As Dussehra (October 14) draws near this year around, a few in the city plan to celebrate it with a slight twist in the tale. While the majority of us have grown up idolising Ram — the epitome of goodness, year after year, not many have cared to delve into the psyche of Ravana — the King of Lanka. An upcoming play in the city titled Dasmukha, does precisely this.
“I have given the King of Lanka a realistic touch where he has to deal with 10 emotions such as anger, happiness, ego, jealousy and pride instead of the 10 heads shown commonly,” says Adhiraj Sharma, 22, the writer of the play. The hour long play has flashback scenes from Ravana’s childhood where he is told by Brahma to distance himself from all emotional attachments. “His inability to conquer his emotions are what lead to Ravana’s downfall. This gives a very human angle to the king and makes him appear like one of us,” adds Vishesh Arora, director, Curtain Call Productions.
The play focuses only on the Ravan’s family and his reasons for going to war with not even a sight of Ram, Sita or his family. Ravana’s wife Mandodari who confronts the king about his fondness for Sita after she looses her son Meghdoot in the war, is shown as a strong woman. “The play shows that women of the ancient ages were not weak. Mandodari plays Ravana’s alter ego when she confronts him about his intentions,” says Dimple Kaur who plays Mandodari.
Catch it live
What: Dasmukha- Ramayana from Ravana's perspective
Where:Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate on October 12
Where: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place on October 27