About DARK HORSE
Dark Horse is based on a single meeting between a woman journalist and Arun Kolatkar, one of the finest contemporary poets of India, at a restaurant in Kolatkar’s favourite Kala Ghoda area in Mumbai.
Years after that meeting, when the journalist learns of Kolatkar’s death, she recalls how she first read his poems in her college days, and how deeply they affected her perspective. She traces the events that led to her encounter with the reclusive man and relives her interview with him. As they talk, the poems come alive and are performed against a soundscape of music.
Dark Horse uses ten poems by Kolatkar. Some are abridged or excerpted. They are not ‘recited’, but “assimilated” into the theme of the performance as intertextual material. Each poem is treated differently, as part of the need of the moment, according the mood that may be flippant or sombre, or as just pure whimsy. Each poem carries the action and the emotion forward. All are either underlined or banked with music. Some are juxtaposed with lines from older bhakti poets like Tukaram and Mirabai. The play captures the spirit of Kolatkar’s poetry in all its wry humour and deep compassion for all living things.