What began as a theatre apprentice’s curiosity on the world behind the arc lights, went on to transpire as an illustrious journey punctuated with many a milestone. Right from being a performing artist, a Director and Educator, to directing plays in Gujarati, Hindi, English and Marathi, this relationship with the stage and audience has been a cherished one.
Chari has been invited to present original Gujarati play at Various National Theatre Festival, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademy New Delhi, West Zone Cultural Centre Udaipur, and Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademy Gandhinagar. Furthermore, his association with theatre luminaries like Habib Tanvir, B.V.Karanth, Vijaya Mehta, Satish Alekar, K N Panniker, Prof. Markand Bhatt enriched his approach to theatre and performing arts.
An Ex. Member, Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy, Member of Script Scrutiny Board, Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy, he has visited USA and Canada in May 1988, 1989, accompanied Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts, M S University Baroda to conduct workshop, deliver lectures and perform plays. He has also visited USA and Canada in May 1998 as a team member for Rotary Exchange International Program, the United Kingdom in year 2004 at the invitation by Federation of Patidar Associations to conduct a theater workshop and direct a Gujarati play Adhura Manvi, USA in August 2007 to conduct theatre workshop for children at West Palm Beach Florida, and have also been invited in 2011 by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan International London to conduct Theater Workshop & Launch new Theater production, Mare Kone Kahevu.
He has always maintained that his audience and promoters are the only awards and accolades that he has won, he believes that the Junior Fellowship to Outstanding Artist in the year 1994-1995, by Human Resources Department, Govt. of India and the Gaurav Puraskar for contribution to Experimental Gujarati Theatre in September 2007, by Gujarat Sangeet Natak Academy have been one of my most cherished accomplishments.
On a parting one, the invitation to Bharat Rang Mohatsav -15, to present Rabindranath Tagore’s DAAK GHAR and Bharat Rang Mohatsav – 16 Gopal Ane Sayaji, also deserve a special mention while chronicling his contribution to the world of theatre and performing arts.