Tickets to go live on . Mark your calendars!

MAHABHARATA

  • Puppet Theatre
  • 1 Hour 10 Minutes

If humans are basically peace loving, then why do wars take place? Does an individualistic sense of truth and justice lead to an apocalypse? Mahabharata reflects this eternal contradiction of our human existence.

The play uses the consciousness narrative of 15 characters to explore inner dilemma and whether each character choosing differently could have averted war or are we doomed for destruction?

PERFORMERS- Vivek Kumar, Mohammad Shameem, Anurupa Roy, Avinash Kumar, Gunduraju

Anurupa- Bangarakkha(narrator/Draupadi/Gandhari/Dushassana/Amba/Warrior who kills Abhimanyu/Karna/Kunyi/Drona/)

Shameem-  Shadow puppets/Shakuni/Amba/Warrior who kills Abhimanyu/Drona/Karna/Ashvatthama/Dushassana

Avinash- Yudisthir/ShadowPuppeteer/Amba/Abhimanyu/Drona/Karna/Bhima/Jayadrata

Vivek- Sillakayata(Narrator), Dushassana/Bhishma/Warrior who kills Abhimanyu/Drishtudumna/Shalya/Duryodhan

Gunduraju- Storyteller/singer/Dronacharya/Viddhashakta/Krishna/Yudishthir

Milind Shrivastava- Light Designer

ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE- Suchet Malhotra

SCRIPT- Anamika Mishra

ANIMATION- Atul Sinha

PUPPET DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION- Mohammad Shameem

ASSITED BY- Asha

SHADOW PUPPETS- S. Chidambara Rao

CHOREOGRAPHY- Avinash Kumar

SHADOW PUPPETS AND SCRIPT ADVICE- Gunduraju

SHADOW PUPPET CONSTRUCTION- S.Chidambara Rao

LIGHT DESIGN- Milind Shrivastav

DESIGN, CONCEPT, DIRECTION- Anurupa Roy

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 beliefs must be questioned and let go 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?

Tickets: Coming Soon

  • Event Concluded

  • 00:00:00

  • Little Theatre Group

  • Director:

    Anurupa Roy 

  • Producer:

    The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust 

  • Language:

    English & Hindi

  • City / State:

    Delhi

  • Production House:

    The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust 

Share This: