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Drama, Historical | hindi

'Chakravyuh' is the story of the thirteenth day of the great battle of Mahabharata. This play does not confine 'Chakravyuh' to just a war-craft but takes it to the level of a complete philosophy. This play explores the episode of the killing of Abhminayu in Chakravyuh formation and all the questions, myths, ideologies and convictions related to it at many levels. Written and performed in the form of verses, this play works as a bridge between history and present and connects them both with perennial concepts of 'Karma' and 'Dharma'. The strategy made in Kaurava Camp leads to the formation of Chakravyuh where brave Abhimanyu attains martyrdom as he fights till his last breath. In a poetic rendition a conversation takes place between Yudhishtira and Bheeshma where the King gives a word-to-word description of the bravado of great Abhimanyu and also shares his inability to face Arjun who would soon be coming back from the battlefield and ask for his son. Bheeshma motivates Yudhishtira to face the reality and all the questions. Also, he requires Yudhisthira to pass on to Arjun the message that he has enough spiritual teaching through the Bhagwat Geeta. Now, it is the time to get down to what a father should be doing when his son has been brutally killed in the battlefield. Subhadra and young Uttara have their share of doubts, questions and allegations with the plight of single mothers in all the ages to come being the primary one. Draupadi also questions Yudhishthira for not sending her sons to the Chakravyuh instead of Abhimanyu as the pride and glory of martyrdom in Chakravyuh belonged to her sons. Finally, Krishna appears and settles all questions, myths and misunderstandings of everyone present. He passes on the eternal message of Karma and by telling no one has ever been able to come out of their respective Chakravyuh as this whole life is nothing but a Chakravyuh. Our Karma is to fight in the Chakravyuh and getting out of it is the result of that Karma over which we can never have a control. Chakravyuh marks the come-back of Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna after 25 years, this time on stage.