Playing it well: The strength of women in adversity

  • Aditya Dogra, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 29, 2014 18:21 IST

Adapted from The House of Bernarda Alba by Spanish dramatist, Federico Garcia Lorca, a play in town presents a potent study of six women mourning the loss of the patriarch. These women are not allowed contact with the outside world by Bebe, the matriarch of the house.

Originally based in rural Spain, the play Bebe ka Chamba, has been adapted in Hindustani to the times of newly-partitioned Punjab and deals with themes of tragedy, tradition, authoritarianism and the oppression of women.

The story deals with women and the growing tension between them due to their confinement and how the chaos of the partition transforms into the chaos within them as they battle subjugation, rising sexual desires and the longing for freedom.

"The play might have its roots set in the time of partition, but it deals with emotions and situations which women still face today. It shows what women go through when they are deprived of basic freedom," says the director of the play, Sohaila Kapur, adding, "Understanding the repression is key to understanding the characters as well as the play itself."

"Getting to be a part of such a powerful concept and to sing and act both, is an experience in itself. I loved every moment of this experience, and hope the audiences love it as much," says Madan Bala, who has composed the music for the play.

Catch it live
What: Bebe ka Chamba, a play.
When and where: November 26 at the Epicentre, Gurgaon. 7.30pm onwards/ November 29 and 30 at the Stein Auditorium, Indian Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, 7pm onwards.

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