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Kalidasa?s Meghdoot goes global

In April, music director Debajyoti Mishra will be in Paris to stage a musical based on Kalidasa?s Meghdoot.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 20:54 IST

Kalidasa’ epic poem Meghdoot finds a global platform. Music director Debajyoti Mishra is all set to stage in Paris a musical called Meghdoot- The Cloud Messenger, based on the classic poetry of one of oldest poets of India.

“Texas-based scientist Ashish Roychowdhury, who is also a friend, has taken the initiative to help us stage such a musical in France. It will be sponsored by a big French company. Initially, I wanted to choose the events in the aftermath of Mahabharata as the theme of the musical. But the epical quality of love, which is central to Meghdoot, attracted me. Uday Shankar’s Kalpana has also worked as my inspiration for the project,” says Mishra.

His Meghdoot will be on the lines of a Broadway musical. “The grand production will see the participation of 42 musicians from India and France. There are 12 central characters, which will be played by French actors. We zeroed in on them because of the larger-than-life characteristics of French people,” he adds.
The script that revolves round the key idea of Meghdoot- a lovelorn Yaksha’s plea to the clouds to carry his message to his beloved who is far away- also incorporates poems of Michael Madhusudan Dutta, Satyendranath Dutta, Buddhadeb Basu, Shakti Chattopadhyay and Baudelaire. “I am working with Joy Goswami, MK Singh and Gulzar to develop the script. The issue of global warming and pollution is also introduced in the script to make the musical contemporary,” says Mishra.

Besides Rabindra Sangeet and original compositions of Mishra, Meghdoot… will also have Bob Dylan song. “Songs of Tagore’s barsha series have been used. The musical also has some of my old compositions on the same theme like one of my songs that featured in Titli. I have taken the help of heavy chamber orchestra to show the collision of clouds on stage,” says the composer, who also pens the lyrics of his music. Meghdoot… will be staged in Paris in April. “Rehearsals have begun. We go to France in the beginning of April to join the rest of the team. There are plans to take the production to other cities in France,” he says.