NCPA in Association with Silly Point Productions Presents ‘Gandhi The Musical’

Entertainment | March 9, 2017 | News

NCPA Silly Point Productions

Musicals have shaped the world of performing arts. Last year India saw the Beauty and the Beast opening the floodgates for musical theatre in the country. Another hit musical off late was Mughal E Azam. After receiving spectacular reviews from the viewers for its last season, NCPA, in association with Silly Point Productions is back with the second season of ‘Gandhi—The Musical’ which recaps the life of the Father of our Nation. The production will be staged at National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai on weekends beginning April 1 to April 9.

The first of its kind on an Indian stage, the theatre show includes 16 original songs, 2 adaptations and 12 choreographed dances, along with lavish sets that’ll transport audiences to the days of the independence struggle.

Deepa Gahlot, Head Programming – Indian Theatre & Film, NCPA remarked, “The Jamshed Bhabha Theatre is unarguably the best equipped theatre in India, that has a seating capacity of 1100, which works well for big productions like Gandhi. The large size of the stage, the wide wing space and multiple fly bars enable the performing group to use multiple sets and change them quickly. It was designed to be an opera venue so it has all the grandeur one expects from an auditorium of such beauty and elegance--inside and out.”

Written & Directed by Danesh A.R. Khambata, Gandhi is a Broadway style musical which depicts the journey of Gandhi with songs and dance numbers. Music Composers are Nariman Khambata and Rahul Pais The musical will also feature Bollywood actor Boman Irani as ‘The Raj’ – a voice that portrays the system that Gandhi was constantly battling against.  Gandhi — The Musical is a story of this remarkable man’s journey over time, his experiences and experiments with Truth.

Danesh Khambata, Partner, Silly Point Productions commented, “Gandhi - The Musical entails this remarkable man's journey, his experiences and experiments with truth. A musical extravaganza comprising over 15 original songs, 10 dances across a variety of genres and spectacular sets that depict the era of the man that shaped an entire nation. A musical journey of the life of the man, beyond the Mahatma. His personal trifles that eventually lead to his triumphs.” 

Gandhi - The Musical will showcase an astounding variety of music - from Raghupati Raghav to Hindi and Gujarati songs composed against a European orchestra, to even an industrial dubstep number. The play is in English but some of the songs are in Hindi and Gujarati because some expressions are best showcased in those languages. The Musical is India’s first musical on the the Father of the Nation, including music that will be enjoyed by all age groups - rock, jazz, razzmatazz, classical, and love songs, too.

The set designer is Fali Unwala, and dances are being choreographed by Bertwin D’souza.

Gandhi - The Musical - is all set to break all benchmarks and stereotypes next month. It will depict Gandhi in a new light - in a musical light - with song and dance and dialogue that will make viewers tap their feet! 

The English Musical will be staged at NCPA from April 1 onwards. This includes 16 original songs, 2 adaptations and 12 choreographed dances.

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