THE CALCUTTA PARSI AMATEUR DRAMATIC CLUB

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THE CALCUTTA PARSI AMATEUR DRAMATIC CLUB

(Established 1907)

 
On 14th September 1907, a group of Parsee thespians banded together to form the Club. In 1908, the Club gave its first performance free for the Calcutta Parsees on the occasion of Navroz. It would continue for the next 99 years and in August 2007 that magical century mark was ushered in. 100 years of the Natak performed each and every year come hell or high water.
 
In 1910, the Club repeated its performance for the Gujarati speaking communities and this too would become a tradition.
 
In the early and middle years of its existence, long serious plays, tragedies and melodramas, replete with a number of songs, were the order of the day. But, with the passage of time, tastes changed and hilarious comedies   sans songs   took over. What also changed was the presence of ladies on the stage from 1955; prior to that, males properly made up, played female roles.
 
The Club derives its main revenue from advertisements in the brochures published at the time of the Natak, and donates part of its surplus funds to deserving charities.
  To commemorate the memory of departed members, the Club has established Educational Scholarship Funds from which needy Parsee students are helped annually.   A landmark in the Club's history, of which it can justifiably feel proud, has been the presence of the past Governors of West Bengal, Sri Gopalkrishna Gandhi and Sri Viren Shah, at its Nataks over the last few years.   During its Centenary Celebrations in 2007; the club held various functions during the years 2006-2007 which culminated with release of a souvenir detailing a hundred eventful years of the club. The tradition continues and nataks are still held every year for the community!!

CPADC COMMITTEE 2015-16

 

President:                               Cyrus Madan

Vice-Presidents:                   Yasmin Kapadia & Pervez Kaikobad

Hony. Secretary:                   Anahita Gupta

Asst. Hony. Secretary:         Navaz Gherda

Hony. Treasurer:                   Sarosh Vatcha

Director:                                  Noshir Wadia

Committee Members:         Zafia Writer & Cyrus Colah

CPADC - JASHAN 3

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