About Kaumudi

Synopsis

Kaumudi is about a rite of passage. Using the “moonlit timeless night” when Krishna delivers his sermon to Arjuna as its central trope, this play explores the dynamics between an estranged father-son duo who play Eklavya’s ghost and Abhimanyu respectively, in a theatre, in the late 1960?s Allahabad. The father, Satyasheel, who is a great actor and has almost lost his sight, is at his final three performances. His son, Paritosh, who grew up with the void of not having a father by his side, has come to challenge not only the father but also his entire school of thought.

Kaumudi is hinged on three central questions: Whose life is more valuable, an older or a younger person’s? Is personal ethic more important than public ethic? Does art have a function and do we make art or does art make us? It also holds up a mirror to and questions theatre: Does theatre have a meaning or is it our ego being massaged? Whose theatre is it’s that of the audience or of the practitioner?

Event Info:

  • Producer: Indian Ensemble and Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation
  • Director: Abhishek Majumadar
  • Duration: Hindi
  • Language: 2 hours and 5 minutes

Cast & Crew:

  • Performed by Kumud Mishra, Sandeep Shikhar, Gopal Datt & Shubhrajyoti Barat
  • Music and Sound Design by Abhijeet Tambe
  • Scenography: Payal Wadhwa and Rajesh Singh
  • Dramaturgy: Irawati Karnik
  • Costumes: Pallavi Krishna
  • Light Design: Anmol Vellani
  • Light execution: Niranjan Gokhale
  • Production assistants: Ajay Kshatriya
  • Backstage support: Abubakar Siddiq
  • Asst Direction: Neel Sengupta and Anshuman Acharya
  • Communication: Abhijit Pakrashi
  • Production Management: Bharavi
  • Written and Directed By Abhishek Majumdar