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M.S. Sathyu
M.S. Sathyu

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Two plays directed by him to be staged in city

Bangalore: The Mumbai-based Indian People’s Theatre Association is set to stage two Hindustani plays, B. Suresh’s Girija ke Sapne and Danish Iqbal’s Dara Shikoh, directed by the renowned film-maker and theatre person M.S. Sathyu at Ranga Shankara on November 15 and 16 in the city.

Terming his theatre assignment in his hometown as an “interlude” from cinema, Mr. Sathyu told presspersons here on Tuesday that Girija ke Sapne was a musical satire based on Mr. Suresh’s Kannada play Girija Kalyana, translated into Hindi by Shailaja.

The predicament of farmers caught in the process globalisation and its tragic consequences on the society, agriculture and ecology of rural Karnataka forms the theme of the play. The play was premiered at the Prithvi Theatre Festival of music plays in 2007, at the Democracy Festival in Pune and the Rashtriya Natya Mahotsav in Lucknow, Mr. Sathyu said.

A team of 30 singers, all in the age group of 21 years, are part of the musical. Noted theatre music director Kuldip Singh has scored the music and Rashmi Sharma has choreographed the dance sequences. The play will be staged at Ranga Shankara on November 16 at 3.30 and 7.30 p.m. Referring to Dara Shikoh, Mr. Sathyu said that it was a story of a “historical betrayal”. Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of and heir apparent of Mughal emperor Shah Jehan, was a scholar with a liberal outlook. He translated Upanishads into Persian and authored books on the similarities between Islam and Hinduism. He waged a war of succession and lost to his brothers. He was hanged at a public place in Delhi.

The play poses questions on whether fundamentalism would win and could a parochial approach subjugate a civilisation that believed in the adage Vasudaiva Kutumbakam, with a historical perspective. Ustad Iqbal Ahamad Khan of Delhi Gharana has scored the Sufi music and Kathak exponent Rani Khanam has choreographed the play. A team of 35 actors, singers and dancers would enact the play at Ranga Shankara on November 15 at 3.30 p.m and 7. 30 p.m. he said.

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