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ANDHA YUG

Playwright: Dharmavir Bharati
Translation: Sukesh Panda
Director: Chavan Pramod R.
Group: Department of Dramatics,M.S. University, Vadodara
Language: Gujarati
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

Prologue: The prevailing fight between power and survival in the world, the wrath of the blind age.

Act 1: Dhrutarashtra and Gandhari crying for their dying sons and eagerly waiting for Sanjay. The Vrudhha Yachak enters with his predictions.

Act 2: Ashwatthama transforms himself into a destructive being and tries to kill Sanjay and Vrudhha Yachak, Krutvarma and Krupacharya question Ashwatthama’s intentions.

Act 3: Yuyutsu enters Hastinapur after winning battle with Pandvas, and Gandhari dishonours him. Ashwatthama justifies his intentions, and Krutvarma and Krupacharya join his struggle.

Interlude: The Vruddha Yachak explains Andha Yug and the characters give a description of their world.

Act 4: Vidur and Sanjay narrate the details of Ashwatthama’s cruelty to Gandhari. Ashwatthama releases Brahmastra. Sanjay leads Gandhari to the corpse of Duryodhan. Gandhari blames Krishna and curses him.

Epilogue: Question – “How to save humanity?”

 

Director’s Note

This piece of work focuses solely on the thematic content of the play, rather than abiding by the conventional structure. It attempts to look beyond the barriers of time and space and emerges subtly and symbolically. The questions raised are regarding human tolerance and the atrocities of war, where women, children and youth are the major victims. “When will the world be peaceful?” is the quintessential quest. I have attempted to depict my perceptions about how various systems drive a region and its inhabitants into insoluble problems of restless society and political turmoil, where the sole sufferers are the common people.

 

The Director

A recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan National Award for Theatre Direction, Dr. Chavan Pramod R. is a disciple of Guru Kavalam N. Panikkar, under whose guidance he pursued training of Natyashastra and Sanskrit Theatre. He also underwent the basic training of Kutiyattam at Kalamandalam and worked in-depth on different forms of Kerala. Dr. Chavan Pramod has done Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors in Theatre with 4 gold medals from the Dramatics Department, M. S. University of Baroda. Some of the plays designed and directed by him are Andhayug, Uttararmcharitam, Venisamhara, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Waiting for Godot, Vikramorvashiyam’s fourth Act, Dak Ghar, Juloos, Hayavadan etc. His book Rang Saptak – An Anthology of Panikkar’s Plays Translated in Hindi has been published by Rajkamal Prakashan.

 

The Playwright

Dharmavir Bharati was a renowned Hindi poet, author, playwright and a social thinker of India. He was the chief editor of the popular magazine Dharmayug. Bharati was awarded the Padmashri for literature in 1972 and Sangeet Natak Akademy Award in playwriting in 1988. Prominent works by him include Gunahon ka Devta, Suraj ka Satwan Ghoda, Andha Yug etc.

 

The Group

Department of Dramatics, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda has nurtured a number of aspiring artists wanting to pursue theatre as profession. Along with the academic experience it also creates a platform for art events, festivals, workshops, seminars and research. It has started “Satur Theatre” to inculcate performance skills in the students and orient audiences for the Theatre Movement. It has been conducting the Manch Parva – National Theatre Festival since 2011.

 

Cast & Credits

Gandhari 1                                 

Mallika Lokhande

Gandhari 2                                 

RiyaDoshi

Gandhari 3                                 

VaideshaLobiyal

Gandhari 4                                       

Aasawari Padhye

Gandhari 5                                       

Saloni Soni

Dhrutarashtra                           

ShashankJha

Ashwathama                              

Ivan MD Khan

Yuyutsu                                      

Akhil Nair

Sanjay                                       

Hardik Soni

VruddhaYachak/

 

Western Dance                           

Prashanjit Dey

Vidura                                        

Mohammad Nawaz Khan

Prahari1                                       

Dave Het

Prahari 2 /Fashion Show             

HimadriVyas

Vyasa /Chorus 1/Fashion Show           

Parth Nair

/Western Dance

 

Chorus 2/ Western Dance/

 

Fashion Show                              

Ankush Biniwale

Chorus 3                                              

Udaysinh R. Rajput

Chorus4                                          

Shreyas Sathe

Music Composer

 

& Vocal                                       

Vipul Barot

Music Composer

 

& Instrument                               

Manish Barot

Music Arranger                             

Birju Kanthariya

Music Operator                            

Sanket Chouhan

 

 

Lights                                                   

Manish Rohit, Hind Bhatt

Make-up                                      

Gaurav Chaturvedi

Translator                                       

Sudhir Kulkarni

 

 

Playwright                                  

Dharmvir Bharati

 

 

Performance Text, Design,

 

Direction & Choreographer      

Chavan Pramod R.

Contacts

Dr.ChavanPramod R.

Director, Department of Dramatics

Faculty of Performing Arts

The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda

Opp.Sursagar, Nyay-Mandir, Gujarat

Vadodara- 390001

M:+91 9898822624

E: chavan_pramoduma@yahoo.co.in

chavan.pramod-dramatics@msubaroda.ac.in

 

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