It's time to experience the magnificence of 'Mayanagari'. The grandeur of 'Princess Maya', her pet 'jumbo' and her prized possession — golden sandals — will be there for everyone to see.
'My Sandal', a play by Satyapath Theatre Group, will be staged in Lucknow on April 9. It had been denied permission by the district administration in January after then district magistrate Anil Kumar Sagar imposed restrictions on it citing model code of conduct.
Director Mukesh Verma, who has now been granted permission to stage his show 'My Sandal', said, "It was written almost a year back and after all preparations and rehearsals, we decided to stage it on January 28, but we did not get the permission."
The play is based on the life of a princess Maya, who owns a pet elephant. On her birthday, her ministers get a pair of precious sandals from Arabia to gift it to their princess. They are wrapped in gold foil and kept in a golden basket. Maya's pet elephant, which feeds on gold and silver, eats away the sandals, and that becomes a matter of concern in the state.
Though Verma claims the play is not based on former chief minister Mayawati's life, the name Maya, the elephant and sandal, all suggest it is a direct satire on the former CM.
Verma said, "We had no plans of targeting anyone. But permission to stage the play was denied in the previous government's regime. Now we are ready for the show."
Soon after the new CM's swearing-in, the director applied for permission at the collectorate. OP Pathak, ADM west said, "The permission has now been granted for the staging of the play at Rai Uma Nath Bali auditorium."