‘Hunkaro’ by Mohit Takalkar at Perform Sharjah


Hunkaro, Mohit Takalkar. Photo: © Garv Sabharwal

Dates: February 17 – 18, 2024
Time: 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM (Duration: 90 Minutes)
Venue: Calligraphy Square, Sharjah Art Foundation
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Sharjah Art Foundation and Ishara Art Foundation co-present Hunkaro by the award-winning theatre director and playwright, Mohit Takalkar. Premiering in the UAE as part of the second season of Perform Sharjah, the play will be presented at the Calligraphy Square, Sharjah, on 17th and 18th February 2024.

Hunkaro, meaning ‘verbal affirmation’ in Marathi, refers to the art of listening. Using traditional singing and vocal techniques, stories are narrated in different styles, languages and dialects by six professional actors who speak and sing in Marwari, Hindi, Awadhi and Haryanvi; employing unique vocalising techniques that emphasise the aesthetic value of different languages. The play interweaves three contemporary tales of human hardships, tied together by the vital importance of hope.

Pre-booking tickets is mandatory to attend the performance.

About Mohit Takalkar:
Mohit Takalkar Theatre director, playwright, filmmaker and restaurateur Mohit Takalkar (b. 1977, Pune) likes to describe himself as a jack of all trades. He co-founded the Pune-based theatre company Aasakta Kalamanch in 2003 and received the Charles Wallace scholarship in 2009, which enabled him to pursue an MA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter, UK.  Takalkar has directed more than 30 experimental plays. In 2015, his adaptation of Palestinian playwright Amir Nizar Zuabi’s play I Am Yusuf and This Is My Brother won five awards at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards. His many accolades and awards include the Homi Bhabha Fellow Award (2016–2018); Sangeet Natak Akademi: Ustaad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar (2017); and Shankar Nag Theatre Award (2015).

About Sharjah Art Foundation:
Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art within the Emirate of Sharjah and the surrounding region, in dialogue with the international arts community. The Foundation advances an experimental and wide-ranging programmatic model that supports the production and presentation of contemporary art, preserves and celebrates the distinct culture of the region, and encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art. The Foundation’s core initiatives include the long-running Sharjah Biennial, featuring contemporary artists from around the world; the annual March Meeting, a convening of international arts professionals and artists; grants and residencies for artists, curators and cultural producers; ambitious and experimental commissions; and a range of travelling exhibitions and scholarly publications.