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Revisiting teen years: A play ‘Revised Kamasutra’ based on Richard Crasta’s novel will be staged by Akshara Theatre in New Delhi on Sunday.
Revisiting teen years: A play ‘Revised Kamasutra’ based on Richard Crasta’s novel will be staged by Akshara Theatre in New Delhi on Sunday.

Madhur Tankha

NEW DELHI: Akshara Theatre’s brand new play based on Richard Crasta’s humorous novel will be staged at its Baba Kharak Singh Marg premises here this coming Sunday.

Titled “The Revised Kamasutra”, the play or dramatised book reading has experienced actors as well as young students of Akshara in the cast. Its USP is its original background music.

“It wasn’t easy to direct the play from Richard Crasta’s book. We had to tread very carefully because we cannot show a play in which characters are explicitly talking about sex. The music has been arranged very cleverly. Gopal Sharman has not only given original music but also designed graphics and made the stage spectacular,” says Jalabala Vaidya, the director of the play. In fact, the director has used Gopal Sharman’s medley of Hindi and English popular tunes as well as his own original music and his witty graphics to send the audience on a rollercoaster ride of the “young Indian male’s pursuit of sex”.

Bangalore-based Richard Crasta, whose “wickedly funny novel” recreates the experience of growing up in a small town under the watchful eyes of nuns, priests, teachers and parents, says: “I have given permission to Akshara Theatre to take some scenes from my book. I will be attending the play and reply to any query thrown by the audience.”

Richard Crasta said earlier Cyrus Barocha had made dramatic readings from his book. “And now for the first time Akshara Theatre will be staging the play from ‘The Revised Kamasutra’,” he adds.

The play will show well-established social structures, peer groups and hierarchies going for a six when the opposite sex makes an appearance.

Described as awkward, nostalgic, hilarious, and redolent with the spices of country’s south-west coast by book reviewers, “The Revised Kamasutra” talks about the fuzzy yearnings of adolescence and the emergence of the first glimmerings of the creative mind.

Dhruv Shetty and Shubham Vaish play the young school-going hero, Vijay Prabhu, while Sunit Tandon narrates the story. Vikalp Mudgal is a college student, fledgling banker and proud shiny-new Indian Administrative Service officer. Two girls, Nisa Shetty who brings to life Vijay’s first love, Deepa, and Kinjal Dua as Maya, his elusive but seductive muse, add beauty and glamour.

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