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Chimeras: An adaptation of short stories by Shashi Deshpande

The play Chimeras is an adaptation of three short stories by Shashi Deshpande. It is interspersed with dance and music, the show is an exciting look at the epics, stripping the characters of the myth surrounding them. Aren`t they human after all?

The play ‘Chimeras’ that will be presented
in Bangalore this week is an adaptation of three short stories by Shashi Deshpande, namely, ‘What has been decided?’, ‘The Last Enemy” and ‘Hear me, Sanjaya’, which reflect the characters of Draupadi, Duryodhana and Kunti respectively. “Chimeras is an attempt to bring to stage the strong human aspects of these characters, striping them of the myth surrounding them, with such nuances of their existence that it makes one connect and 'understand' them as people,” says actor Surabhi Herur, who dons the role of Draupadi in this play.

The play is being produced by Version One Dot Oh! (VODO), an amateur theatre group based in Bangalore consisting of members from various backgrounds who share a common passion for theatre. Members of the group include IT professionals, Students, Media Professionals, TV artistes, Lawyers. It was started in 2003 by a bunch of college friends who did not want their college-theatre passion to die down.  “The play ‘What has been decided?’ is set just before the war breaks out, when Draupadi questions the intentions of  ‘avoiding’ the war or going for it, while the play ‘The Last Enemy’ is set at the end of the war, when Duryodhana is left alone and wounded but not defeated. The play ‘Hear me, Sanjaya?’ is set after the war, when Kunti recollects the events and the people who have shaped her life and the war,” explains Surabhi, who has been into theatre for the last twelve years.

The adaptation also combines dance and theatre not only to string these stories together but also to bring to life some of the key moments that help set the context of these stories.  Talking about her role, Surabhi says, “We have a very archetypal image of Draupadi, Duryodhana and Kunti but this play challenges this image. It delves much deeper into the minds of the characters to find out if there is more to them than what meets the eye.  Draupadi is often held responsible for the Kurukshetra war but here in this play, we try and analyze what actually lead to the war.  Also Draupadi is often picturised as a clever, argumentative women but Shashi  has brought out subtle  grey shades to the character making her appear more human,”
When: Mar 25, 26, 27
Venue: Jagriti Theatre
Time: 08:00 PM
The tickets are priced at Rs. 250 and can be purchased at

Tags: chimeras play, surabhi herur, version one dot oh!, draupadi

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