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Exploring Theatrical Satire: Natrang’s ‘Rehearsal’ Exposes Amateurism and Ego in Pursuit of Artistic Excellence

Behind the Curtains: Natrang's 'Rehearsal' Chronicles the Turbulent Journey of Women Artists Striving for Excellence Amidst Chaos and Ego

Sunday, 24th March 2024 : Natrang featured ‘Rehearsal’, a play in Hindi written by Lakshmi Kant Vaishnav and directed by Neeraj Kant today at Natrang Studio Theatre Kachi Chawni in its weekly Theatre Series, Sunday Theatre. In the play, the writer has very satirically mocked the people who want to do something without its proper knowledge and also without possessing the basic eligibility of the field.

The play ‘Rehearsal’ very interestingly portrays the rehearsal scenario of a play where the cast is all women. Though they (Kitty-mates) want to present a good show, their approach is not good enough and too immature. The basic ingredients that are required to mount a professional theatre production like discipline, punctuality, team spirit, self-motivation, neutrality of the mind etc were all missing in these ladies and they were instead full of traits like jealousy, gossip, lack of coordination and egotism.
The rehearsal becomes a free-for-all situation where everyone reveals her mind in a dramatic manner. Though there is a director also because of her limitations and lack of mettle, she is not able to control the team. Where these ladies were required to act with compassion towards their fellow artists they had their own whims and fancies, few of them even had pride in their minds as their husbands were at higher posts resultantly they sought pampered treatment. Finally, the rehearsal which was shown in the play Rehearsal ended up being chaos leaving a stern message that we need to be disciplined and committed to create a meaningful work of art.

Natrang artists who performed in the play included Kananpreet Kaur, Vansh Pandotra, Priya Kashyap, Payal Khanna, Vandana Thakur, Sana Devi, Mehak Chib and Palshin Dutta. The lights of the play were operated by Neeraj Kant. The presentations were done by Kushal Bhat and the show was coordinated by Mohd. Yaseen.