English Play (with some Hindi)
An NCPA Presentation in collaboration with FATS TheArts Productions
This is a comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of Shikhandi. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the play questions maleness, femaleness and everything in between. Shikhandi is perhaps one of the earliest trans characters known in mythology. Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge an insult in her past life as Amba. But the bigger karmic game unfolds when she is reborn as female, raised as male, has a sex change on her wedding night, thanks to a Yaksha, and finally fulfils her destiny—to be the cause of Bhishma’s death.
The play was a runner-up at the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2016. Shikhandi was also awarded Best Play at the Laadli Media Awards 2017, and Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor (Female) at META 2018.
Written & Directed by Faezeh Jalali
Cast: Faezeh Jalali, Meher Acharia-Dar, Srishti Shrivastava, Tushar Pandey/Nakul Bhalla, Karan Desai, Abhishek Saha, Junaid Khan & Akash Ghosalkar
Music: Percussion: Sriram
Violin: Shalaka Deshpande
Vocals: Anadi Nagar
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