This is the story of Taqdeer — a tiger from the forest of Sarhi, who ends up in the Delhi zoo. Presented in a powerful performance by Delhi-based actor-dancer Shivani Wazir Pasrich, the play — I Am The Tiger — is part of an initiative launched to create awareness about tiger conservation.
The initiative kicks off tonight with a one-woman sixty-minute performance by Pasrich at the Taj Mahal Hotel. There will also be a screening of a short film by the same name and the unveiling of the the signature design, which has been painted by Padmashree award winning artist Anjolie Ela Menon.
“It’s a three-pronged initiative — with a performance, an art initiative and a conservation initiative — that will carry on for a year across the country. The aim is engage children and communities and also bring environmentalists and conservationists together on the same platform and create awareness about issue,” says Pasrich. Tiger conservationist Latika Nath Rana and filmmaker Mike Pandey are also part of the drive.
“We have been working with local performers from villages around tiger reserves in an effort to indigenise the play. Also, the villagers will be trained to perform on the theme at public platforms back home to sensitise others about the urgent need to save tigers,” she adds. Pasrich explains that children from schools across the country will be encouraged to design their own signature design, taking inspiration from Anjolie Ela Menon’s painting.
“We will end the year-long drive with a one-hour long musical,” says Pasrich. And, in November, they will host The Short and Sweet Festival which has been put together by Alex Broun, an Australian playwright and screenwriter.
I Am The Tiger is a one-woman performance by Shivani Wazir Pasrich. It is part of a larger initiative promoting conservation
It premiered in January 2011 at the Singinawa Jungle Lodge in Kanha National Park as part of the Artists for Tigers project
Artist Anjolie Ela Menon has painted the signature design of the initiative