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.
|Year||Play/ Project||Written/ Adapted by/ Performed By||Nature||Role|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Reyna, Ayra, Manasi & Rushi Shah||Curtain Raiser||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Rabia Shahid||The Brass rule of gift exchange||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Ivan Chowdhury||A new father's feelings||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Anushka Pradhan||Sibling Struggles||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Swati Dashputre||Ekla Chalo Re||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Gursharan Kaur||Poha||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Bhavishya Agarwal||Parchai||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Chanchal Kumavat||Safalta||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Kartik Srinivasan||Guru||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Sanya Bhandari||Self love||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Anjali Lele||Weekend||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Tanay Khairnar||A very bad start to the day!||Direction|
|2021||Katha A Festival Of Monologues||Komal Sanghani||Main kaun?||Direction|
|2020||Bouquet- Panchayat||Improvised By The Team||Comedy Play||Direction|
|2020||Bouquet- Trapped||Written and Directed by) Sharmili Lele||Comedy Thriller Play||Production|
|2020||Bouquet- Hera Pheri 2020||Improvised By The Team||Comedy Play||Direction|
|2020||Bouquet- Saaya||Improvised By The Team||Comedy Horror Play||Direction|
|2020||Bouquet- Natasamraat||V V Shirwadkar, adapted by Bharati Bibikar, Directed by Mukund Deshpande||Snippet of Natasamraat||Production|
|2020||Bouquet- Teen Kahaniya||Improvised by the team||Light Comedy Skit||Direction|
|2020||Bouquet- The Mistake||Written by Poulomi Deshpande, Directed by Mukund Deshpande||Suspense Thriller Play||Production|
|2020||Bouquet- Lock Down Ke Side Effects||Written and directed by Ajinkya Pawar||Social Play||Production|
|2020||Bouquet- Jugaad International||Written and directed by Vipin Gaindhar||Comedy Play||Production and Creative Direction|
|2020||Sadras Cafe||Saurabh Mishra and Prajakta Kale||Comedy Play||Production and Creative Direction|
|2020||Prism , a festival of monologues and a comedy play||Scripts written / adapted inhouse; Kuch Bhi Ho Sakta Hain written by Vipin Gaindhar||Monologue festival||Production, Creative Direction|
|2019||Phobia Workshop||Saurabh Mishra||Comedy Skit||Creative Director|
|2019||Argument Clinic||Saurabh Mishra||Comedy Skit||Creative Director|
|2019||News Attack||Rahul Supekar, Directed by Mukund Deshpande||Comedy 1 Act Play||Creative Direction|
|2019||The Theif Witches Doll||Roy Kossena||1 Act Play||Direction|
|2019||Sarhadein Part 2||Written by Asghar Wajahat & Adapted by Namrata Sharma||2 Act Play||Direction|
|2014||Fulrani||P L Deshpande/ Bharati Bibikar||2 Act Play||Direction|
|2013||Gharonda||Vijay Tendulkar||Kids Play||Direction|
|2013||Sandese||Sudhir Kavadi/ Rajesh Bibikar||1 Act Play||Direction and Acting|
|2013||Dreams||Roy Kossena||1 Act Musical Play||Direction|
|2013||Mayajaal||P L Deshpande/ Satyen Mishra||2 Act Play||Direction|
|2012||Growing Up||Amaulika RInge and Aditi Dawre||Kids Play||Direction|
|2012||Investment||Vasant Sabnis/ Rajesh Bibikar||1 Act Play||Direction|
|2011||Suryachi Pille||Vasant Kanetkar||3 Act Play||Direction and Acting|
|2010||Goulan||Mandar Vaidya||1 Act Play||Direction|
|2010||Patravali||Sudhir Kavadi||1 Act Play||Direction|
|2009||Sutticha Diwas||Dr Manohar||1 Act Play||Direction|
|2009||Lagnachi Bedi||Acharya P K Atre||3 Act Play||Direction and Acting|
|2008||Ekda Pahava Karun||Ratnakar Matkari||3 Act Play||Direction|
|2005||Pratibimba||Mahesh Elkunchvar||1 Act Play||Co-Direction and Acting|
|2003||Investment||Vasant Sabnis||1 Act Play||Acting|
|2002||Gela Madhav Konikade||Vasant Sabnis||3 Act Play||Acting|
|1995||Amhi Latike Na Bolu||P L Deshpande||Extended 1 Act Play||Acting|
|1994||Mrigjal||Sandeep Sawant||1 Act Play||Acting|
|1994||Bumbai Ke Kauvve||Shafaat Khan||Extended 1 Act Play||Acting|
|1994||Pratibimba||Mahesh Elkunchvar||Extended 1 Act Play||Acting|
|1993||Lagnachi Bedi||Acharya Atre||3 Act Play||Acting|
|1993||Sandarbhasahit Spashtikaran||Bal Sawant||1 Act Play||Acting|
|1992||Bhramacha Bhopla||Acharya Atre||3 Act Play||Acting|
|1992||United States Of India||Vijay Mhaiskar||1 Act Play||Acting|
|1991||Patravali||Sudhir Kavadi||1 Act Play||Acting|
|1990||Vidyanagarit Gondhal||Raghunath Shetkar||1 Act Play||Acting|
|1988||Soneri Dokyacha Masaa||Mandar Vaidya||Kids Play||Acting|
|1985||Sangeet Bhel||Mandar Vaidya||Kids Play||Direction|
|1983||Chandanyanche Dagine||Mrinmayi Barpande||Kids Play||Acting|
|Year||Play/ Project||Written/ Adapted by/ Performed By||Nature||Role|