Handpicked: Upcoming Events (Feb 22 – Feb 26)

1.Freakin’ Highlarious Presents Kunal, Amogh & Daniel Fernandes
Cost: Rs. 300
When: Feb 22
Where: High Spirits, KP
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1224410807672525/

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2. Acoustic Thursday Ft. Raiez Khan
Cost: Free
When: Feb 23
Where: Raasta Cafe, Camp
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405525142813393/

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3. Manshha Ki Shaadi
Cost: Rs. 250 per ticket
When: Feb 23
Where: Lost the Plot, Aundh
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1247784771966951/

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4. 6th DMCS National Short Film Festival
Cost: Free
When: Feb 24 – Feb 25
Where: Namdev Auditorium, Savitribai Phule Pune University
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1852348355054301/

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  1. The Wassup Flea
    Cost: Rs. 150
    When: Feb 25 – Feb 26
    Venue: Vrindavan Lawns, Baner
    For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/223076701487429/

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6. Canvas
Cost: Rs. 350
When: Feb 26
Where: Pimpri Railway Station
For more info: http://www.meraevents.com/event/vanarsena-canvas?ucode=organizer

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7. Pune Farmers’ Market
Cost: Rs. 100
When: Feb 26
Where: Balkrishna Lawns, KP
For more info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1817157851869473/

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Mark your Calendar for this 26th!

What if I told you, you can spend your Sunday enjoying some great music, having some great food, and doing something absolutely fun. Sounds fascinating? It surely is. Vanarsena, a group of city’s most promising artists, who have already done some noteworthy work (like the beautification of Pune Railway Station), are soon organizing a public participation graffiti event. Here is all the information you need:

Where to Register: http://www.meraevents.com/event/vanarsena-canvas?ucode=organizer

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Sounds fun, doesn’t it? What better than spending a few hours to beautify your city, while having lots of fun. I am surely going to be there with my complete gang. Aren’t you?

Make sure you don’t miss the clowns at the Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival

The Shakespeare Comedy Theatre Festival saw a grand opening in Pune yesterday. Held at the Nehru Memorial Hall, the festival saw huge crowds of literature and theatre lovers. Being a deep-dyed Shakespeare lover myself, there was no way I was going to miss out on this one.

Initially, I was a little skeptical how it would be to watch a Shakespearean tragedy as comedy, especially Hamlet, which is often considered Shakespeare’s most heart-wrenching tragedy. However, that is one thing that got me all the more excited. Having only seen the characters in my head so far, I couldn’t wait for them to come alive on stage; and for the depressed, revenge-driven Hamlet to make me laugh.

The play opened up with a group of clowns arguing over which play to enact. A few minutes of hilarious discussion later, they finally decide on Hamlet. The first scene of the play is the one where Hamlet is depressed after attending his father’s funeral and finding out about his mother’s remarriage to his uncle. Soon after, it moves on to the scene  where the King’s ghost tells Hamlet how his death was a murder and who was responsible for it. The clowns then enact The Mousetrap, Ophelia’s drowning, the fencing match, the fall of the Queen, and we all know how Hamlet ends right?

Needless to say, all the actors in the play – Mr. Vinay Pathak, Rachel D’souza, Neil Bhoopalam, Namit Das, Sujay Saple, and Puja Sarup have delivered beautiful performances. I especially liked the way the actors interacted with the audience and made them feel a part of it, a power that theatre enjoys over cinema. Rajat Kapoor’s brilliant direction, along with the perfect balance of tragedy and comedy makes the play a must-watch. The play is so well constructed that even those who have not read Hamlet can enjoy it with a lot of ease.

So don’t hold yourself back depending on whether or not you are a Shakespeare lover. You can enjoy this adaptation more as an amateur I would say. Because the play can very well be someone’s gateway into the world of Shakespeare.

Thank you, dear clowns, for letting us enjoy the wonderful work of Shakespeare once again.

I am afraid there may be only a few tickets available for the Punekars now. However, enthusiasts from other cities may book their tickets here: https://in.bookmyshow.com/special/shakespeare-comedy-theatre-festival#