The Transparent Trap by Shrikant Prabhakar Bhide


The Play
From the day plastic was invented, humans have used it in almost each and everything except the edible stuff. We use this plastic, a non-degradable material, daily, because of its extreme user friendly character. Today it is an inseparable part of our lives and it is irreplaceable as well. It cannot be destroyed. Its non degradable nature has endangered the aquatic, terrestrial and amphibian species, and this is why it is the prime reason of destruction of many things and one of the prominent reasons of global warming.  This artificial creation is also hazardous for humans and yet there is no end to its use. We are getting chocked by it and also destroying our surroundings. Hence we need to find a way out of this trap.

Director’s Note
The Transparent Trap is a physical theatre based long-act play without any dialogues. It portrays the relationship between humans and plastic, as it is, without commenting on the use of plastic or advising people whatsoever.
The music composer and the light designer have tried to bring in a sense of transparency which is seen being trapped in the music as well as visuals, as the name suggests.

Director & Playwright
Shrikant Prabhakar Bhide is an actor, writer, choreographer as well as director of plays. He is a founder and director of the experimental theatre group Dhyaas, Pune. Five of his plays have won state level competitions, three of them were performed in international festivals, and more than ten plays in national festivals. He specialises in visuals, compositions and mob sequences which are very well appreciated by the viewers. In Pune, he initiated working on Physical Theatre and is striving hard to reach out to maximum audience to explore this form of art. He has scripted 5 plays of Physical Theatre on social issues, which leave an impact on the audience.
Shrikant caught the knack of writing during his college days. His writing is inspired by stories which have a lot of visuals and which can keep the audience gripped. Two of his plays Parwana and Na Milaleli Patra are drama adaptations from the international best seller novels Bread Winner and Parwana. Most of his scripts have won state level awards and have been critically acclaimed by experts.

The Group
The organisation Dhyaas is based in Pune and was established in 2008 by youngsters and theatre enthusiasts, inspired from the inter-collegiate dance and drama competitions, and hence decided to work with complete dedication to theatre. In the year 2010, Dhyaas, Pune, got registered and began to work on state level and district level competitions. It is constantly working on one act/two act plays, long act plays, Physical Theatre, and other new platforms to enhance this field of experimental theatre. The group has performed and participated in different national and international festivals. Dhyaas, Pune is one of the active experimental groups among the well-known theatre groups of Pune and it has created a name by consistently working on Phyisical Theatre performances.

Cast & Credits
Artists : Akshaykumar Mande, Shrikant Bhide, Harshwardhan Waghmare, Shreyash Dhere, Mrunmayi Apte,  achana Kakade

Music : Pradyumna Chaware

Lights : Rajas Bapat
Playwright & Director : Shrikant Prabhakar Bhide

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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