Adakar to present ‘Kanjoos’ at Riverside Theatre on October 18

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Adakar, a newly formed theatre group is all set for its debut performance with the mind boggling comedy show, “Kanjoos”.

The play is an Indian adaptation of Molière’s French comedy “The Miser” in Urdu/ Hindi.

Kanjoos is a colorful and lively costume drama which is scheduled to be staged at the Riverside Theatre on October 18th, 2014.

‘Adakar’ theatre group which is bringing this comedy play,  is a recently formed theatre and cultural group which is committed to bringing the Australian communities together through theatre and cultural exchanges.

The brain child behind this group is Saba Zaidi Abdi, a well-known Theatre and television personality who says that through this theatre group they want to promote better understanding and appreciation of the new subcultures that are emerging in modern Australian society.

The other founding members include Mala Mehta (theatre promoter and Designer), Amitav Goswami (Architect and Theatre enthusiast), Rajeev Maini (Heritage Architect), Shashi Dandekar (Actor, Director), Sheba Nandkeolyar (President Australia India Business Council) and Radhika Mathur (Drama Coordinator & promoter)

Directed by Saba Zaidi Abdi, ‘Kanjoos’ will showcase the local creative talent.

Describing about the Adakar Theatre Group, Saba said, “There is a lot of talent here and to showcase that talent we came up with the idea of ‘Adakar theatre group’.

“ The group comprises of likeminded drama experts and lovers who have volunteered their time and talent to create an organisation that is dedicated to promoting the culture needs of an emerging Indian and South Asian community while also inviting the Australians to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent”, added Saba.

“Being a non-commercial drama group we are committed to entertain the multicultural Australians in their own language and culture with a special focus on South Asian communities,” added Saba.

About the play Saba said, “Set in mid-20th century Northern India, the play is a blend of satire and humor that explores the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation”.

“Kanjoos basically is a hilarious classical comedy that explores the depth of human greed, lust and manipulation which is universally relevant and appealing.  It is the story of Mirza Sakhawat Baig who contrary to his name, is obsessed with the wealth that he has accumulated and is always ready to grab more but spent none. Now a widower, he has a son Farrukh, and a daughter Azra whom he wants to marry for money”, added Saba.

“Seeking to marry both his children off for money, Mirza himself is determined to marry the young and attractive Mariyam – whose heart belongs to Mirza’s son Farrukh. The complication arises when Mirza’s treasure gets stolen. Steeped in family politics, greed, misunderstanding and laced with Molière’s comedic magic, Kanjoos is a must see production”, said Saba.

“ Kanjoos is also an umbrella event of Parramasala Festival 2014. So,  come along with your friends and family and watch this hilarious classical comedy which will definitely leave you spellbound”, said Saba.

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