About Us

Awishkar founded in 1971, is a group of serious theatre minded people formed to give free expression to the ideas and thoughts which are sacred to us in theatre.Awishkar a theatre institution known for its sincere and dedicated approach towards production of many plays has always functioned with various other purposes.Awishkar has time and proved that stage plays have always been an instrument in reaching different destinations, which has in mind right from its birth. It has always been a platform for performers from all faculties of art (adults and children alike) where their talents can be unraveled and further channeled in a proper direction.

Awishkar takes great pleasure while mentioning about the 172 odd plays which it has produced and staged more than 4200 preformances. This creative treasure includes 30 children plays and dance dramas including 3 puppet plays. Awishkar has organized 24 theatre festivals, which offered more than 205 preformances to the theatre lovers. This includes a theatre festival of Tendulkar’s 15 young directors. In addition, more than 50 experimental theatre Groups have staged more than 2000 performances at the Chhabildas Experimental Theatre, with the active co-operation of Awishkar from 1974 to 1992.

Awishkar is known as the mother theatre institution and remained in forfront in leading the parallel theatre movement. Awishkar’s contribution to Chhabildas theatre movement is very well known. After leaving Chhabildas in 1992, Awishkar explored three more spaces in Mumbai suburbs. At present Awishkar continues its theatre mission in a small hall of New Mahim Municipal school with the kind of co- operation of Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Awishkar Sanskritik Kendra organizes 6 performances of its plays in this small hall every month. These performances including plays by other theatre group also. For the last three year, Documentaries and short films by young and talented directors also are regularly screened in the hall.

Creativity if rightly pampered and moulded can reach its epitome. This particular perception pre- empted Awishkar to organize more than 63 training Workshop for young and talented artists. Further, to divulge the different aspect of Musical plays, puppet shows and group singing it  organize 67 Workshops for children with active participation of all the concerned technical experts. In addition Awishkar has conducted eight group discussions on different topics of the theatrical revelation.

Awishkar not overlooking the creative relationship between theatre and films, organized 15 children film festivals and one exclusive festival of films written by Shree Vijay Tendulkar. It has also taken a very impressive step by publishing  two books of importance “Rang Nayak” and “Te Ani Amhi” and A souvenir “Awishkar-Tishi” (Thirty years of Awishkar) and Marathi play ‘Savlya’ written by Chetan Datar. And ‘Dhol Taashe’, Buddhibal ani Zabbu & ‘Jagadamba’ in collaboration with Lok Vangmay Gruha.

The bottom- line of all its achievements Awishkar has left no stone unturned towards attainment off its goal, i.c. promoting art in its creative sense.

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Awishkar, New Municipal High School,
Miya Mohmd. Chhotani Marg, Cross Lane no. 3,
Mahim West, Mumbai 400 016
email: awishkar@awishkartheatre.com
Phone: 022-2444 5871 (6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.)