मराठी बाणा (Marathi Bana)

Got a chance to watch मराठी बाणा (Marathi Baana), a cultural orchestra by Mr. Ashok Hande of Chaurang group. It was one of the best live performances I have ever seen. Every thing seems to be perfect in terms of production, lights, execution. A team of around 125 people perform with sheer perfection and coordination. Its a fast track show and always keeps you interested in the show.

The singing and dancing performances are excelling. No margin of error . Very enthusiastic. The performers are not doing for the sake of doing it. Every one puts his/her 100% and feels like they are part of that moment and this gives an altogether different smile on the face of the audience.

The show covers how Marathi people celebrated festivals/functions like Diwali, New Years (Gudhi Padawa), Dahi Handi, Marriage etc. The drunk man (बेवडा ) in the marriage is excellent. The way he is handled during the marriage is amazing. Those who have seen how the drunk people behave and are handled especially in villages during such functions, can appreciate it ( I have see it ;) ). Also, if there are 50 performers on the stage, each one will have his/her role at every instance and you need to watch all of them. Every detail is taken care of. And thats what makes it an excellent performance.

The show covers most of the cultural aspects of Marathi junta. The history and geography is well covered. But I feel they have missed out on the cultural aspects of entire Maharashtra. Its mostly Mumbai-Pune-Konkan region based. No attempt to touch Marathwada, Vidarbha etc. Powada is also surprisingly missing in the play.

Language is no bar for this orchestra. Any non-marathi person can also enjoy it. Infact we had one Bong person with us and she liked it very much. Its more of an experience to watch the show than describing it here. I got 100 times more satisfaction than what I expected and guarantee that the same will happen with you also.


  1. two marathi people can think so much alike... i have the same feelings about this "Marathi Bana"


  2. Marathi Bana truly rocks !!! i loved it to the core and i think every marathi youngster must watch it and shud feel proud abt our culture...

  3. We are American and saw this in January in Mumbai. I agree with everything you said--it was inspiring and exciting and organized and produced beautifully as a total experience, starting with two young women in the entry hallway creating an elaborate rangoli and topped with the dancing, singing, and skits. Every though we don't understand Marathi, the comedy skits were crystal clear. Our only wish is that we could have heard the singing and music more naturally and not so overly amplified that it almost distorted the musician's sounds.

  4. AnonymousMay 04, 2009

    Exactly my experience of The Bana - Marathi Bana. Will watch it every time I visit. Really wish they could take the show around the world - but really difficult with 125 artists. Difficult but doable - if the Marathi Bana around the world really wakes up and makes that decision.

  5. AnonymousJuly 23, 2009

    I was so very happy to know the fact that tickets of Marathi drama were sold in black as show gets houseful as soon as the ticket counters are open. Being a great Marathi theater fan i am very very happy and take this oppurtunity to wish Mr. Ashok Hande heartiest congratulations and burdenning him with more expectations as we know he is going to do full justice to viewers expectations. Great Going Sir.... We are proud of you :)

  6. it is very enjoyable play,there are must like all of,who are watch this play.

  7. awesome awesome awesome awesome show!!! luvd n enjoyed every minute of it... very proud to be marathi...

  8. lovely maharashtiyan Program....
    nice way to show marathi feelings and enjoyment..
    No words for Marahi Bana.......

  9. there are many things to do & feel here so it is very become make feel good & proud to be an maharashtriyan!!!!!!
    salaaam for marathi bana.......

  10. mastch aahe , 17 march 2010 lo nagpur la baghitala

    mala parta pahayacha aahe kuni kuthehi asel tar sangel ka ?
    pramod_walke@yahoo.com.in var.. dhanyawad

  11. AnonymousMay 30, 2010

    wah! wah! Marathi Baana vishai kitihi sangitl tari kamich aahe Shri. Ashokji Hande yaani khupach sundar karykram rachla aahe mi majhe mitr Shri Pradeep Patil yanna shatsha dhanywad dete tyani sarwa pratham mala ya show chi mahiti dili 2005 madhe aani tya nantar jeva jeva mala sandhi milali mi swata aani majhya family la ha show dakhwala aahe aani sangayla khup anand hoto ki mala pratyek veli kautuk aaikayla milal aahe mala MARATHI aasnyacha aabhiman watato.
    Mi aajchya pidhitil sarwa tarun mitr matrinina sangu ichite ki jar aaplyala aapli sanskruti tikwaychi aasel tar tumhi ha show jarur bagha aani tumchya samparkatil sarwana pan dakhwa.
    Mi Ashokji Hande yana punha ekda dhanywad dete aani aasech sphurti wardhak karykram aamchya sathhi rachat raha aashi shubhecha dete.
    (navi mumbai la aaple show far kami hotat pl tumhi yachi dakhal ghyavi aani show wadhwavet.)

    Deepa Vedante.

  12. AnonymousJuly 04, 2010

    its just awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee

  13. VISHAL HANDEJuly 22, 2010

    its relay very beautiful marathi program
    i have saw a lot of time in pune this program
    ME MARATHI..................

  14. sir i like your program pan mala tya madhe fakta eakach choak adhali ti mhanje ending la tumhi shivrajyabhisek dakhvava.

  15. Its really superb programme....showing our marathi culture....Thank u Hande sir..and your entire team for great effort.


  16. Are there any videos of this wonderful show?

  17. Tooooooooooo........ Awesome progpram yaar
    / "pratyek maharashtriyan manasane maranya aadhi ekda tari ha show jaroor pahava "/ hich sarvaat mothi daad mi deu shakto. Sampurna show apratim ahech pan 'Lakh lakh chanderi tejachi' he gaane sarvottam sadar kele gele ahe. khup khup dhanyavad ashok sir JAI MAHARASHTRA. .......sagar

  18. konala marathi bana cha choreographer mahit asel tar mala plz tyaacha contact no. dyaaaa..........

  19. One of the best marathi Cultural Drama I have ever seen. A standing clap and Hats off to Marathi Bana. Saraswati is in the voice of each and everyone. Laxmi will be there. Shakti will cast off all the evils who ever harm the 125 characters. Even the GOD will come here and give a standing clap after seeing MARATHI BANA.

  20. Its Marvelous

  21. AnonymousJuly 23, 2011

    We saw this awesome program once in Mumbai and today in Chicago ..... Let me tell you it was spectacular ..... 4000 maharshtrain audience from US, Canada were mesmerized ..... What a treat for our kids who are away from the mahar ashtrian culture!!!! Just awesome program


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  24. Brilliant concept & leaves you on an emotional high. Goes across generations & ages. The energy is boundless...
    Worth every dime of money & more.

  25. मराठी बाणा : १२५ कलाकार,चांगली रोषणाई,अप्रतिम आवाजाची प्रत, सुंदर पारंपारिक संगीत,उत्तम निवेदन, अशोक हांडे आणि सहकारी खूप छान

  26. Tooooooooooo........ Awesome progpram Sir,
    "pratyek maharashtriyan manasane ekda tari ha show jaroor pahava "/ hich sarvaat mothi gost aahe ti mi tumhala sangato. Sampurna show apratim ahech pan 'Lakh lakh chanderi tejachi' he gaane sarvottam sadar kele gele ahe. khup khup dhanyavad ashok sir jyani marathi bana he ocresta sadar kele. JAI MAHARASHTRA. .......

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  31. I saw this 90mm Marathi Bana first time in sion auditorium & this is never ever seen top class show. Ashok handed & all background star hats off u. But after that I goes with my family truly this program is awesome. One of the favorite movement of marriage, jogwa & many other.


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