GASHA 2011-12

While everything around seemed headed towards a slow collapse, in a shed on an island in the middle of a lake, two boys built their world. Twenty years later, it is quite another past that stands in their way. Today, two whimsical narrators scramble madly to recreate what happened. Set against the background of the Kashmir imbroglio, ‘Gasha’ is an account of the fractured friendship between two boys, a Kashmiri Pandit and a Kashmiri Muslim and their need to affirm their story. Note : The play is the Third and final part of the Kashmir Trilogy, the first two parts being Rizwaan ( 2010First Festival of Contemporary Indian Theatre in Paris) and Djinns of Eidgah ( Royal Court Theatre, London). Gasha, can be viewed independent of the first two parts

Winner of the Best Play, Best Ensemble, Best Original Script at Meta Awards 2013
Performed at
Bareilly National Theatre Festival
Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival, Pune
Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai
Alliance Francaise, Bangalore
Mahindra Excellence Theatre Festival, New Delhi
Rangashankara, Bangalore
Jagriti Theatre, Bangalore

Gasha is one of the most significant plays to come to this city in recent times. It tells a story, yes. It makes us laugh, yes. But it also makes us feel and think and reflect. It connects us truthfully to a faraway people who have been battered by history and left to fend for themselves. It gives us a Kashmir not of chinar trees and shikaras, but of people trapped in an unyielding political situation. – By the esteemed theatre critic – Shanta Gokhale

Review in Times of India by Shanta Gokhale

Gasha is more than a play. In spirit and script, it goes on to fulfil the “function of theatre. ” It’s a “theatrical movement” in itself. It’s a celebration of languages—Kashmiri, Hindustani and English, and dialects, where Bangalore-based Majumdar succeeds in squeezing more than six decades of Kashmir’s history and events over a racy conversation between two actors who walk across the stage, as they travel in time with their suitcases, and a variety of them, recalling what had sent them out of Kashmir in the first place and what brings them back. Suitcases become people. People become suitcases. And Gasha lives a lifetime on the stage, chewing on own his memory

Review in New Indian Express