*This project was made possible with support from India Foundation for the Arts.
Muktidham’ is a hindi play, currently under production at Indian Ensemble, Bangalore.
This play is set in the 8th century, in a Matha in a fictional town called Beerpur. It is the time when the Pala kings were ruling the East and large parts of northern India. These kings were Buddhist; Buddhism was at its peak and on the verge of declining. There were mass conversions to Buddhism. The story revolves around this Hindu temple town which is surrounded by Buddhists.
The protagonist is a man called ‘Agnivesh’, a scholar in the Matha. The head of the Matha, ‘Nath Nand’ is soon to retire to the Muktidham to die and achieve salvation.
Nath Nand, who has always separated religion from politics, is faced with a choice. Which of his students shall be his successor? Will it be Yuyutsu, who believes in opening up the doors of the temple for the lower castes? Or Agnivesh, who believes in raising an armed resistance to Buddhism?
The play will premiere on 27th January’2017 at Ranga Shankara , Bangalore, followed by performances in Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai (Feb 4th, 5th) and Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, Pune (Feb 27th).
Written & Directed by Abhishek Majumdar
Scenography: Mohit Takalkar
Light Design / Execution : Anmol Vellani / Gurleen Judge / Partha S
Performers : Ajeet Singh Palawat, Ashwini Kumar Chakre, Ipshita Palawat, Irawati Karnik, Kumud Mishra, M.D. Pallavi, Neel Sengupta, Pratyush Singh, Sandeep Shikhar and Shubhrajyoti Barat.
Chorus: Abhijit Pakrashi, Abhitej Gupta, Abubakar Siddiq, Kafeel Jafri, Poorvi Sardar and Shambhavi Yadav
Project Manager : Vivek Madan
Associate Director : Neel Sengupta
Stage & Tour Manager : Bharavi
Production Manager : Shashank M.C.
Asst. Directors : Karen D’mello, Chanakya Vyas.
Documentation: Tanvi Shah