New Delhi: Paytm Insider’s theatre initiative, Front & Centre, is premiering its next play – “Sex, Morality, and Censorship” in collaboration with Studio Tamaasha’s monthly series – TheatreNama. Front & Centre aims to bring home the taste of theatre for all theatre enthusiasts. TheatreNama is starting with a guided viewing of the play – “Sex, Morality, and Censorship” directed by Sunil Shanbag and co-written by Irawati Karnik.
Recapturing the essence of Maharashtra’s folk arts ‘Tamasha’ and the spirit of the 1970s, the play offers a mix of theatre, live music, dance, and video. “Sex, Morality, and Censorship” is based on Vijay Tendulkar’s theatre classic – Sakharam Binder’s struggle with censorship.
Director Sunil Shanbag and co-writer Irawati Karnik will host a guided viewing of the performance of the play recorded at the iconic Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai. The talented cast including Nagesh Bhosle, Puja Sarup, Rajashree Sawant Wad, Gulshan Devaiah, Shubhrojyoti Barat, Umesh Jagtap and Ketaki Thatte will also be present live to share their experiences of the play.
“Sex, Morality, and Censorship” will premiere online on 13th September. Tickets priced at Rs. 299 are available on Paytm Insider.
Sunil Shanbag – Co-founder and Artistic Director at Studio Tamaasha said, “Studio Tamaasha is very excited to move to its new home online on Paytm Insider! The situation faced by theatre people is difficult, but it’s important for us to continue doing the work and sharing it with an audience. We come online with some of our most popular programmes, and new ways of engaging with theatre. Do join us on this new adventure!”
Speaking on this, Varun Khare – Business Head, Live Entertainment (IPs & Partnerships) at Paytm Insider, said, “Censorship has long plagued the sharp-edged satire and other nuances that are characteristic of Tamasha. Sex, Morality and Censorship, brings forth a fresh perspective on decades-old folk arts, with popular folk artists presenting their views on the art form, the ruthless civil censorship, and insights into the play itself. I believe that the unique guided style of showcasing a production will bring audiences together for a meaningful conversation.”