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“Bayan” a woman centric play

November 21, 2016

The Humming Tree presents “Bayan” a woman centric play by Akvarious Productions

Written by Karishma Attari, Apoorva Kale and others
Directed by Akarsh Khurana
Featuring Prerna Chawla, Dilshad Edibam, Tahira Nath, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rohini Ramnathan and Shikha Talsania.

About the show: BAYAN
In Turkish, “bayan” means women. In the Indian subcontinent it means “a statement” or “an expression”. So quite obviously, the ladies take the stage, and express themselves. Expect an estrogen filled evening.

The pieces include “Anything For You”, in which two women find a new dimension to their friendship, “I Can Tell Your Handbag is Fake” about superficial behaviour and fashion consciousness, and “Santa’s Little Call Girls”, about four women trapped in the mundane life of a call centre.

About Akvarious Productions
In the last 16 years, Akvarious Productions (Bombay, India) has staged over 50 plays covering a wide range of genres and languages, of which six have been nominated for the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and two have won the prestigious award for Best Play. Akvarious has performed over a 1000 shows across 26 cities, in India and abroad, and has produced eight plays for children.

THT Theatre & The Humming Tree
The Humming Tree also opens doors as a theatre space to bring drama in a non conventional space, here, you can have a meal and sip on a drink here while we bring to you the finest in theatre from artists all around India and the world.
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The Humming Tree is an arts, music and performance space in Bangalore, India, open since June 2013. At the present moment, along with major international artists who are touring with us, we’re curating 25+ programmes a month including fantastic music gigs, fun workshops, film screenings, exhibitions, cultural performances, theatre, spoken word poetry, reading and storytelling sessions and other educational gatherings. We aim at providing a platform for the different arts, keeping in mind the beautifully varied resources and audiences we have access to. In addition to the performance venue, we run a fresh, unique kitchen and bar service.

About the Artists
prerna-chawlaPrerna Chawla Originally from Delhi, where she got bitten by the theatre bug as a child, Prerna Chawla has been part of over thirty productions as an actor in Mumbai since 2003. Besides having acted in productions by prolific groups like Akvarious Productions, Rage Theatre Productions, Aarambh, The Company Theatre, TeaPot Productions to name a few, she has also worked as a trainer (Speech & Diction as well as Behavioural Training for corporates) since 2007, where theatre continues to influence the training room. She is also a voice over and dubbing artist and has acted in a few television and film projects. She is also a producer for Final Call Productions.

dilshad-edibam-khuranaDilshad Edibam Khurana has been doing theatre since the year 2000, and has acted in over 50 productions in English, Hindi and Gujarati. She began her journey in Ramu Ramnathan’s children’s play ‘Time to Tell A Tale’, and has since worked with various legends like Makrand Deshpande, Shiv Subramanium, Akarsh Khurana, Manav Kaul and Karla Singh to name a few. She has performed all over the country and internationally in the Uk, Dubai and Muscat. Some of the productions she has been part of are Baghdad Wedding, Ilhaam, Rebecca, Special Bond, Rafta Rafta and Me Grandad ‘ad an Elephant. She has even handled production for many plays.

tahira-nathTahira Nath has been involved with theatre with for 9 years and over a span of 30 productions. Her most notable acting works include Afsaneh, for which she got nominated at META and Proof for which she won a Thespo. Aside from theatre, Tahira also runs a quirk store in Mumbai called Loose Ends.

shriya-pilgaonkarShriya Pilgaonkar is an actor,director from Mumbai who is a Sociology graduate from St. Xavier’s College. Daughter of Film and TV stars Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, Shriya made her acting debut in the Marathi film ‘Ekulti Ek’ in 2013 for which she won several accolades including the Maharashtra State Award for Best debut. In 2015, she acted in the French film ‘ Un plus Une’ directed by Claude Lelouch starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin. This year, Shriya made her Bollywood debut with the film,’Fan’ produced by YRF and directed by Maneesh Sharma where she starred opposite Shahrukh Khan. Besides Film, Shriya has been doing Theatre with Akvarious productions for the last 4 years and is part of popular productions such as Internal Affairs, Bombay Dying, Hindi Medium and Bayan.

rohini-ramnathanRohini Ramnathan is a internationally acclaimed radio personality with over a decade of on air experience across two countries. Radio gets her heart beating while her romance for the stage sees her host audiences on red carpets and stages alike. The first person of Indian origin to win two honors at Singapore’s Mediacorp Radio Awards in 2013, Rohini moved to Singapore for a brief 3 years between 2013-2016 and was brought back to her home city of Mumbai with the launch of a new station earlier this year.

shikha-talsaniaShikha Talsania is a multi-faceted actor with an interesting filmography to her credit. She made her big-screen debut with a key role in 2009’s Wake Up Sid which won the then newcomer much critical acclaim for her performance. She has also played supporting roles in films Dil Toh Bacha Hai Ji, My Friend Pinto, Midnight’s Children, Kaash etc. Additionally, Shikha has been part of several short films (Project 11, Between Friends), advertisements (Tata tea, Idea,, KBC, TataSky) and Webseries by Yash Raj films-‘A Man’s World’, ‘Ladies Room’ and ‘Official Chukiyagiri’. She is also part of the Mumbai theatre scene with plays like FourSquare, The Ugly One, Sometimes, Internal Affairs, The Government Inspector, One on One Part 2 etc; under her belt. With a view to doing the kind of work she believes in, Shikha has remained focused on playing parts that she can both relate to and do justice to. This has ensured the appreciation of audiences, industry and peers, making her an actor to watch out for in coming years.

Tickets : Rs 300
Duration: 60 minutes
Suitable for ages: 18+

Show Details
on Wednesday | 23rd November 2016 |8.30 PM
The Humming Tree,

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on Thursday | 24th November 2016 | 8.30 PM
Lal Bagh,

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