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Play for a cause

A play on modern Indian women brings together artists from different backgrounds.

entertainment Updated: Mar 06, 2010 01:17 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

Draupadi - We are so different now is a theatrical production that projects the travails of modern day women. It brings together some of the finest female talents of the country, from various artistic backgrounds. The play reflects the notion that Draupadi's life resonates ominously within the lives of modern day women.

"I was always fascinated by the character of Draupadi and wanted to explore it. I started working on the script and lots of my friends from theatre and film fraternity helped me in this venture," says Shivani Wazir Pasrich, who conceptualised and produced this play.

Co-directed by Tina Jhonson, a South Africa based director, Draupadi... is set in the modern times and has characters that we are can relate to. It's a story of a woman stretched in all directions - at home, at work and as a social entity, and her struggle to find solutions to these never-ending challenges. In depicting the plight of contemporary Indian women, the play leads the audience on a journey from the present to the past, and back again.

The signature of the play has been done by renowned painter Anjoli Ela Menon. "Anjoli has lent her artistic expertise to this play. Her approach to this whole concept is very thoughtful and far deeper," adds Pasrich.

Classical singer Shubha Mudgal will be doing the music for the production and designer Ritu Kumar, with her in-depth knowledge of Indian weaves and heritage, has been assigned the task of doing the costumes.

Besides entertaining the audience, the play also has a charitable purpose. The funds that will be raised through this production will go to the Breast Cancer Patients Benefits Foundation.

The play will be held at Kamani Auditorium from March 19-26, 7 pm onwards. For tickets, contact: 9971339654