Mallika Taneja’s Thoda Dhyaan Se is set to be performed at Mumbai’s Sitara Studio on Mar 10, as part of a special programme commemorating International Women’s Day. Last year, she completed a seven-show whirlwind tour in September. Here are some glimpses from those outings.
An archival interview with Namit Das, in which the actor-singer of the Mumbai stage looks back at his musical legacy.
What are your earliest memories of music?
My earliest memories take me back to Mahim, to the house where we used to stay, Makrand Seh Niwas. It was the first house we had shifted into, as paying guests, when my father (ghazal singer Chandan Dass) arrived in Mumbai. Everything took place with the sea as a backdrop — my father’s riyaaz, my trying to mimic him on the ‘baby harmonium’ that my mother (Yamini Dass) had bought me.
Being a director, it’s not very easy for me to collaborate with another director in the capacity of a scenographer. However, collaborating with Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry is different. I adore the clarity of her thoughts and the provocative critical positions that she courageously takes in her work. This I find extraordinary. Last year we did Bitter Fruit and now Naked Voices. Both plays are based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s works and performed by some brilliant actors from the National School of Drama.