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History's great what-if

For author Gopalkrishna Gandhi, there are two things that the protagonist of his 2004 play, Dara Shukoh has in common with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi — both were religious secularists and both changed the course of history.

art and culture Updated: Oct 29, 2010 23:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

For author Gopalkrishna Gandhi, there are two things that the protagonist of his 2004 play, Dara Shukoh has in common with his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi — both were religious secularists and both changed the course of history. Perhaps this is why, Gandhi finds it easier to tell the story of the Mughal prince in verse.

Travelogue writer William Dalrymple says about the book "(It) imaginatively revisits one of Indian history's great what-if moments."

It's this version of history that the students of the National School of Drama want to bring alive on November 4. Extracts from the book will be enacted through a series of reading and dramatics, which will be followed by a sufi recital by Dr Madan Gopal Singh and Char Yaar.

On November 4 at 7 pm at the India International Centre, Annexe, Conference Room - III, Lodhi Road

First Published: Oct 29, 2010 23:55 IST