Thursday, July 30, 2015


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We (Dance Union) are excited to bring 'Lighting Design' by popular demand to performers & performance-makers across Delhi-NCR as the next capacity building workshop under 'Dance Union'.

Subject - Lighting Design:
'Technical rehearsal' is a major part of a performer's life. It involves understanding of lights, sound & stage for the performance to be enhanced and imagined in its finality. As performers, we are mostly juggling with these aspects. This workshop is designed to teach the basics of light designing that will enable each performer to understand, engage with and have a conclusive dialogue with the lighting team (designers & technicians). This is a two day workshop with theory and hands-on practice.

Murali Basa, a practitioner in lighting & direction and a research scholar on the digital arts and performance in Indian context, is our esteemed facilitator for this workshop. 

Anasuya Vaidya of 'Akshara Theatre' has made this possible at a very short notice to partner with Dance Union to conduct this workshop at the Indoor Katah Studio, graciously. We are very thankful.

Key notes:
  1. Please be at the venue to 
     at desk by 10:30 AM on 13th August.
  2. Lunch is available on purchase. 
  3. Kindly register at the link below by the 11th of August, 5 PM.
Please circulate amidst your friends & peers and be sure to be there!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Andheri ki Romeo Juliet

Andheri ki Romeo Juliet Lights Muralibasa

I tried myself to work with Rasika Agase as I was very much impresseive with her working style. Somehow I got a chance of opportunity through Zessan.
for me it's a small shock when he asked me he asked me to execute the lights. I started listening their lines in front of Bhahumukh and came to conclusion that it will be a different experience. Yes finally I had that.
By the time I have seen the set I was totally confused how to make more visible. After 10 mins discussion I understand that the whole play is going in three layers. 1. The narrators narrating the story of Romeo Juliet. 2. The adaptation of the play in contemporary performance. 3. The original Shakespeare's Romeo Juliet. As know the story of the original play it will be easy for me that's what I tthought initially. We had gone for a tech run cue by cue and I programmed all the cues accidenordingly. And executed the lights in smoother way. It's a cool experience when one understand the thematic format of design.

Play Name: Andheri ki Romeo Juliet
Concept and Direction: Rasika Agase
Design: Diren
Lights execution: Muralibasa
On stage Happy and Kiran
Off stage : Akshay,  Zeesan and Satish
Photo credit: Sahid. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NRITYAARCHANA.... a Kuchipudi performance

Nrityaarchana performed by Mahati Bhikshu Choreography Aruna Bhikshu Lights Design Murali Basa

A tribute to Guru Yelleswarapu Suryaprakasa sarma Garu, It was my pleasure to work with the eminent guru Smt Aruna Bhikshu. I have discussed the colour scheme and made a variant colour scheme in the live performance.
Mahati Bhikshu performed as an experienced dancer made a clean gesture towards her strong career in a traditional dance performances. 
Eventhough thr stage has limited lights, the best intensity and colour have come up with clear images. 
Jaavali (జావళీ)  is a dance performance by Mahati is another intersting performance. Music by D.S.V. Shastri have given a melody music for that night. 

Programme: Nrityaarchana 
Choreography: Smt: Aruna Bhikshu
Lights Design:  Murali Basa
Venue: Rabindra Bharathi, Hyderabad

photos link here.


Friday, May 30, 2014


A straight Proposal 

An artistic approach towards 377 verdict, A play about not straights, A love story of the marginalized people. From the day 1 we have started working on the play through the scenography. The play has mutli places . We have started creating a model in a way that where we can find "hide and seek" through the set. It was intially designed as rigid set in the centre stage and the other sides we have attached some flats to counter the rigidness.

But where as in the second show we have transformed all these rigidness of the set into flexible. The innovation of this particular module of transporting of the set, added choreography is an asset for the play. The set and the lights have given life to the whole play. Its a brave attempt made from  me in accordance to the budget. Those locations in the story have been executed through the minor displacements of the flat of 6 by 4 ft with the net cloth. I was also trying to bring out the depth through my lighting which was appreciated by more audience in SRC.

Play Name :   A straight Proposal
Director :       Happy Ranajit
Scenography:  Murali Basa

For more Details about the play and Photographs visit the Face Book Page

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Stage Management and Lighting Assistance : Murali Basa
I feel very happy to work with Bharat Sharma, my teacher. Narendra Sharma festival of Dance this time concentrated more about the solo performances of contemporary performers. The festival has 12 solo performances. The performances started with Sojini Gupta performance, which combines with the digital media as the design element had created an illusion of light and had given new impact on the performers body.

The performances by Bharat Sharma, Surjeet Singh, Rajsree and Subro Gosh have made aclear impact to the audience. These solo performances are individual with different ideas conceived by the performers  with a perceptible approach towards choreography.

The interactive dance of Mr Santosh Nair, with the digital media has shown the developments in the Indian dance performances. The design of the choreography is much more attractive. The inner image of the performer was screened on 30 by 40 screen on the cyclorama and the dancer was made a good interaction while performing on the stage. He also made 7 boxes on stage and interacted seven images on the screen with different movement and Mudras. I think as 7 is the most important number for Indians, The choreographer might used 7 boxes on the stage.

Neha Gupta and Himani Sharma the principle dancers of Bhoomika devised a meaningful performances from their own experiences. These performances  are  vibrant and vital in the festival. The moment based performances by Subhasish and Sangeeta Sharma had given an understand of classical adaptations of Indian dances.

The talkative dancer , a performance by Sumith Nagdev, definitely made the audience laugh. The performance comibines so many dance forms with the poem and script written by the performer. Martha Graham dance not the MARATHA GARAM dance was an interesting peace in his performance.

Karan's performance of ballet dance is a new kind of performance in the festival. It was attractive with out making an impact on the audience.

Being Stage Manager and the Lighting Assistance for the whole festival of dance had given me a different kind of experience to train Nirmal, Ankit and Neeraj. The festival went very smooth without much difficulties as its well planned in advance and well coordinated with all. The comparing of Sushmitha Gosh and project ideas by Tripura Kashyap is another advantage for the festival to be succeed. In and all Goutham's co ordination and lights design added a different flavour to the whole festival.