By Vaishali Basu, Educator
Vikas Kamble, Yogeshwar Bendre, Harshala Sharma, and Vardhan Deshpande from the Maharashtra-based theatre troupe Goshtarang created a magical world with their adaptation of the beloved story Moin and the Monster by Anushka Ravishankar. The performance, enhanced by basic audio effects and minimal stage props, showcased the power of imagination, leaving young hearts captivated.
Moin and the Monster took on a new life in the hands of the performers from Goshtarang, known for using theatre as a tool to introduce the world of print and bridge literacy gaps in children living in the rural and tribal hamlets of Maharashtra. The adaptation, presented in Hindi, added a delightful cultural touch, making it accessible to a broader audience. The central challenge of the story sparked curiosity: how does Moin draw the monster under his bed without actually seeing him?
The stage, adorned with props like a simple block for a bed, allowed imagination to take centre stage. Basic audio effects, particularly percussion, provided a rhythmic backdrop, enhancing the storytelling experience. As the tale unfolded, Moin’s vivid imagination became the driving force, dominating the stage and capturing the hearts of the audience.
A standout moment of the performance was a catchy song that invited the children to join in. The excitement in the room was palpable as little ones crept towards the stage, drawn in by the enchanting narrative. The lively participation reached its peak as some brave souls even ventured onto the stage, absorbed in the world of Moin and his evolving monster.
What made Moin and the Monster truly special was the transformative nature of the monster itself. As Moin’s imagination danced across the stage, the monster changed, adapting to the whims of the young boy’s creativity. It was a beautiful representation of the limitless possibilities that reside in a child’s mind.
In the end, Goshtarang didn’t just present a story on stage; they crafted an immersive experience where storytelling, music, and audience interaction converged. Moin and the Monster became a celebration of imagination, leaving an indelible mark on both the young and the young at heart. As the curtains fell, the lingering magic of the performance echoed in the hearts of the audience, a testament to the enchanting power of stories brought to life on stage.