Sanjana Kapoor carries a big responsibility on her slender shoulders - running Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, a family legacy she inherited from parents Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal. But she says she enjoys it thoroughly and is confident that theatre will outlive technology.
"I'm surprised that most of the audience patronising the Prithvi Theatre Festival in three venues in the city comprise young people who are used to interacting with each other through SMSes, MMSes, e-mail and e-mail chats. So watching a live-action play is a revelation to them and therefore they are enjoying the experience. Mark my word, theatre will outlive technology," Sanjana told IANS.
Perusing the Prithvi Theatre Website it is interesting to find that, unlike the critics at such esteemed publications as, say, the New Yorker, the community, audiences and staff at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai still find relevance and inspiration in the works of Arthur Miller and Henrik Ibsen.
Here is a NYTimes piece, written in 2000, about the Prithvi and the theatre scene in Bombay.