The Hindu Theatre Fest 2018

In Search Of Dariya Sagar - Produced by The Blind and the Elephant and Directed by Gerish Khemani

In Search of Dariya Sagar, which won its playwrights Akshat Nigam and Gerish Khemani, The Hindu Playwright Award 2017, is a play on the migration and displacement of the Sindhis being viewed through the alienated gaze of third generation Sindhis. The story is about a 32 year old Sindhi Jatin Sadarangani from Colaba, who has grown up feeling unsure about his Sindhi identity. The story is about how events compel him to investigate the past of his family and thereby confront the impact of historical events like Partition on their lives. The play is an existential search of a third generation Sindhi and marks his quest to reclaim his fractured identity, a need to belong, a search for home.


Director’s quote

In Search of Dariya Sagar is a meditation on memory, loss, exile and the elusive idea of home. At a time, when the world is witnessing unprecedented migration, the biggest moral conundrum that confronts the world is that of giving safe refuge to these ‘outsiders’. To give them a home, away from home. But can you ever re-create home? Can home be ever retrieved? Does it become more elusive as time passes and hence more vivid? Does home mean different things to different generations? These are the questions at the heart of this narrative, an attempt to turn the pages of history to understand the scars it has left in the present. And like most narratives, this one too is a journey of self-discovery, where the self is inextricably bound to the larger self of the community and where redemption lies perhaps in recognising the same.


Playwrights: Akshat Nigam and Gerish Khemani

Language/s: English

Duration: 120 minutes

Interval: Yes (10 minutes)

Director: Gerish Khemani

Theatre group: The Blind and the Elephant

Suitable for ages: Mature audiences (16+)




Cast: Abhinav Grover, Ajinkya Ovhal, Dheer Hira, Kaustav Sinha, Niharika Lyra Dutt, Sukhita Aiyar, Vaishnavi Ratnaprashant

Original Soundtrack and Background Score: Aryan Easwaran

Musical compositions of Shah Abdul Latif’s verses: Anadi Nagar

Set and Light design: Niranjan Jadhao

Costume design: Kalansh Gala

Production and Company Manager: Barkha Fatnani


Date & Venue:

  • Chennai - Aug 19, 2018, Museum Theatre, Egmore

Time: 7.30 pm



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