Swarasamradhini written by Vidhyadhar Gokhale is being completely transformed by Shiledar sisters.
Both have revived the play in new format called Bhaithakichey Natak.
The artist instead of performing live will be seated.
They will be svcompanied by organ and Tabla.
A format some what similar to Bhaithakichi Lawani.
Deepti Bhagale took 6 months to shorten the script to 2 pages.
Kirti is once again all excited to sing variety of songs
Lawani, Thumari, Ghazal, Khayal, Bhavgeet
She gets to meet her audience after a very long sanbatical from stage.
Shiledars have retained all songs sung by maina in the play
Kashi keles maichi daina
Balama aaye rangeele
Tumadar kunache chaan
Only four charachters will be in the new format
Gangadhar buwa played by dyanesh pendharkar
Friend sister maina by kirti
A subplot of ecentroc singer was removed to reduce the play time to two hours
The role that she considers the highlight of her half-century career is Swarsamradhini,which was the Marathi adaptation of ‘My Fair Lady’. Her character Naina,based on the original character Eliza Doolittle. It was about the journey of a girl who performs lavani and how she undergoes a polishing treatment to learn shastriya sangeet. “The writer,Vidyadhar Gokhale,had sketched the character of Naina based on me. It is one of the best roles that I have enacted,as it is till difficult for me to specify where the character ended and the real me began,” says Shiledar,who later went on to actually learn sastriya sangeet from Abhyankar during the rehearsals of the play.
50 not outVeteran Marathi theatre artiste Kirti Shiledar reminisces about her journey through fifty years of theatre.
Veteran Marathi theatre artiste Kirti Shiledar reminisces about her journey through fifty years of theatre
Born with a theatre genere,she says her first performance was in her mother’s womb.
“My parents were dedicated to Marathi theatre.
During their time,they would visit different villages,in the same manner as a circus troupe,and perform shows for a month or two.
During one such visit,while my mother was pregnant,the villagers had requested her to perform at one of their shows because they wanted to hear her sing.
I call that my first stage performance,” says 60-year-old Kirti Shiledar,who completed 50 years in Marathi theatre on August 21 in 2012.
To mark the occasion,she had put up an act at Balgandharva Rangmandir,showcasing her journey through the years.
“The performance made me relive my life on stage. My niece and nephew played the role of my parents.
It was a very touching performance for me. But this is definitely not the end but only a milestone in my career,” says Shiledar.
The artiste recalls that she was tagged along to her parent’s theatre rehearsals and performances ever since she was a baby.
It was only at the age of ten years,her parents realised that they had passed on their legacy to their daughter.
It was the time of one-man-shows and she had gone to watch one such show with her parents.
“When I came back,I acted out all the melodrama and the mistakes that the artists had made during the show.
Soon,my elder sister and brother joined me in a performance of Saubhadra. I would change costumes and switch between the role of Krishna and his dasi in 20 seconds,” remembers Shiledar.
At the age of 12,she officially joined the Marathi Rangbhumi Natak Company that was founded by her parents and participated in various Marathi musicals,her favourite genre of theatre.
Trained in vocals by actor and musician Nilkanth Abhyankar,Shiledar picked up an inclination towards the tabla and learnt the instrument all by herself.
“I would love to play the tabla at rehearsals and could play particular rhythms in perfect sequence,” says Shiledar.
Concerned with the negligence towards musicals in Marathi theatre,Shiledar plans to bring a revival to the genre through talks,demonstrations and performances in art colleges in the city as well as in other countries.
“The time for theatre is tough.
Earlier there used to be one show a day,or maybe even one show every Friday,but nowdays there are three to four shows a day so the audience is confused with the choices,” says Shiledar,who also disapproves the habit of staying indoors and watching television and advocates going out for a theatre,dance or musical performance.