The Hindu Theatre Fest 2018

Bali - Produced by Adishakti and Directed by Nimmy Raphel

The Indian epics -Ramayana and Mahabharata - have shaped our country’s politics, arts and culture. Its stories have been retold and its characters reimagined through various retellings, thus, forming an integral part of the literary and performative traditions in India. Each retelling has challenged the traditional narrative by subverting the dominant versions of the text to thrown light on various other interpretations. Often, these interpretations strongly reflect the writer’s subjective preferences with respect to her identities and ideologies.

Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the various events that lead up to the battle between Bali and Ram, and eventually, the death of Bali. The play explores the notion of right or wrong and, how it may change when each and every character is given an opportunity to voice their thoughts and opinions. Here, Bali’s death is placed in the centre and a personal take is presented that will enable us to transition seamlessly-back and forth- from the epic to the everyday and vice versa. The play presents powerful moments through alternate and opposing points of views of Bali, Tara, Sugriva, Angadha, Ram and Ravan based on their own ethics and contexts.

The play gives its artiste and audience a space for introspection - to take a step back and detach ourselves from our dominant ideologies and rigid identities to explore other perspectives.

Director’s quote:

“We at Adishakti are very happy to be performing at The Hindu Theatre Fest for the first time, an event we have been looking forward to for a long time. We have always wanted to be part of this festival because it’s a prestigious national festival which accesses the wide reach that The Hindu enjoys.”

“Adishakti has always shared The Hindu’s liberal thinking, so this festival is the ideal platform for us to showcase our work. Bali, being taken from the Ramayana, is as universal as the epic itself, and addresses issues which are relevant to all sections of social, cultural, racial, national and international backgrounds. The ethical questions surrounding Bali’s death, and the perspectives of those involved and affected by it, are the central provocation of this play. The artists suggest that it might not be so easy to define right and wrong and to determine whether gods are exempt from questions of justice as prevailing, narrow views of myth might assert.”


Playwright: Nimmy Raphel

Language/s: English

Duration:  70 mins

Interval: No

Director: Nimmy Raphel

Theatre group: Adishakti Laboratory For Theatre Art Research



Written and Directed by  Nimmy Raphel

Performed by Vinay Kumar, Arvind Rane, Ashiqa Salvan, Kiyomi Mehta, Rijul Ray

Music arranged & composed by Vinay Kumar & played by Meedhu Miriyam

Lights Designed by Vinay Kumar & played by Anand Satheendran

Creative Guidance: Anmol Vellani & Vinay Kumar

Production Manager: Bharavi

Costumes designed by Viji Joy


Suitable for mature audiences: Yes


Date & Venue:

  • Chennai – Aug 18, Museum Theatre

Time: 7.30pm


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