Desi Natak Samaj, Indian Theatre - Informative & researched article on Desi Natak Samaj, Indian Theatre
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Drama & Theatre

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Drama & Theatre|Indian Music|Indian Movies|Indian Television
Home > Movies & Entertainment > Indian Drama & Theatre > Indian Theatre Companies > Theatre Companies in Gujarat > Desi Natak Samaj
Desi Natak Samaj, Indian Theatre
Desi Natak Samaj was an important professional theatre company of Ahmedabad.
 Desi Natak Samaj is a prominent theatre company of Gujarat. In later days it was shifted to Mumbai. This Desi Natak Samaj has a glorious contribution to the so-called 'old' Gujarati theatre. Partners including respected writer-director-actor Dahyabhai Jhaveri, who became sole owner from 1892, established Desi Natak Samaj in 1889. It was housed in Shanti Bhuvan Theatre. They also built a theatre and improvised hall in Bombay. Its productions Subhadraharan i.e. 'Subhadra's Abduction, Sanyukta, Vikramaditya, and Asrumati were very popular with rich and poor alike. Prosperity led to disputes about ownership. The most visionary owners during the company's existence of about eight decades were Nakubhai, Hargovinddas, Uttamlaxmi, and Manibhai.

Prabhulal Dwivedi was the star dramatist and the author of Vadilona vanke i.e. 'For Forefathers' Faults', Malavpati Munj i.e. 'Munj, Lord of Malva', Sirajnddola, Ekabala i.e. 'Weaker Sex', and others. Notable directors after the death of Dahyabhai were Mulchand Mama and Kasambhai Nathubhai Mir, while performers included Pransukh 'Eddie Polo', Ashraf Khan, Anandji Kabutar, Chhagan 'Romeo', Miss Shyamabai, Motibai, and distinguished musicians and singers. In later years the Samaj occupied Bhangwadi Theatre in Bombay but now it is demolished.

This article is a stub. You can enrich by adding more information to it. Send your Write Up to

(Last Updated on : 21/07/2009)
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
More Articles in Theatre Companies in Gujarat  (6)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Drama & Theatre
Themes of Ravana Chhaya
Themes of Ravana Chhaya mainly focus on the stories of Lord Rama, and for this the lyrics from the Vichitra Ramayana written by Viswanath Khuntia are used. It is the chief source from which the material for performance is drawn.
Suresh Dutta
Suresh Dutta was an innovative Bengali puppeteer and designer.
Ravana Chhaya
Ravana Chhaya is a form of theatre art known as shadow-play seen in the state of Orissa. Though it is called Ravana Chhaya, it is interesting to note that the stories all centre on the legend of Rama. It is a rather ancient art and is now in a rapid state of decline.
Putul Nach
Putul Nach is termed as the puppetry in the Bengali-speaking region.
Forum on Indian Drama & Theatre
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Entertainment
Desi Natak Samaj, Indian Theatre - Informative & researched article on Desi Natak Samaj, Indian Theatre
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.