Mahabharat in G.D. Birla Sabhagar: Kolkata
Aug 20
2017

Mahabharat

Adaptation Drama Puppetry Hindi 1 hr 30 mins

G.D. Birla Sabhagar: Kolkata,
29 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, Near Birla Mandir, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

  • Sun 20 Aug, 06:30 PM

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DIRECTOR

Anurupa Roy

WRITER

Anamika Mishra

ARTISTS

Vivek Kumar, Mohammad Shameem, Anurupa Roy, Avinash Kumar

'Human beings are born for peace; they like to grow up in peace. They like to raise their children in peace, and they like to say goodbye to this beautiful life in peace. Then why are we always preparing for war?'

This seems to be the central dilemma of the Mahabharata. When we block ourselves to other points of view, narrowing down our worlds to our own version of justice, are we headed for war? When each person traps himself within one motive and their version of status quo, are we primed to kill and die? When the characters of the Mahabharata begin to wage their personal wars, closing themselves to the consequences of their actions, things snowball into an apocalypse. Mahabharata explores the inner dilemmas of fifteen characters in the play through a stream of consciousness narrative of their past and present motives. Does each character's single minded and unquestioning loyalty to one belief system lead to the inevitable conflict? Was there ever a moment when each of these characters could have averted war by choosing differently? Or are we doomed to make the same choices eternally?

Mahabharata Director's Note
This performance with puppets, masks, shadow puppets and materials looks at the Mahabharata as a dynamic narrative which has evolved over a few thousand years through the sung verses of Togalu Gombeyatta's Sillakeyata Mahabharta and remains relevant in the new search of contemporary puppeteers. The story itself is increasingly relevant in the polarized conflict ridden world of today. The characters then become archetypes for conflicts small and large whether in world politics or the family or community and the narrative is an over arching metaphor for many political, institutional, social situations in the world today. But our central question is what could have averted the Apocalyptic Mahabharata war. What choices could each character have altered? And what choices can each one of us alter? What fixed believes must be question and let go of to prevent such a war in the future. Can we start by acknowledging that none will survive such a war and thus it must be prevented?

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