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Money for the muses: Performing arts find new ways to keep the show going

Young India needs exposure to the arts to get in touch with their imagination, said Rama Bijapurkar Author and marketing consultant

Director-actor Yuki Ellias in her play, Elephant in the Room. Photo: Junoon
Director-actor Yuki Ellias in her play, Elephant in the Room. Photo: Junoon

Inside a dilapidated mill compound in Mumbai’s now tony but once purely working class district, Parel, in an auditorium sealed with darkness, a motley group sits in silence. Homemakers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, CEOs, a few artistes, musicians and actors — the room is a microcosm of the city that has patched them together as custodians of the mesmerising performance playing out before them. On stage, actor Yuki Ellias has the room in thrall, essaying multiple roles in a play, Elephant in the Room, that she has also directed. Her performance, the venue ...