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The play Draupadi speaks about the travails of modern day women

The play Draupadi – Will my spirit live on? by Shivani Wazir Pasrich is an eloquent projection of the travails of Modern Day women, which finds uncanny resemblances to the life of Draupadi that unfolded thousands of years ago.

Draupadi – Will my spirit live on? by Shivani Wazir PasrichDraupadi – Will my spirit live on? by Shivani Wazir Pasrich

Centuries have gone by since the
Mahabharata war, yet Draupadi is still here. Stuck between heaven and earth, roaming the streets and pondering her fate and her choices. Her only confidant is Lord Krishna. She tries to resolve with him why women must continue to suffer as she had in the past. Krishna, the orchestrator of fate, leads her to Maaya - a woman of today, who has suffered much abuse at the hands of society. A distraught Maaya attempts suicide, but Draupadi stops her and offers her help in return for a favor.

Maaya treads through her life in Draupadi's footsteps, and in the end she too must make a choice- will she choose revenge or resilience? Will she be Draupadi's salvation? Will Krishna be able to address centuries old smoldering wounds? Draupadi, a play in English by Shivani Wazir Pasrich, interweaves tales from the epic past with contemporary Indian life.

It is an eloquent projection of the travails of Modern Day women, which finds uncanny resemblances to the life of Draupadi that unfolded thousands of years ago, in the age old Hindu epic of The Mahabharata. The life of Draupadi reflects ominously on the women of today: this is what weaves the plot in the play. Stretched in all directions at home, at work and as a social entity, women are expected to fill in the gaps like sand, adapt to situations like clay and yet the reality is that they have to be as solid as rock as they are the foundation of our existence.

The fact of being pulled in different directions is not new; it has always been like that from time immemorial. Depicting the plight of contemporary Indian women, the play attempts to take the audience on the journey from the present to the past, and poses the question: Are we so different now? The play jointly directed by Shivani Wazir Pasrich and Tina Johnson (of South Africa) is set to be both a poetic piece of drama and a truly dazzling affair. Some of India’s foremost names in the arts have joined together to create a wonderful spectacle, with Ritu Kumar designing costumes, Aman Nath conceptualizing the set design, Anjolie Ela Menon’s intense painting being the signature of the play, and Shubha Mudgal lending her wonderful voice to the production.
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Date: Jan 16
Venue: Chowdaiah Memorial Hall
Timing: Two shows: 3.30 PM and 7.30 PM
For more details, visit www.indianstage.in

Tags: drama, south africa, january 16, draupadi - will the spirit live on, shivani wazir pasrich, modern day women, mahabharata, tina johnson, ritu kumar, aman nath, shubha mudgal, anjolie ela menon

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