amal zaveriwrote on Jan 26 2012 7:08PM
Bhadrakant Zaveri, 11-10-1937 to 29-10-1993. His career as a dramatist spans over 3 decades (1959-1993) during which, he gave 35 plus one-act and 20 full-length plays to the Gujarati Theatre. These plays have been produced in various cities like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Surat, Kolkotta, Kochi, Coimbatore and smaller cities and towns such as Rajkot, Nadiad, Navsari, Jamshedpur, Silvaasa and Rajpipla. Besides directing numerous one-act and 11 full-length plays from different languages and acting in approximately 50 plays, between 1985 and 1988 he produced 5 plays under the banner of 'Anaagat", a theatre production company founded by him: Vahaali Aavi Sapnaa Laavi, Saap-Seedi, Bhavai Ek Praacheen Ek Arvaacheen, Ghatna, Haa, Chhe To Aa Naatak. From 1970-1971, he was the editor of Samvaad, a theatre magazine founded by him and published from Vadodra. His repertoire includes story, screen-play and dialogue writing for Hindi feature films Kabhi-Kabhi, Noori, Baazaar, Karmayogi as assistant writer to Sagar Sarhadi; Hindi film Lorie, which he wrote independently; play scripts for radio and television; novellas and poems. He contributed a politically nuanced weekly column Thande Kaleje for Jansatta, a Gujarati daily published from Ahmedabad-Vadodra. A number of one-act plays written by him have received awards and acclaim in various drama competitions: Best performance trophy: Chaandaapoli, 1961, Bagadiyo Bagdyo, 1962, Cheena-Meena Chaun-Maun, 1963, Olkhaan, 1966, Raat Padi Ghar Jaa Ne Baalak, Brahm Latakaan Kare and Usha e Shun Joyun, 1967, Kataakshman, 1969. Award for best original play script: Usha e Shun Joyun, 1967, Brahm Latkaan Kare, 1968, Kataakshman 1970, Munshi Shield (Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan inter-collegiate one-act play competition), Usha e Shun Joyun, 1967, (the topmost award at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's inter-collegiate one-act play competition for the best play from the award winning plays in 14 languages). Some of his other noteworthy one-act plays include Ta Telephone no Ta, Eklun Kalu, Shikaar, Bichaara Jan No Vesh. Selected full-length plays (post 1964): Manju-Manju, (first produced by Indian National Theatre, Mumbai, directed by Pravin Joshi and subsequently by Pravin Joshi Theatres, directed by Arvind Joshi); E Ishvar Bhajiyan Tale (directed by Jagdish Shah); Mina Mena Mona directed by Chandravadan Bhatt); Mautni Mulakaat (directed by Adi Marazban); Door Door Aara (directed by Bharat Dave, Mumbai, Ashok Redde, Vadodra, Vijay Dutt, Mumbai); Chhe ne aa Chhokri (directed by Kanti Madia); Svapna Menka (directed by Amrut Patel); Vahaali Aavi Sapnaa Laavi (directed by Bharat Dave Mumbai, Bhadrakant Zaveri Mumbai, Shailraaj, Ahmedabad); Saachun Sagpan Sathvaaro, Saap-Seedi, Ghatna, Bhavai Ek Pracheen Ek Arvaacheen, Haa, Chhe To Aa Naatak (directed by Bhadrakant Zaveri). During the course of his theatre practice, he became acquainted with the field of visual arts. In 1971, in partnership with artist and designer Bharati Kapadia, he founded Art & Attitudes, a design studio specialising in design and production of art related material as books, catalogues, posters and turnkey exhibition projects, art consultancy for contemporary Indian art collectors and promotion through sourcing and show-casing art by younger artists. In October 1993, the day after he returned from a 15 day stay in Chennai, Bhadrakant Zaveri was critically injured in a bomb blast at Matunga railway station in Mumbai and lost his life the same night.