Sangeet Saubhadra

Drama | Marathi | 3hrs

Subhadra - the sister of Krishna and Balaram - is going to be married to Balaram's ardent disciple and eldest of the Kaurawas, Duryodhan. Subhadra is extremely unhappy with this as she and Arjun are in love with each other. But her brothers are not taking her reluctance of marrying Duryodhan seriously.

On the day of the wedding, Subhadra mysteriously disappears from her chambers and comes face to face with Arjun, who is mid-way through fulfilling an oath. She doesnt recognize him and falls unconscious. He decides to take her with him and wage a war against the Yadavas in case they retaliate. Before he can help her regain consciousness and take her with him, she disappears yet again, leaving behind a letter admonishing Arjun for not being able to take care of her.

Meanwhile, her disappearance postpones the wedding and gives her some time and hope. But everybody is wondering, what is the true story behind her mysterious disappearance? Is it a punishment for sins committed in the past? Is it all a made-up story by Subhadra to postpone her wedding? Oris it all an elaborate plan by Krishna, who does not want to oppose his elder brother Balaram directly or wage a war against the Pandavas?

Sangeet Saubhadra is considered by many as the start of the golden era of Marathi theatre. It is a classic and has been made immortal by superb performances by stalwarts like Balgandharva, Vasantrao Deshpande, Chota Gandhrava amongst others.

Director's note:
"Sangeet Saubhadra is the third musical I directed in a span of 18 months. I immediately took up the task as it was a challenge to handle a text nearly 150 years old. Thankfully, I also had a formidable cast by my side. A cast which consisted of Anand Bhate and Rahul Deshpande who have more than proven themselves in the field of music.

I wanted to treat this play differently, by using suggestive, minimalistic sets and creating an environment by the use of lights and sound. Songs are the life-blood of this play, and my motive was to edit and present the play in such a way that all theatrical elements come together to create synergy and give a heavenly experience."

Arjun - Aastad Kale
Subhadra - Asmita Chinchalkar
Narad/Sutradhar - Rahul Deshpande
Rukmini/Nati - Deepti Mate
Krishna - Anand Bhate
Balaram - Chinmay Pataskar
Kusum - Mukta Lele
Ghatotkach - Tejas Dandgaval.

Written by - Annasaheb Kirloskar
Edited and Directed by - Nipun Dharmadhikari
Live Musicians:
Harmonium/Organ - Rajeev Paranjape
Tabla - Aditya Panwalkar
Set Design - Pradeep Mulye
Light Design - Amey Pendharkar
Background Music - Aditya Oke
Costumes - Kalyani Kulkarni.


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