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Shanghai-Rangmanch Will Present Classic Love Saga On 22 April
This play will be presented at a well-known theatre in Shanghai and it has already created a buzz not only in Shanghai but also in other cities across China where Indians reside
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As an Indian, China and Shanghai bring in varied images, ideas and emotions. There is over four thousand Indian community in Shanghai that vibrantly celebrate all socio-cultural Indian events here, would you be surprised?
Now hold on to your seats… some of these Indians in Shanghai have come together to form a 'Shanghai - Rangmanch'. On 22 April, they will be presenting a professional three-day act Hindi play 'Aashadh Ka Ek Din'. This well-known play was written by famous playwright, Mohan Rakesh.
This play will be presented at a well-known theatre in Shanghai and it has already created a buzz not only in Shanghai but also in other cities across China where Indians reside.
All actors are working professionals. Despite being busy in work, they are dedicated to following the rigorous practice schedule for the play is indeed a commendable job.
Let us take the example of Mukesh Sharma, the Director of this play. Mukesh heads Indian IT firm in China. Also, he is on the board of the Indian Association (IA) in Shanghai.
He thus juggles his work commitments, his social obligations to give adequate time & efforts to guide this young team of Actors. It puts pressure not only on him but also his wife, Nidhi. She, on her part, is also fully dedicated towards this play. She is managing the difficult task of costumes and stage along with her friend Vandana Mengane. Other actors in this play such as Amit Waikar and Amit Mengane have international travel schedules which are rather hectic.
An innovative way to ensure that adequate practice was through long skype calls. Every actor, regardless of the location he/she was, made it a point to be present on every skype call. After these calls came to the actual live rehearsals. These were 6 - 8 hours long schedules on weekends and were hosted at one of the actor's home.
The language of this play is rich & exquisite Hindi. The challenge for the actors was compounded due to the fact that most of them were not native Hindi speakers. To overcome this challenge the Director and the production team organised one-on-one sessions to polish of the language skills and remove the flaws if there were any.
The D-Day is round the corner. The examination is on for each and everything. Costumes are being fine-tuned, expressions are being formalised... a lot is happening... at the same time. Last weekend was the photoshoot with a professional photographer & next week is the music release of the songs specially composed for this play.