Muktidham’ is a hindi play, currently under production at Indian Ensemble, Bangalore.
The play is set in the 8th Century, during the time of the Pala rulers in East India, who were Buddhist kings. It is the story of a Hindu Matha, in a mountain town called Beerpur, whose head Mahant has resigned to the ‘Muktidham’, a place where he believes if he dies he will achieve salvation. Three men, who are acharyas, are up for a debate as a process of selection to be the next mahant. At a time when the Matha, feels threatened by the rampant conversion to Buddhism by the lower castes, the three men come up with three different philosophical leanings of Hinduism, wherein even the most radical position is not anti intellectual. The women of the town play an equally important role, in keeping the sanctity and the religious arguments of the ancient tradition. However as the town starts to get radicalized, the movement becomes violent, anti intellectual, casteist and even more patriarchal. The Manusmriti becomes the law book that governs over every other text and the claim that there is such a thing as a single ‘Sanatan Dharma’ is invented.
Muktidham is a play about love, liberation and radicalization of the Hindu religion.
Muktidham will open in January’2017 in Bangalore, followed by performances in Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune.
Written & Directed by Abhishek Majumdar
Scenography Mohit Takalkar
Light Design – Anmol Vellani
Sound Design – M D Pallavi & Abhijeet Tambe
Asst. Directors : Karen D’Mello – Neel Sengupta – Chanakya Vyas.
Kumud Mishra, Shubrajyoti Barat, Sandeep Shikhar, Ira Karnik, Ashwini Chakre, Pratysuh Singh, Ajeet Singh, Ipsita, Neel Sengupta
Untitled Project ( A project on human trafficking commissioned by Freiborg theatre company, Belrin) – Scheduled to open in June ‘2017.
The HUMAN TRADE NETWORK is an experimental setting for a global theatre to respond to globally connected topics and contexts. In this case, four theatres on three continents work together to research from different angles and various perspectives on the topic of human trafficking and work exploitation, or put more broadly: how human beings are being sold and bought. The partners involved – the Indian Ensemble Bangalore (India) with Abhishek Majumdar, the German Theatre in Sibiu (Romania) with Gianina Carbunariu, the theatre Evasion from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) with Ildevert Mehda and Luca Fusi, and Theater Freiburg (Deutschland) with Julia Reichert and Clemens Bechtel – will conduct a networking research in Africa, Asia and Europe. The partners work in tandem (Germany-Romania/ India-Burkina Faso) and support each other in the research. The German Federal Cultural Foundation supports the project, covering research travel costs and ensures that “travel-size“ versions of the international productions can be brought to Freiburg in 2017 – where all artists involved will also work on a joint lecture performance combining their research.