Great stories like The Mahabharata don’t belong to any one culture; they belong to the world. This great epic is a proof of how sharp aims, mighty powers, righteousness, agility and some well-played wisdom can win a war! But the irony was such that all except Yudhister could reach heaven. Mahabharata with its great fratricidal war has all the excellent elements of drama.
After spreading their theatrical magic in the city of Paris, the team of theatre titan Peter Brook, comes to Mumbai with their international applauded play, ‘The Battlefield’. With Jean-Claude Carriere as the writer, this play along with the very talented artists is all set to take the theatre world by storm. The play hopes to capture the cacophony of sentiments and the gush of passion felt during The Mahabharata.
Hosted by The National Centre for Performing Arts, (NCPA) in Mumbai, this story of devastations, horrors, fights and of victories that followed, will engage the audiences and prod their inner selves for answers undiscovered. Peter Brook was inspired by this legendary story some 30 years back, and the first staged adaptation which ran for a whooping nine hours, made history! With a focus on the war in Kurukshetra, ‘The Battlefield’ premiers in Mumbai in mid-March. NCPA, which has been a favourite amongst the theatregoers in the country since 1969 now, is known for the diversity, vibrancy and its fine showcase for India’s rich performing art ethnicities. By hosting ‘The Battlefield’, as one of the plays in Mumbai, the institution has only just managed to add one more feather in its cap!So will the mystery be unknotted? Will the king manage to hold himself and his empire in high respects in the face of devastation and massacres which threaten his kingdom? Will this timeless classic help its viewers find inner peace, the one thing it promises? This is all what remains to be seen! With tickets to the play available on popular platforms like BookMyShow, this offering by Peter Brook, is definitely something to watch out for. Let the magic be recreated, let the stage be set and let us ready ourselves to be swept off our feet, by a team of theatrical geniuses and proven success.
Written By: Nikita Mehta