1857, Lucknow. Muniya, a tawaif, encounters Gulbadan – a woman who will forever change her life.
'Gul' is a short story adapted for the stage – narrated by its writer, Shreya Ila Anasuya, it will be brought alive in song by Vidhya Gopal and dance by Shinjita Roy, in an intimate production directed by Lopamudra Chatterjee.
At its heart, 'Gul' is an ode to music and dance – and to the forgotten women who nurtured the North Indian classical arts for hundreds of years.
"Ghazal, thumri, qawwali – she could sing it all with ease, locking eyes with each person in the audience so that, for a moment, they felt like the only person in the world.
Anyone who was alive then and knew her will tell you as much. That she was skillful. That she was magnetic. That she was a mistress of her arts.
But what nobody knows about her is that she was my Gul."
Show duration: 60 to 75 minutes.
Direction: Lopamudra Chatterjee
Performers: Vidhya Gopal, Shinjita Roy, Shreya Ila Anasuya