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Friday, 4 July 2014 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

A photography enthusiast jots down her thoughtson what prompted her to capture the different moods of Prithvi Theatre throughpictures

Built on the aspirations and dreams of the Kapoorfamily, this institution known as Prithvi Theatre has come a long way since itsinception in the 1940s. Prithvi is not just about plays. Prithvi has a mood ofits own, which changes with every passing hour of the day. The place hasenergy and peace. It allows freedom and connectivity to those who are willingto become a part of its flow. There is something it has to offer toeveryone—summertime for children; coffee for teenagers; plays, books, poetry,international cinema and documentaries, performing arts for the literati, amongother things.

Over the years, Prithvi has developed a niche worldof its own. At least that is the impression which I, as a frequent visitor,carry about Prithvi, and I am sure it is the same for others. So, when I got theopportunity to photo capture Prithvi as part of my college (Sophia SCM)assignment, I jumped at the opportunity.

It is rightly said that a picture speaks a thousandwords. This exhibition of photographs is my small and humble tribute to thisheritage institution. It attempts to capture the different 'energy centres' inthe campus, which contribute to create its magic. Through the lens,I have tried to capture the varied moods of Prithvi. Four things you did not know about Prithvi Theatre:1 Prithvistarted as a travelling theatre company.2 It isthe only theatre that stages more than 550 plays a year.3 Interms of the structure, design and presentation, this place is more traditionalthan any other theatre. 4 Theonly place where 'Summertime' for kids happens on a large scale, Prithvi, infact, has become synonymous with 'Summertime'.

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