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Long live the king

Girish Karnad’s all time classic ,Tughlaq, returns to Delhi after 40 years.

art and culture Updated: Oct 27, 2012 01:07 IST
Shibani Bedi

History, as the saying goes, is susceptible to repetition. Change and evolution is constant. So are advancements, but does juxtaposing history to the present help us improve as a society? Or are we capable of repeating our mistakes, in spite of the precedents set for us? “This play talks about issues which, no matter the time and era, remain the same. It is a debate on whether we can have a system which is based on justice or power of the sword,” says theatre director Bhanu Bharti when asked the point he is trying to relay with his upcoming production, Tughlaq, penned by theatre legend Girish Karnad in 1964.

First staged in Delhi more than 40 years back, Tughlaq will be performed at the ramparts of Feroz Shah Kotla from October 28 to November 4. Organised by Department of Art, Culture and Languages and Sahitya Kala Parishad, the play will feature eminent theatre as well as Bollywood actors such as Himani Shivpuri, Yashpal Sharma, Ravi Khanwilkar and more. Tughlaq is based on the life of the 14th century ruler taking into account his rise and fall as an emperor and his subsequent disenchantment with the political system. “To attempt the play afresh was tough but I have an excellent team of actors who made it possible,” says Bharti.

Yashpal Sharma, who plays Tughlaq in this magnum opus says, “I have never seen this production before so I had the advantage to combine what I grasped from the script and things told to me by my director to explore different shades of the character. But it is very unlike any play I have done before.”
Ask him what are his expectations from the production and he is quick to respond, “I am very scared on how it will turn out even though I am prepared. But I am also very excited. I hope everyone enjoys it. “

Catch him here:
When: October 28 to November 4
Timing: 7pm onwards
Where: Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
Entry: Passes only (available at the venue on first come, first serve basis)
For more details contact 09911872345