Saturday Naatak Live

Through the pandemic, we live-streamed these 17 Zoom plays – a show every Saturday, and a new play every other Saturday. In the next few weeks we will announce Season 2021, which will mark our return to the stage.

8 pm, Saturday, February 6 and 13, 2021


the grand finale of our season
adapted and directed by Sujit Saraf
The great epic, imagined as a unique Zoom play with live music and dance, minimalist design, and a stylish rendering of the violent scenes in the story.

music director: Nachiketa Yakkundi, performing live
dance director: Soumya Agastya
dance choreographers: Archana Kamath, Pragya Dasgupta, Nisha Natraj
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
costumes: Soumya Agastya
sound: Anitha Dixit and Vikas Dhurka
language: Hindi
runtime: 75 minutes

performers (in order of appearance):
Nachiketa Yakkundi, Rucha Londhe, Sravanthi Prattipati, Shwetha Subraya, Pragya Dasgupta, Archana Kamath, Nisha Natraj, Poulomi Sarkar, Ishani Pandya, Dilip Ratnam, Parin Maru, Vandana Ramakrishnan, Monica Mehta Chitkara, Amit Sharma, Dhananjay Motwani, Jay Ruparel, Jai Jhala, Tejaswini Narayanan, Lata Kalra, Kunjan Chheda, Isha Sarkar, Roshni Datta, Anitha Dixit

8 pm, Saturday, January 16 and 23, 2021

Dinnertime Plays

FOURTEEN by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Anitha Dixit
A socialite plans the perfect dinner party in this hilarious satire.
ROYAL TAJ by Suruchi Mohan, directed by Poulomi Sarkar
A wedding anniversary dinner mixes menu and grievance.

language: English
cast: Anjali Kirloskar, Dilip Ratnam, Sravanthi Prattipati, Anjana Surin, Dhananjay Motwani
producers: Anitha Dixit and Poulomi Sarkar
image by Shreya Dixit, flute by Rishabh Sabu
runtime: 40 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, January 2 and 9, 2021

The Government Inspector

based on Gogol’s Inspector General, directed by Pratiksha Rao
language: Hindi
producer: Vikas Dhurka

In this hilarious adaptation of Gogol’s classic, the inspector general is about to visit town for an inspection, and corrupt local officials are scrambling to make a good impression.
cast: Jai Jhala, Shruti Shah, Maunic Dharia, Roshni Datta, Harsh Parikh, Ruchir Sutaria, Nisarg Parikh, Ashish Chakrabortty, Tannistha Mukherjee, Anoushka Dave

8 pm, Saturday, December 12 and 19, 2020

Flowers In The Desert

by Donna Hoke, directed by Harish Agastya
language: English
Two years after his affair rocks their marriage, Preeti calls on Jai with a proposal and an agenda. The play takes us through eight dates in their lives as they attempt to re-ignite the spark in their failed romance.
cast: Devika Ashok, Anush Moorthy
producer, camera: Poulomi Sarkar
sound: Saurabh Jain & Poulomi Sarkar
props: Saurabh Jain, sets: Anush Moorthy & Krishna Moorthy
costumes: Avnika Agarwal
poster: Soumi Sarkar
duration: 70 minutes

8 pm, November 29 and December 6, 2020


written and directed by Sujit Saraf
language: English
Known worldwide as the “hugging saint” who provides hugs over Zoom, Mataji has hugged millions, bringing them joy and electric vibrations. In this humorous farce, she finally meets someone for whom a Zoom-hug won’t work.
producer: Anitha Dixit
production team: Poulomi Sarkar, Tuhina Goel, Shraesht Chitkara
cast: Bruce Blau, Kartic Bhargav, Dilip Ratnam, Amit Sharma, Laurie Michaels, Deanna Shinsky, Jay Ruparel, Ranjini Srinivasan, Shelly Smith, Karla Nema, Mahesh Makhijani, Monica Mehta Chitkara, Deepal Pandya
music: Anitha Dixit
duration: 75 minutes

8 pm, November 15 and 21, 2020

Prisoner’s Dilemma

by Anush Moorthy, directed by Devika Ashok
language: Hindi/English
A serial killer stalks Mumbai, and a quirky constable may have found the clues that will give him away.
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Anupam Dhyani, Chaitanya Godse, Chinmay Vaidya, Kavita Joshi, Preeti Bhat, Rohit Dube
duration: 75 minutes

8 pm, November 1 and 7, 2020

ख़ामोश! अदालत जारी है (Silence! The Court Is In Session)

by Vijay Tendulkar, directed by Vikas Dhurka
A rehearsal by a travelling theater troupe turns very serious.
language: Hindi
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Anjali Kirloskar, Anush Moorthy, Ashish Chakrabortty, Dhananjay Motwani, Mukund Marathe, Parag Kilche, Savitha Samu, Surender Singh
duration: 90 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, October 17 and 24, 2020

आठ घंटे (8 Hours)

by Sujit Saraf, directed by Manish Sabu
Two clerks in Delhi’s Connaught Place spend an 8-hour working day – and a lifetime – together, watching the world change around them. आठ घंटे has been staged all over the United States. In India, nearly 50 shows have been performed by artists from the National School of Drama, Delhi, and other theater companies.
language: Hindi
producer: Vikas Dhurka
cast: Mohammad Zishan, Abhishek Das
duration: 75 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, October 3 and 10, 2020

Ultimate Breaking News

written and directed by Vikram Ramanarayanan
Four TV journalists are kidnapped and forced to star in a deadly reality show.
language: English
producer: Poulomi Sarkar
cast: Rajiv Nema, Ranjini Srinivasan, Tannishtha Mukherjee, Shiv Jayaraman, Anju Prakash
production team: Anitha Dixit, Saurabh Jain
duration: 50 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, September 19 and 26, 2020

Everyone Loves A Good Tsunami

written and directed by Sujit Saraf
December 2004: In Asia, a tsunami has devastated the lives of millions. In Silicon Valley, the India Association has split. In this hilarious satire, it is the victims of the tsunami who come to the rescue of the victims of the split.
language: English
cast: Mukund Marathe, Kartic Bhargav, Anjali Kirloskar, Natraj Kumar, Sravanthi Prattipati, Rekha Marathe, Anirudh Mohan, Manish Sabu
poster art by Anshu Johri, sound by Sudipta Chatterjee
duration: 80 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, September 5 and 12, 2020

प्रस्ताव and पति पत्नी और वो

two hilarious plays, adapted from 2 masterpieces
प्रस्ताव, adapted and directed by Roshni Datta from The Proposal by Anton Chekhov
A young man’s proposal to the girl-next-door does not go quite as planned.
language: Hindi
cast: Romie Decosta, Nitin Deo, Neha Goyal
duration: 30 minutes

पति पत्नी और वो, adapted by Vikas Dhurka and Paresh Vyas from How He Lied To Her Husband by George Bernard Shaw, and directed by Ritendra Datta
What happens when a husband discovers the love poems written to his wife by her lover?
language: Hindi
cast: Anjali Bhide, Anupam Dhyani, Harsh Parikh
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, August 22 and 29, 2020

Sahana Vavatu

based on: Out at Sea by Slawomir Mrozek, adapted by Ashok Vijay, directed by Sudipta Chatterjee
This is the hilarious story of three hungry men trapped on a raft in the middle of the sea, who must now decide what (or whom) to eat…
language: Hindi
cast: Anjali Kirloskar, Ashok Vijay, Namrata Dey, Somdev Sen, Sunny Moza
duration: 40 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, August 8 and 15, 2020


written and directed by Anush Moorthy
language: English
A tribute to Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman , this play imagines a special court session convened to hear the testimony of a woman who says she was raped at a village temple festival.
cast: Preeti Gupta, Vikram Ramanarayanan, Divya Balu, Anindita Mukherjee
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, July 25 and August 1, 2020


by Ratnakar Matkari, directed by Mukund Marathe
A blind writer asks his girl-friend to make a life of her own.
language: Hindi
cast: Mugdha Kulkarni, Chaitanya Godsay
duration: 25 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, July 11 and 18, 2020

He Said And She Said

by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Poulomi Sarkar
He said this and she said that, and who else said what?
language: English
cast: Harshavardhana, Khushboo Kalyani, Preeti Bhat, Sayantanee Dutt
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, June 27 and July 3, 2020

Sorry, Wrong Number

by Lucille Fletcher, directed by Monica Mehta Chitkara
A bedridden woman overhears something she should not have.
language: English
cast: Ranjita Chakravarty, Tannistha Mukherjee, Swagato Basumallick, Ashish Chakrabortty, Sharvari Dixit, Sudipta Chatterjee
duration: 30 minutes

8 pm, Saturday, June 13 and July 20, 2020


by Alice Gerstenberg, directed by Sujit Saraf
A woman meets the wife of her ex-lover, but their inner selves have come along too.
language: English
cast: Savitha Samu, Devika Ashok, Anitha Dixit, Pratiksha Rao-Vaidya
duration: 30 minutes