NSD Repertory Company's "Summer Theatre Festival 2016" Prese
NSD Repertory Company's "Summer Theatre Festival 2016" Presents "Vidyottama"
Date :- 8-10 June 2016
Time :- 7 PM
Entry Procedure :- Ticket :- Rs 50,100,200,300/-
Advance Booking :- 29 May Onwards,11 AM - 1 PM & 2 PM - 4 PM From Repertory Company & One Hour Before The Show At The Auditorium.
Venue :- Kamani Auditorium,
1,Copernicus Marg,Mandi House,New Delhi 110001
Play Description :-
Not much is known about Sanskrit’s greatest poet and playwright, Kalidas. Even less is heard about his wife. The woman who inspired vivid verses on sensuality has been given different names and histories by folklorists, singers and storytellers over the centuries. Mohan Rakesh called her Mallika in Ashadh Ka Ek Din. Mohan Maharishi now imagines her to be Vidyottama, the daughter of a king and an accomplished classical dancer, in his play, Vidyottama. The play, enacted by the NSD Repertory and directed by Maharishi.
The play speaks in a classical language in terms of sets, costumes and dance, even as it questions the stereotypes inherited from classical theatre: “Why is the king above blame even when he disowns his pregnant wife as King Dushyant does in Abhijnanasakuntalam?” Indian aesthetics is uncomfortable with a flawed hero and Vidyottama makes a strong point against the dosh-mukt nayak of Natyashashtra, an ancient Indian treatise that continues to shape our creativity. “She challenges Brahmanical aesthetics and suggests that theatre must do more than provide ananda; it must present reality even if this is unpalatable,” says Maharishi.
Maharishi’s previous plays include a biography of Orhan Pamuk called Istanbul, an exploration of the Theory of Relativity in Einstein and a slamming of corruption in Raja ki Rasoi. Working with a mixed cast of experienced and new repertory actors, he creates Vidyottama with attention to detail and is helped by Bharati Shivaji’s choreography. The play, however, falters in its dialogue delivery as an old weakness of NSD graduates in speech training surfaces.
Director :- Mohan Maharishi
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