Revisit The Parsi Natak

The city’s Gujarati speakers of an older vintage will fondly recall the plays of Adi Marzban, the playwright and director who was synonymous with Parsi nataks from the 1940s to the 1980s. The nataks were usually comedies packed with double entendres, slapstick and nifty wordplay in Gujarati and performed by a set of actors devoted to Marzban. Some of them got together last year to perform Laughter in the House, a collage of vignettes from Marzban’s revues that premiered on his birth anniversary on April 17, 2012. Directed by Sam Kerawalla, the show, which gets its title from Meher Marfatia’s eponymous book on 20th-century Parsi theatre, will be staged on Sunday, April 7 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

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