Sunday, October 24, 2010

Yuva - in Times Of India, Bangalore!

Yuva gets a mention in Times of India Bangalore's Sunday 24 Oct 2010 edition ( page 6).
This was alongside our Maharashtra Mandal, and other Marathi groups of Bangalore. A statement from Mayuresh and that's the photo of our play 'Mooshakayan', Rajesh Thipse's photograph. For the full article click here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yuva plays go online!

- By Mayuresh Nirhali

This year marks as the 15th year of existence for Yuva Marathi Sangh. In this period, Yuva has given some outstanding programmes to marathi speaking audience in Bengaluru, In all the social, musical, entertainment events that Yuva has put together thus far, Theatre really stands out with total 28 plays as of now and countless other theatrical events. This makes us really proud when we look back at the journey.

Most of Yuva's plays have been part of the two local one-act play competitions held by Maharashtra Mandal, Bengaluru; One being the Kalamabai Marathe Karandak Ekaaknkika Spardha during geNeshotsav and the other being 'Rangdakshini' in January. We really thank Maharashtra Mandal for providing this platform for our theatrical activities. Today, Yuva's plays are among the favorites of these competitions.

We are very excited to announce that we will put up all our recorded performances on Yuva's new video channel. The idea is to have one stop place online to watch all yuva's performances and also to bring our efforts to larger/global audience. We believe this will not only provide us an opportunity to entertain marathi speaking community outside bangalore but also bring more feedback to us.

So, to view Yuva's performances online, visit us at,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Aarohan 2010 - Event 3: Talk and Tabla

- By Girish Mahajan (Gary)

In today's hectic life... we always are searching for that one peaceful moment away from the usual humdrum of work-home balance. We go for a short trip, trekking or to a movie etc. But this time YUVA decided to present opportunity to try something different and the reason for that was the T-Shirt Launch event of Aarohan 2010 (Yuva's 15 year celebrations).

What was earlier supposed to be a casual gathering to launch and give away the T-shirts, now had a different format, with suggestions from Pramod and Sujay to give this otherwise simple event a valuable twist. In last YUVA meeting Pramod suggested his professor for a small talk on “Sustainability” and Sujay had word with Rahul Phopali and entertaining tabla player and a YUVA member. Hence the birth of event number 3 “Talk and Tabala ”

The program was on evening of 19th June, 2010. The program started with a talk on “Our role in sustainability and sustainable development” by Dr. Monto Mani, Assistant Professor at the Center for Sustainable Technologies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore which later was followed by Rahul Pophali's performance.

The talk was a small attempt to reveal a great thought about life that a normal person normally doesn't think of. He emphasized the number of thoughts on different aspects of life. A person can learn a lot if he/she fulfills the desire as per the western philosophy but eastern culture says person can be happy and developed without any desire. He explained prominence of life with real life examples. One should change his attitude towards life, is the solution to make life more sustainable.

Rahul Pophali is one of the most versatile tabla player in today’s younger generation. A dazzling performer and an incessant innovator,He progressed to advanced training in the Punjab gharana style under Pt. Nishikant Barodekar (senior disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha Khansaheb). Rigorous training by Nishikantji and occasional guidance from Ustad Zakir Hussain over last ten years shaped Rahul into a promising tabla player. It was amazing experience to watch Rahul perform. He also explained the meaning of different tabla strokes during his performance. So thats entertainment spiced with some Tabla gyan :) Both events made the evening a wonderful one. Thanks to Rahul and Monto sir from YUVA.

And YES... finally the much-awaited T-shirts were launched too, after all that was one of the main event of the evening. Great work by the T-shirt team!

Some photos from the event:

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Click - Photography Workshop: Thoughts and Thanks

The Photography Workshop, CLICK went about well and as scheduled on 21st March 2010. Here are some thoughts and thanks on behalf of Yuva to the people responsible for it.

Let me start with a BIG THANKS to Ashish Vanjari for conducting the workshop. Thanks to Sujay, Nikhil, Gary, Mangesh and Onkar for not only organizing the workshop, but also working out details such as power back-up, food& snacks. Another BIG thanks to Maharashtra Mandal, Bangalore for making available the Mandal hall and facilities and mostly their continued support to us which is very encouraging. Thanks to everyone else who contributed alongside.

Around 28 people had registered, most of them turned up barring 3-4 who dropped out last minute due to emergencies. There were more interested, but did not register due to prior commitments. The age group of the participants was approximately 13 - 35 years. About 10 of the participants were a mix of non-Yuva and non-Marathi. Thanks to all those who showed interest and participated making this a big success, or should I say they made 'CLICK' click. Needless to say, it was a great success.

Ashish did a great job to bring along prints of his work, which not only showed his caliber as a passionate photographer, but also awed the audience, who browsed past while we waited during the minor start-up delays. The content was a good mix of the technical aspects, practical attempts, creative theories, and some story bytes from Ashish's experience. I am very sure most of them have a new perspective towards photography, have new ideas and will look at their cameras for better execution of their ideas into better and stunning photos.

The audience was largely interactive, with lot of queries and inputs too. Am sure they had suggestions/comments which I guess they must have put down in their feedback forms. Looking forward to the next part, where the next level of photography will be explored. Yuva will be sending updates on this soon.

Toward the end of the workshop, there was a job to hand to close the event as well, collections had to be reviewed payments had to be made, winding up, helping Ashish wind up... the organizers' job wasn't done. There was an unforeseen shortage of funds, I guess due to the few dropouts. But Yuva in its usual way was quick to act... all the Yuva members present go out additional contributions and help match-up, not only that they also helped in the winding up process as well. Finally the event was a success in the true sense; it got U and V together. Here's hoping that more people come ahead to be a part upcoming events.

Click here for photos!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Aarohan 2010: Event 1: CLICK - A Workshop on Fundamentals of Photography

YUVA MARATHI SANGH (Bengaluru) presents 'CLICK' A Workshop on Fundamentals of Photography by Photographer Ashish Vanzari

This is typically a workshop of the beginners and enthusiasts who want to know how to "CLICK" better. This will help you to know about your SLRs, DSLRs and Digital cameras, and how to compose shots and develope an photographer's eye. Also we will get to see Ashish's work and hear from the horse's mouth about the amazing experiences that he has encountered while taking his shots.

Limited entries Only. Workshop Fees Rs. 400/- (including Lunch, Snacks and Crafts material)

To Register and know more details, check the event post on Facebook

If you are not on Facebook and cannot access the post, please send in a request via comments to this blogpost. We will revert with the details. Please add you name and contact ( phone/email). Remember there are limited entries and they might close soon.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Skandagiri Night Trek

Recently a group of Yuva people had been one of the beautiful places near Bangalore Called “Skandagiri”. It is 70 Km Away from Bangalore and we were around 18 people. It was a night trek. We started our journey around 10.30 Pm from Bangalore. We had one car and 6 bikes and it was too cold. In spite that riding bike on airport road was such great experience. In between we took halt for tea. It was full moon night (Poornima), as usual we missed the road but we enjoyed each and every movement of warm weather and reach at Skandagiri around 2 A.M. and started trekking from the base at 2.30 A.M. With lots of hitches and stiffness of the rock we all people reached on top at around 5 P.M. We had some food and enjoyed the camp fire and then we were waiting for the moment that we came for - 'The Sun Rise'. Every one stood upright to experience such a great moment. Lots of people were there along with us. Finally that moment which we were waiting for was there and suddenly fog transferred to cloud in front of our eyes and we were on the top I mean above the cloud. After that Sun entered in such great cloudy environment. It was such great experience and a memorable 0ne. We got the chance to see the beauty of nature. Finally we started our returning journey. In the entire trek everyone was enthusiastic and reached at base around 10 P.M. and returned to home safely with such great memory. We should say thanks to Abhijeet Murty,Aditi and Gourav who arranged such great night trek. I would like to suggest everyone to see Skandgiri once in life.
Some snaps here and for more snaps on Picassa click here.
- Gary (Girish Mahajan)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Avagunthan - Yuva's play at Rangadakshini 2010

Yuva presented 'Avagunthan' a one-act play for Rangadakshini 2010, organised by Maharashtra Mandal Bangalore. A new enthusiastic team supported by the experienced Yuva did very well. Won the Best Set award and lots of accolades. Here is a simple slide-show of the journey, hope you like it.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Yuva's successful debut at Sudarshan - Pune

Yes!! Yuva proved themselves, again.

Yuva participated in Sudarshan Rangmanch Dhirganka Spardha which was held in Pune on 25th to 27th Dec 2009. Yuva participated in the competition with Dhirgankika 'Abhas'. The play was written by Pramod Khadilkar and directed by Sujay Ghorpadkar from Yuva .In Bangalore Yuva has participated in different events of Maharashtra Mandal and showed their talent but this time Yuva decided to show our ability in another city like Pune and Yuva ownered with different hats like 'Uttejanarth'(consolation prize) in Best actor and Best Play category. Yuva had got an invitation to participate in the competition after Rangadakshini 2009 performance "Samantar".

Sudarshan Rangmanch Dhirganka Spardha is one of the prestigious competition in Pune. It was my pleasure that I got the chance to involve in a such great event. It was great fun too... I mean starting from reading the script to the actual performance on stage. Every one put their effort to make it happen.

Abhas was based on the people who couldn't complete their dreams and how god give the filling of accomplishment of their dreams through drama.Finally give the hope for life.

To make the event successful Yuva flew with feathers like

Direction: Sujay
Onstage: Pramod,Mayuresh,Nilaj,Shashi,Aboli,
Lights: Ravi, Nikhil Manohar.
Music: Onkar,Sarang
Backstage: Mangesh,Gaurav,Sarus,Gary
Coordinator: Anagha
Other Yuva, both from Bangalore and the ones relocated to Pune like Nikhil, Sagar etc. helped on D-day

Some pictures posted below here. More are available, click the ones below to view the full online album.

- By Girish Mahajan (Gary)