Prithvi Theatre Mumbai
Centre Stage of the theatre
An annual summertime program of workshops, plays conducted for children, the Memorial Concert conducted on every February 28th and programs for the promotion of languages and poetry are the major events conducted in the Prithvi Theater for the public every year.
History of the Prithvi Theater in MumbaiPrithviraj Kapoor founded the Prithvi Theatres in the year of 1942. It was a traveling troupe of one fifty members during the initial stages of the theater and they have conducted shows all over India. Kalidasa's classic "Shakuntala" was the maiden performance of this traveling troupe.
The talented Prithviraj Kapoor played lead in the major role in most of the plays conducted during this time. The main source of funding for the activities of the theater was Prithviraj Kapoors income from the Bollywood film industry.
Reemergence of the Prithvi TheatreWhen the Prithvi Theater was founded in 1942, it didn't have a permanent play house. It was working as a traveling troupe. Prithviraj Kapoor dreamed about having a permanent space for his theater company. In the year of 1962 Prithviraj Kapoor took a plot in Juhu, on the lease basis to reemerge as the Prithvi Theatre, on its own land. But his health issues and death in 1972 delayed the reemergence.
Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer decided to buy the land on which Prithviraj Kapoor was planning to start the theater. For the sake of promotion of performing arts they established the Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation. As a result of their efforts the theater was inaugurated on November 5th 1978.
Udhwastha Dharmashala was the first play staged in the Prithvi Theatre and Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani performed in the play on lead roles. "Bakri", a political satire, directed by M. S. Sathyu, was the play staged in the theater following the "Udhwastha Dharmashala".
About Prithviraj KapoorPrithviraj Kapoor was the pioneer of Hindi theaters and Bollywood film industry. During the premature era of Hindi cinemas. He started his career as an actor and dedicated his efforts for the development of Hindi film industry. He was honored with the Padma Bhushan Award by the Government of India, in 1969 and given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the contributions to the Indian cinema, in 1971.
People at Prithvi Theatre