Travel life through the eyes of a gypsy
Under The Gypsy Moon, Akvarious Productions’ latest offering is a rendition of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic Srikanto. Directed by Akash Khurana, Under The Gypsy Moon will have its opening shows at the Kamani Auditorium on October 7 and 8.
The play is the fourth of the five plays to be staged under the Aditya Birla Group’s Aadyam banner this year. Sarat Chandra’s original is considered the first modern Indian novel, which set the precedent for socially conscious writing in modern Indian literature. No wonder then, it is also considered the writer’s masterpiece.
The protagonist in the play is a nomad, who believes that every new experience enriches him. He does not want to be bound by relationships. He represents the part of every man which is in search of the true meaning of life. In this journey, he encounters diametrically opposite women who believe that he is their saviour.
Khurana, who has also adapted the novel for stage, can’t recall how he came up with the idea of doing the adaptation but when he did, he just knew it had to be done. “There’s always been this affinity to Bengali literature and sensibility. And I had never worked in that space before. Sarat Chandra’s work is marvellous in its complexity and simple in its exposition. Very Dickensian. And I’ve tried to maintain that style in the play’s stylised narrative,” he says.
Srikanta’s encounters and experiences with various women give him renewed perspectives on matters he considered close to him. The play graphs these experiences while also commenting on social setups by making Srikanto as much a protagonist as he is a spectator.
Starring Arghya Lahiri, Omkar Kulkarni, Shivraj Waichal, Aastha Arora, and Radhika Chopra in crucial roles, Under The Gypsy Moon is a penetrating analysis of the life and culture of Bengal-itself a microcosm of India-in the century preceding Independence, tackling issues of gender, religion and morality that resonate even today.
Says Aadyam artistic director Divya Bhatia, “Under the Gypsy Moon is remarkable; while it is flush with music and charm, is romantic and spiritual, it still retains a curious, wonderful ‘everyman, everyday’ quality to it. It’s rare to see something like this on the stage.”
UNDER THE GYPSY MOON
An AKVARIOUS PRODUCTION
Based on the story of SRIKANTA by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
Adapted and Directed by Akash Khurana
Show Details: Delhi
October 7th, Saturday – 7:30 PM – Kamani Auditorium
October 8th, Sunday – 4 PM & 7:30 PM – Kamani Auditorium