Balancing Act

It’s a play that narrates the relationship between a father,his sons and their duties.

Published: April 1, 2013 10:22:51 pm

It’s a play that narrates the relationship between a father,his sons and their duties. Badshah,a king,decides to divide his kingdom among his three sons based on their response to his question “Who loves him the most?”. While the elder sons impress him with praises,the youngest son says he loves him like a son would love his father. The father throws Rafiq out of the kingdom and divides it among the elder sons. However,he realises his folly later when his elder sons do not put upto his demands. Based on Shakespeare’s King Lear,the production Badshah Pather will be staged next week in Delhi as part of “Revisiting Bhand Pather”,a three-day festival celebrating Bhand Pather,an age-old traditional Natya Prayoga,dance-drama of Kashmir. “The festival revisits traditional Kashmiri theatre that has been forgotten,” says MK Raina,director of the play.

To begin on April 5,the festival organised by IGNCA in collaboration with MK Raina,aims to look at the current state of Bhand Pather,whose existence has been threatened due to socio-political and economic factors. Also staged at the festival will be Gosain Pather and Shikargah Pather,a traditional Bhand Pather play revived after 30 years. It deals with the conflict between forest dwellers and the hunters.

The plays will be staged at Amphitheatre and CV Mess at IGNCA from April 5 to April 7. Contact: 011-23388155

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