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A walk through history

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In yet another initiative to reach out to people, National Museum is launching a history-centric performance series, and the debut show is slated to be staged this weekend with its focus on Mughal king Shah Jahan.

Artistes of Delhi-based Darwesh will present Shah Jahan’s Daughters: A compelling story from Mughal History on 11 October evening at the Central Courtyard of National Museum on Janpath Road.

‘The series intends to bring together unique performances telling stories from the past,’ said National Museum Director-General Venu V about the upcoming National Museum History Performance Series.

Scheduled to start at 4 pm, the play is about a conversation between Jahanara and Roshnara who were both daughters of Shah Jahan and sisters of Aurangzeb. The conversation brings out various complexities of the royal court, the position of women, the relationship between Shah Jahan (1592-1666) and his son Aurangzeb, besides Dara Shikoh’s role in the court.

‘It also reveals through discussions between the two daughters how one favoured Aurangzeb and the other did not,’ informed Joyoti Roy, Outreach Consultant, National Museum.

The performance is rendered in conversational style and makes historical aspects of the royal court accessible and humane. ‘Moreover since the stories are told by women they become Herstories than Histories,’ Roy added. Darwesh, founded last year, is committed to excavating stories that are hidden in the past, locked in the present and buried within society. It also offers storytelling walks, tours and workshops.

The performance is rendered in conversational style and makes historical aspects of the royal court accessible and humane. Moreover since the stories are told by women they become Herstories than Histories.

WHEN: 11 October, Time: 4:00 p.m. (please be seated by 3:50 pm) WHERE: Central Courtyard, National Museum, Janpath
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