Once in a way you get to see a good play, and if it is a musical, then nothing like it. Kalpataru is an adaptation of an ancient Kannada folk tale which was put across in an interesting manner.
The play in Hindi was put up at Symbiosis Auditorium, Pune on 24th (there was a show held in Mumbai the previous day)
What I liked best about the play was that it was performed by school children. They had no inhibitions and performed with ease. The flawless performance was an indication of the number of rehearsals that they must have gone through.
The usual story tellers that you see in Marathi plays were present here too in the form of Chota seth and Mota seth.
To make it interesting they have mixed a little bit of the modern, like the king sitting on the throne taking selfies
Even though I have a lot of video footage, I made a short video of the interesting parts which runs to about six minutes and uploaded it on YouTube.
Another thing that impressed me was that there were no photographers running around blocking the view and there were no annoying flashes. So I too put up my tripod in one corner and managed to capture some good pictures.
The costume, the lighting and the music were perfect which goes to say that the funding from Flowering Tree, Inc was properly utilized.
Proof of a good performance is a standing ovation at the final curtain call.