About Us

Mandar Vaidya has been awarded the Order Of Australia Medal for his contribution to the performing arts on the 26th January 2019 by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria.

Nataydarpan Indian Theatre Academy ( NITA or Natyadarpan ) is a Melbourne based leading Theatre Group. 

Natydarpan conducts acting workshops and presents dramas regularly to Melbourne audiences. Natydarpan heartily welcomes and looks for enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals to join the theatre activity. We help developing actors, directors, writers, translators, singers, background music providers, stage light and sound specialists, promoters, sound, set designers amongst those joining Natydarapn.

Natyadarpan was formed by Indian Australians living in Melbourne, Australia.

The word “Natya” in the Sanskrit language means Drama or Theatre. The word “Darpan” in the Sanskrit language means Mirror Reflection.

Natyadarpan through its activities strives to project reflections of life experiences in a theatrical form.

Indian theatre originated in ancient times. Sanskrit theatre emerged in the 2nd century BCE and flourished from the 1st century CE. The Nāṭya Śāstra is a Sanskrit text on the performing arts. The text is attributed to sage Bharata Muni, and its first complete compilation is dated to between 200 BCE and 200 CE, but estimates vary between 500 BCE and 500 CE.  Today, In India, the theatre is a highly popular performing art. Indian films industry, popularly known as “Bollywood”, originated from the theatre activity in Mumbai. 

Migrant Indians have taken this rich cultural heritage to many corners of the world.  In Melbourne, Indian migration began about 175 years ago.

Mandar Vaidya OAM has pursued the most sustained Indian theatre activity in Melbourne since 2002. Mandar, who is an alumnus of Mumbai’s Prithvi Theatre http://www.prithvitheatre.org/, Mumbai was a new migrant to Australia then. Since then,  Mandar has acted and directed in over 35 plays in English, Hindi and Marathi languages. 

In 2015, Mandar was joined by other theatre enthusiasts to form a Social Enterprise community group “Natyadarpan”. Natydarpan has presented till date over 11 plays, 6 theatre workshops and 2 mono acting festivals. Each year Natydarpan participates in Good Friday Appeal to raise funds and has raised over $20,000 till date. Proceeds from Natydarpan shows are regularly donated to needy organizations.

Mandar Vaidya- Repertoire

wdt_ID Year Name of Play Written/ Adapted by Nature Role
1 2018 06 Mono Acting and 3 Duet performances Various Mono Acting Festival Direction
2 2018 Sarhadein Asghar Wajahat 2 Act Play Direction
3 2018 Darjaa Rahul Supekar 1 Act Play Creative Direction
4 2018 Daani Bhisham Sahani 2 Act Play Direction
5 2017 10 Mono Acting performances Various Mono Acting Festival Direction
6 2017 Holika Nalin Sharda Musical 1 Act Play Direction and Acting
7 2017 Tajmahal Ka Tender Ajay Shulka 1 Act Play Direction and Acting
8 2017 Panchi Aise Aate Hain Vijay Tendulkar 1 Act Play Direction
9 2017 Lonely Flower Roy Kossena 1 Act Play Direction
10 2017 Hukm Ki Raani Anamika Sharma 1 Act Play Direction