Deepak Karanjikar, Rekha Marathe, Sudhir Alekar, Vini Bhave

"Saawar Re" is a story of an intelligent, career-minded Indu who is confused and disturbed by the direction her life has taken. She calls her friend-philosopher-and-guide Wyankatesh to help her. Wyankatesh tries to analyze her problem in a very logical, methodical and unemotional manner. But finally ......


Shows also at Washington, DC on Dec. 16th,  Philadelphia on Dec. 17th, Atlanta  Jan. 13th


Ekankika "Sathecha Kaay Karaycha"

BMM Convention , 2007

California Arts Association (CalAA) presents
AshtaNaayikaa A Musical and Dance Journey showcasing the Eight Classical Heroines


The ancient Indian sage Bharat-muni outlined eight types or moods of the   heroine (“ashTa-naayikaa”) in a 2000 year old treatise about Performing Arts, entitled “NaaTya Shaastra”. These characterizations are evident even in modern times; in songs, films and classical dance. Calaa’s “AshtaNaayikaa” will enthrall non-connoisseurs  and connoisseurs of classical art, through an entertaining presentation of scenes in Bhartnatyam and Kathak, songs by Bay Area talent, and original film clips.

Concept and Choreography
Supriya Puranik
Lead Dancers
Supriya Puranik, Nandini Kanhere
Supporting Dancers
Janhavi Athavale, Mrunmayi Fulambarkar, Pooja Kundargi, Sarika Modak, Meghana Karmarkar, Swapna Dhamdhere
Anupama Chandratreya, Vivek Datar, Subhash Kulkarni, Abhinay Padhye,
Arvind Kansal
Atul Vaidya
Yogesh Bhagawat

Special Show for CalAA Premees before a show at
BMM Seattle Convention
Saturday, June 16th
from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Los Altos High School's
Eagle Theater

Tickets $15.


Online Booking is Closed Tickets available at Theater

Pu. La. Ek Anand Yatra


Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Jain Bhavan Auditorium
A Brihan Maharashtra Mandal (BMM) Talent Transfer Project Presentation http://www.mmbayarea.org

Marathi movie "Maati Maay"


Produced,Written and Directed by
Chitra Palekar
Nandita Das as Chandi
Atul Kulkarni as Nurse
Kshitij Gavande as Bhagirath
Mahasweta Devi
Debu Deodhar
Bhaskar Chandavarkar
Production Designer and Associate Director
Arundhati Chattopadhyay
Hemanti Sarkar
Vijay Bhope Neel Chattopadhyaya
Dipan Chatterji
Art Director
Sanjay Dhabade
Arundhati Chattopadhyay, Pratima Joshi
Exec. Producer
Vijay Shirke


Sunday, March 25th 2007 at De Anza College Film/TV Dept. Theater - ATC120

Marathi Naatak  "Final Draft"  and  "Makadachya hati champange"

Final Draft
Girish Joshi conducts teaching sessions on scriptwriting at the Media School. As part of their exercises, whenever he asks his students to cull out their own experiences, they try and put an imaginary story to it and exactly when he asks them to write an imagination, they tend to add realism to it. What is the cause for this? This was the thought that inspired him to write out this play.

The Synopsis:
Gone are those days when one could watch only one channel of Doordarshan and a few regional channels as well. This is the revolution era of the entertainment industry and you can find multiple channels, serials being aired
throughout the day. This need has given birth to new writers, directors, technicians and actors – and consequently courses and then media schools where such courses get conducted. This is a story of a professor and his student
from a television academy – he teaches the script-writing course at this academy.

The protagonist is this girl who is unable to grasp what the professor teaches at the academy and when he realizes that, he invites her home to give her special coaching. The professor triggers off these questions in the girl’s mind – “What are the basics of writing? What is the story structure? What is imagination? What is the exact difference between real life and fiction? Discussions and counter reactions over these issues soon start making a foray into their personal lives. The girl has come to town from a small village and till date has led a very confused and directionless life. She is an average intelligent girl but is troubled by the thought that life has got nothing better to offer her – she has ambition to become a prolific writer but is unwilling to put in hard work and bring about
changes within her to do so. Hence she is unable to complete even a small exercise given by her professor. This continues over the next few sessions but she is unable to improve. Perhaps this is because, she has read the professor’s work ever since she was a child and when she meets him, she realizes he is not what she thought him to be and starts disliking him.  The professor, who has managed to earn some name for him 15 years before, is
trying to write a play since the last 3 years. But he is not happy with his work. He is not given due respect at the Academy. On his personal front, he has an incompatible relationship with his wife and has become surely irritable. He is unable to answer some very basic questions asked very innocently by this girl and this hurts his ego. He is perplexed – he feels his personal life and his writings are sometimes poles apart – he is unable to do justice to both.

Both these characters – deeply hurt and scared within – throw important questions of their lives at each other. The main reason of discussing their subject of “scriptwriting” is left aside and they start digging at each other’s personal lives. They hurt each other as if they want to gain their own self-respect by doing so. A likelihood of close proximity developed amongst them, elopes and they part. But something very positive gets generated out of this – they realize their agonies, blemishes, faults and for the first time, a ray of self-realization dawns in their minds. When they meet after some time….. Her story has got selected for some commercial project – she actually has been able to build a confidence that she can write well. The professor on the other hand completes his incomplete work of 3 years! A crispy tale which weaves its intricacies amongst the audience and one is left to wonder whether there are more underlying tones to the entire drama than what have been portrayed. As many people, those many thoughts and those many conclusions!

Makadachya hati Champagne

This two act play written by Dr. Vivek Bele is a humorous comment made on the manipulative overtures of the political mind. Political mind, because the manipulations may be designed and applied as much in mainstream politics as much in the personal relationships.

The characters in the play are three roommates, of which one imagines he has found his love. The friends address each other by names they have invented on the basis of their individual personalities. So, here we have the uncouth and aggressive ‘Chaku (Knife)’, who brings home the woman he would like to marry to meet his friends ‘Pustak (Book)’ who like his name goes by the book and ‘Makad’ a T.V channel journalist who could move heaven and earth to find news.

The lady herself is unabashed about changing her mind when it suits her, and moving on with life. With no answerability to an erasable past she aptly renames herself ‘Pencil’.

The story becomes a chain of witty battles between the four characters as Pustak and Chaku both woo Pencil while Makad eggs on both individually. The duel goes on parallel to the Elections news that is being shown on TV.
The two men vie for the lady’s favors just as the opposing candidates vie for public support. The media and Makad meanwhile enjoy the show as long as the bottle of champagne is not opened. Because champagne means celebration and celebration means everybody is happy which clearly does not agree with their psyche.

Then Pencil marries Pustak and things seem to come to a dead end. But Makad would not let that happen. He now convinces Chaku that he is not out of the race and that he can still have his love back. Strategies are built, manipulations galore and wit abounds. Every time there is a possibility of stability, Makad the media man becomes restless and succeeds in unsettling the situation once again. Who gets the lady, who gets the chair? Whom does the lady favor, whom does the public uphold? In a thoroughly enjoyable laughter ridden two hours of moves and
countermoves, Director Girish Joshi brings out the stark insensitivity and selfishness of the human mind in no uncertain terms.

Final Draft

Professor: Girish Joshi
Student : Mukta Barve

Writer/Director/Set Design
Girish Joshi

Assistant Director
Aditya Ingale

Lights Design / Operation
Anil Takalkar

Music - Rochan Ganoo

Sound - Sanjay Bendre

Make Up
Shrikant Agashe

Shubhangi Damle

Santosh, Yogesh

Production In Charge
Dr. Ravindra Damle

Makadachya hati Champagne

Pustak :  Sandesh Kulkarni
Makad  :  Anand Ingale
Chaku  :   Vivek Bele
Pencil  :  Sharvani Pillai

Dr. Vivek Bele

Director and Set Design
Girish Joshi

Music Director
Narendra Bhide

Light Design& Operation
Anil Takalkar

Music Operation
Rochan Ganu

Kalyani Kulkarni

Chintamani Wartak

Make Up
Shrikant Agashe

Back Stage
Santosh,Kachre, Trupti

Production In charge
Dr. Ravindra Damle, Shubhangi Damle

Sunday, March 18th 2007 at Cal State East Bay TheaterClick here for reviews

Select Top 25 Short Films from
Pinnacle ICE 2006


On Saturday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day At De Anza College Theater - Room AT120

Short Film Festival

The Book Anay Tarnekar


On Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12.30PM At Fremont Main Library 2400 Stevenson Blvd, Fremont, CA 94538
This event is free-of-charge for all CalAA Premees Please send RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  if you plan to attend


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