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I will try to restore traditional glory of Marathi musicals: Kirti Shiledar

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
By Raju Vernekar

Kirti Shiledar, a seasoned Hindustani classical singer and actress, who has been unanimously elected as President of 98th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan, said that she would try to do her best to restore the traditional glory of the Sangeet Natak (musical dramas).

 A renowned performer, she has been associated with several plays including “Sangeet Swarsamradni”, “Sangeet Kanhopatra”, “Yayati Aani Devyani”, “Sanshay Kallol”, “Swaymvar”, “Sangeet Saubhadra”, “Mrutchha Katik”, “Mandodari” and “Ekach Pyala”.

She has been carrying forward the legacy of her proud parents, Jayram and Jaymala Shiledar, who are credited with revamping the Marathi music industry. Incidentally her mother Jaymala had presided over the 83rd Marathi Natya Sammelan at Ahmednagar in 2003.

Speaking to The Afternoon D&C, she said that the Sangeet Natak has been relegated to the back burner. But if  ticket rates are reduced and the government extends some assistance, the Sangeet Natak can once again take  centre stage. Recently, plays like “Sangeet Matsyagandha” and “Sangeet Devbhabli” have proved that musicals are still in demand.

“I would like to also mention about “Yayati Aani Devyani” which appeals to all the patrons. Besides, “Sangeet Saubhadra”, considered as the start of the golden era of Marathi theatre has been made immortal by superb performances by veteran artists. Also “Sangeet Samradni” being presented in “Baithak” form, is also in demand,” she said.

“With this the drama movement which is mainly centred around Mumbai, Konkan and Goa, should move forward and encompass entire Maharashtra. The Sangeet Natak is my life breath and I will continue to present live programs and work for “Marathi Rangabhoomi”. The program should be presented in such a way that it's traditional charm is retained,” she added.

“Its true that the choices of people have changed, but one should be positive. Any performance if presented with sincerity, can certainly attract viewers. Any art form should reflect society.

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