What Is It About:
Feminism – the word that has been taking the world by storm. Everyone has their individual take on this debatable topic. But my simple understanding of feminism is for both the sexes to choose their own way of life, despite what the oppressive society tells you to do. So when I walked in for the performance on a Friday night, I had read about what it was all about and assumed it was another act on women rights. But I was in for a pleasant surprise. Ulka Mayur, a versatile artist and the writer, director and actor of the play is an inspiration for all the girls. The play re-imagines four female bhakti-poets in a modern day avatar solving problems faced by the contemporary women. These are problems that every woman faces at least once in her lifetime.
It’s about Janabai, a medieval bhakti poet who plays an agony aunt to today’s women who are often body shamed and slut shamed. Be it everyday issues ranging from the taboos that come along with menstruation to domestic violence. The play beautifully takes you through four different and extremely engaging stories of women.
The play was held at The Hive, Brewbot, Andheri. It was the perfect set up for a rainy Friday night – casual and cozy. And not to mention some pretty cool beverage and food offers pre and post shows.
What We Loved:
For someone like me who had not even heard of bhakti poetry, this one was an eye-opener. It made me realize how rich our history is and about women who were bold enough to fight for what was right. The way every story was connected to a bhakti poetry and its execution was impeccable. The viewer can connect to each situation, especially if you are a girl. We loved how Ulka recited a poetry after every act which had a deep meaning attached to it.
Why You Shouldn’t Miss It:
The performance makes you look at things from a different perspective. It makes you realize the strength you have. It feels great to be a viewer of such hard-hitting and touching acts. If you have a chance to go for it, don’t second guess. Go ahead and experience this wonderful one-woman act.