Marwari, Hindi, Haryanvi, Awadhi Play
An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with Ujaagar Dramatic Association
An intriguing weave of 3 stories talk about what strength, hope can instill and how life without hope is impossible to sustain. Out of these three narratives, two are from young contemporary Rajasthani writers Arvind Charan and Chirag Khandelwal. And the one which basically lays foundation for the performance is by renowned Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha
In Detha’s story, a down on his luck farmer from Marwar loses his wife and is left behind with two kids and a piece of barren land. The stepmother isn’t too keen on the kids. When the drought hits, the mother decides that they kill the children and leave for Mumbai in search of a better life. The father devises a plan where they lock the kids behind with some meagre food to die while believing that their parents would return home by evening. The wife hopes that the next year will be fruitful. The husband hopes that someone will save the kids. While the kids believe that the evening shall arrive only when their parents have returned home. Now, whose hope will prevail is the question Detha asks in ‘Asha Amar Dhan’.
Khandelwal’s lyrical account is that of one ‘Amar’ who just like thousands of others takes a long walk home during the mass migration in the times of Covid. He has no food, no water, and no money on him. Yet he is hopeful that sooner or later he will be home. Enroute, he meets this strange entity who becomes his fellow traveller, his friend, his foe, and the philosopher; A half vulture-half crow. The crow shows us the survival instincts of a man and the vulture is a beacon of death. Their ever-evolving relationship and the long journey they go through, both on the road as well as in their being is ‘Giddh’.
Maai by Arvind Charan is the story of two brothers, Birju and Mandu who live with their physically challenged mother in a small chawl in suburban Mumbai. They have hopes, dreams and a mundane life to bind it all together. When lockdown is declared, they both decide to leave their mother behind in Mumbai and go back to their native village in Rajasthan. When they reach home, Mandu is guilt-ridden, but Birju assures him that this was the right decision to take. A year later, with new dreams in their eyes, they return to Mumbai. The guilt and the relentless hope they carry is the crux of ‘Maai’.
Based on stories by Vijaydan Detha, Chirag Khandelwal, Arvind Charan
Design and Direction: Mohit Takalkar
Assistant Director: Chirag Khandelwal
Performers: Ipshita Chakraborty, Puneet Mishra, Mahesh Saini, Bharati Perwani, Bhaskar Sharma, Ajeet Singh Palawat
Music: Hakam Khan Kesumbla
Lights: Vikrant Thakar
Costumes: Devika Kale
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