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Walking on a parallel path

Walking on a parallel path
The Capital stage is going to witness the recreation of the history in a contemporary form. An all-women play Draupadi drawing similarity between the Pandava Queen and women of today is being oraganised by The Films and Theatre Society.

The play is written and directed by Atul Satya Kaushik and is based in a Haryana village in 1960. Draupadi is an imaginative re-telling of certain chapters of Draupadi's  life that deals  the life of the queen in a contemporary setting, finding its recurrance in today's women.

The play depicts that though the queen lived in another era, the fate she endured continues to befall numerous women in India and across the world even today. By bringing today's generation closer to mythology in a new and interesting way, the play makes them draw important meanings from it. Be it Draupadi’s failure to find the love of the man she chose, her objectification in the gamble played by Yudhishtir or her public humiliation – the village women manage to find parallels for each of these tragedies amidst their own lives.

It’s an out and out musical play with many songs of different styles such as Ragini, Qawwali, Ghazal, Heer etc; and tries to narrate a serious issue in a light way. The seriousness, however, is not lost and the play becomes a powerful commentary on the need of women emancipation.

Performing the play, the women take up the roles of all characters including men and reprise the tragedies of their own lives. In the process they discover how closely their lives are a reflection of Draupadi's life. In the end the women draw the conclusion that even if centuries have elapsed, nothing seems to have changed as far as their fate women is concerned.

'Draupadi is not just a mythical character, she’s a metaphor for women of all times and ages. There is no dearth of Draupadis in our world; they are everywhere - be it in the villages of Haryana, in the thriving metropolitan of Delhi, in the slums of Mumbai, on the streets of Ahmedabad or in a village of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwah. This play talks about the helplessness of being a woman in a male dominated world which most of the women must have felt even today’, says  Kaushik.

The play is garnished with light hearted jokes and one-liners peculiar of Haryanvi life-style and hummable and rustic Haryanvi Ragnees.

The play was selected as one of the best plays performed in Delhi in the year 2013 by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.

When: 4 May; Timing: 7 pm; Ticket Price: Rs 200, Rs 300, Rs 400
Where: Epicente, Gurgaon
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