ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa Brings 'Goodness Gracious Me' to Goa
ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa presented ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ a play directed by Aamir Raza Husain for the first time in Goa. This event was a tribute to the WelcomTheatre initiative by ITC Hotels. It expresses ITC Hotels commitment and aspiration to the nurturing and the promotion of the arts. Over 35 years’ landmark plays such as 1947 LIVE, The Legend of Ram-Prince of India, The Fifty Day War and Sare Jahan Se Achha have been some of the experiences of this commitment. The evening was hosted by the resort’s General Manager, Bhagwan Balani. Theatre enthusiasts, connoisseurs and corporate leaders, all came together to celebrate an evening filled with fun, humour and passion. Featuring a cast of professional actors, including the well-known Padmashree awardee Mr. Aamir Raza Husain to the Goan community veterans, the theatre took the audience on an extraordinary experience. The artists included in the theatrical performance were Deepak Mukarji, Angad Ohri, Hardeep Gupta, Rajat Mukarji, Aamir Raza Husain, Adhiraj Katoch,Kanchan Chetal, Kavita Seth, Sonia Sherawat, Ashok Dhawan, Roopak Kathpalia. The play was staged across cities such as Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and will head from Goa to Mumbai this weekend.
The production was about a debt-ridden hospital spruces itself up to impress the Minister of Health, who has planned to visit them, in the hope of funding to reclaim its past glory. But destiny has planned just the reverse. What happens next is a roller coaster ride of hysteria and mayhem. “It is a laugh-Aline comedy so whoever watches the play will leave the theatre in good spirits,” says the former, Mr.Husain. “I believe theatre is meant to enliven you. Just look at the news or around you and you would know,” he adds.
The Resort showcased food from its signature dining reflecting ITC Hotels Culinary prowess. The menu for the evening included dishes such as the famous Dal Buhkara, Burhani Ghosht, Chatpata Chana Chat, Goan Prawn Curry with brown rice and a wide range of desserts such as Kesari Rasmalai, Badam Halva, Chcocolate Ganache Slice too.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhagwan Balani, General Manager, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa said, “It is a pleasure to welcome you all to the very first edition of WelcomTheatre on the 1st Anniversary celebration of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa. We are extremely elated to bring WelcomTheatre, a Responsible Luxury initiative to the beautiful state of Goa. With this initiative we bring to you Indian Art and Artists”. Mr Zubin Songadwala, Area Manager – West & General Manager ITC Maratha extended a warm welcome and thanked all present for their support. He said “We at ITC Hotels have been organising the WelcomTheatre for over 3 decades and take pride in introducing the same to Goa. WelcomTheatre has been staged with memorable plays like 50 Day War, Legend of Ram Prince of India and Sare Jahan Se Acha to name a few. Today we have the privilege of introducing Padmashri Awardee Aamir Raza Hussain and Virat Hussain who are returning to Goa after 20 long years to offer our guests a memorable evening with their play Goodness Gracious Me”.