Thursday, October 17, 2013

Theatre in Motion festival enters its 2nd weekend in Mumbai with AURANGZEB, a Hindi play!

Theatre in Motion festival enters its 2nd weekend in Mumbai
with AURANGZEB, a Hindi play!

The festival saw a stupendous success in its first weekend where theatre lovers were treated to Anjantobas and Anto Adi Anto, two fabulous Bengali plays.

The 2nd weekend of the festival in Mumbai presents AURANGZEB, a Hindi play that sheds light on Emperor Shahjahan and his 4 sons while attempting to capture an interesting period of History through their ideologies.

Theatre-in-Motion is a theatre festival presented by Utkal Rangmanch Trust in association with Sanket. Steered by Anant Mahapatra, a legendary figure in theatre, Theatre-in-Motion revolves around his idea of making the best of theatre available for viewing to connoisseurs across the country.

Directed By: K S Rajendran

Cast:
Imran Raza, Ashima Khanna, Neelesh Deepak, Asif Qamar, Priyanka Sharma, Kumar Vaibhav, Mahendra Mewati, Sushil Kumar, and more.

Synopsis:
When Emperor Shahjahan fell ill in 1657, a war of succession broke out among his four sons, Dara, Shuja, Aurangzeb and Murad. The main contenders were Dara and Aurangzeb while Shahjahan's two daughters Jahanara and Roshanara, supported Dara and Aurangzeb respectively. The Emperor himself lent his support to his eldest son Dara, who alone of the four brothers, was present at Agra and sympathetic to Shahjahan's dream plan of building a black-marble-Mahal for himself on the other side of Yamuna, facing Mumtaz's Taj Mahal.

The play begins with the conversation between two of Aurangzeb's spies in Agra Fort, who tell us of others spying on them, indicating Aurangzeb's suspicious nature as well as his attempt to be in control. The play selects telescopes and fuses events to capture the fissures as well as the peaks of a period of history. The war of succession to throne and issues and ideologies that the major players in the drama represent: Shahjahan symbolizes a decadent, self-indulgent, romantic aestheticism; Aurangzeb articulates and fiercely fights to establish an Islamic fundamentalist state; and Dara projects himself as a philosopher-statesman striving to preserve a pluralist society and nation. Shahjahan dreams about a black-marble-Mahal for himself, Aurangzeb dreams of 'one nation, one language, one religion', while Dara fears that Aurangzeb will destroy the precious heritage of Akbar.

The play has as its theme the struggles of mutually contradictory dispositions of the various characters: Shahjahan and Aurangzeb; Dara and Aurangzeb; Jahanara and Roshanara; and finally Aurangzeb versus Aurangzeb. Shahjahan lives in the past, Dara in the future, and Aurangzeb in the present. Aurangzeb's success is the triumph of pragmatism but he has to pay dearly as we find him in the last scene sitting not on his Peacock throne but beside it on the floor. His loneliness becomes his tragedy. The play ends with him asking himself he question: 'Am I a devout Muslim or a fanatic?' He is left awaiting the judgments of history.

Venue and Time:
Mumbai - Veer Savarkar Auditorium, Shivaji Park at 7:45 PM

Price:
Rs.200 to Rs.500

Tickets are available at the venue and on bookmyshow.com.

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