About MATTE EKLAVYA
Ekalavya represents the most peripheral edge in the Mahabharata. If Vyasa defines Karna as a mere leaf in the great tree of the Mahabharata, then one can imagine that, Ekalavya occupies a zero space. But he is also a great source of hope, because of his resurrection through self- learning. The play examines his sources of knowledge. Ekalavya is seen as a metaphor and his story is woven through contemporary imagination. Ganesha, whose fall from being a local Ganadevata (peoples god) to that of a presiding deity in the fold of mainstream Hinduism, is a subject of humorous critique. Ganesha is haunted in his dreams by Ekalavya, and he starts dreaming of the Ekalavya of the future. Wishing to write about the futuristic Ekalavya, he forces Vyasa to enter his dreams, so that the author of the Mahabharata, might compose a new retelling of the story.