The Play
Gul-e-Bakavali is a play based on an original popular fairy tale written in Persian. Many films have been made on this story, in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Urdu and others. This production has a new script in a musical format. It has originated from the state of Reva on the banks of the river Narmada. Although Gubbi Veeranna’s Nataka Mandali used to play this story on stage, this version is totally new.

The Director
M S Sathyu has been into theatre since the 1950s. He has a number of plays to his credit, in Hindi, Urdu, Kannada and English. He is also a set and costume designer, having designed almost 100 plays in Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada and English, for various groups of Delhi, Bangalore and Bombay. He is also a film producer and director.
The Playwright Sudhir Attavar is a new playwright of Kannada. He is a lyricist in Kannada films. He has also
produced and directed films in Kannada. This version of the play is totally original. It brings about the fairy tale in an effective manner. This year he has received the Karnataka Sahitya Academy Award for Gul-e-Bakavali.

The Group
Amateur Dramatic Association (ADA) is the oldest theatre group of Bangalore, formed over a hundred years ago. The group has its own fully equipped theatre, with a capacity of 600, called ADA Rangamandira. The group has produced a number of plays in English and Kannada. The Rangamandira is also let out for dance, music and other theatrical activities. Gule-e-Bakavali is its latest production with an altogether new set of actors and dancers. This is a collaborative production of Amateur Dramatic Association (ADA) and M S Sathyu Productions.

Cast & Credits

On Stage . Imran Pasha, Sarika, Pavithra PS,
Aishwarya Bhaskar, Vasudha Bharighat,
Sriprasad, Pradeep Kumar,
Rakhesh Adiga/ Ninad Harithsa,
Srivatsa KS, Manoj Kumar, Shreyas,
Yogesh, Sushma Nanaiah, Vidya Chakravarthy,
Hiranmaie S
Sound Vanishree Kulkarni
Décor MC Chethan
Lights Arun Murthy
Make-up NK Ramakrishna
Costumes Jayanthi Marulasiddhappa
Singers Chandrashekar, Subramanya Hegde, Shivalinga, Akanksha Badami
Music Sameer Kulkarni
Co-director MC Anand
Asst. Director Sushma Nanaiah
Playwright Sudhir Attavar
Director M S Sathyu




Manohar Khushalani

Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is a former Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he taught were: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won a total of nine Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Earlier he retired from Government of India as Director Environment Management, Central Water Commission and held many senior positions in the Government Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He was an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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