‘Chakravyuh’ in Parliament, but it’s only a play

Former MP Nitish Bharadwaj returns to House, as Mahabharata’s Lord Krishna

Written by Divya A | New Delhi | Published:December 11, 2014 3:41 am
Depicting an episode from Mahabharata, ‘Chakravyuh’ touched upon themes of women empowerment and jealousy. (Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma) Depicting an episode from Mahabharata, ‘Chakravyuh’ touched upon themes of women empowerment and jealousy. (Source: Express photo by Anil Sharma)

On the 13th day of the winter session, the 13th day of the epic Kurukshetra battle was the topic of discussion among MPs. The Balayogi Auditorium in Parliament House complex was hosting the play ‘Chakravyuh’ on Wednesday, with none other than former MP Nitish Bharadwaj playing the lead role. Twenty-five years after television serial Mahabharata, Bharadwaj was once again seen playing Lord Krishna.

The play depicts the chakravyuh episode from Mahabharata, wherein Arjun’s son Abhimanyu is killed and the Pandava clan is drowned in sorrow. It is at this point that Lord Krishna enters the scene and delivers a sermon on the importance of dharma and karma. Through this one episode, the play touches upon the themes of women empowerment, jealousy and human ego.

Besides Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, whose office was hosting the event, the play was attended by veteran BJP leader L K Advani, MPs Vinod Khanna and Kirit Somaiya, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla and other politicians. Although the play started late, owing to the Parliament session extending beyond its time, during the 100 minutes of its stage time, the “House” was in full attendance.

“When I was an MP, my colleagues and even the security guards here would often ask me as to when will they get to see me as Krishna.

Here I am today,” Bharadwaj said after the play.

On the stage, he was accompanied by a troupe of 15 actors from The Films and Theatre Society (FTS), a Delhi-based NGO. The play has been scripted and directed by Atul Satya Koushik, a chartered accountant by profession, who is known for staging adaptations of classic Indian and foreign literature.

Advani, who was watching the play for the third time, said, “Even though it’s my third time, every time I watch this play, it holds a new interpretation for me.”

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