Playwright: Mannu Bhandari
Director: Anup Baral
Group: Mandala Theatre, Nepal
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins
Mannu Bhandari tells a story of how politics, press and police are connected with each other, and how the vulnerable voiceless people are caged in a ‘chakravyuha’. She has scripted this play from her popular novel Mahabhoj. The news of a death in the village and violent activities happening around, spread to the city, influencing the media and setting fire in the centre of politics and police force. Will that fire calm down or become a burning coal of questions?
The picture of social and political conflicts experienced by the society should be reflected on the canvas of theatre in a lively way. This is my trust, and that trust has stimulated me to choose Mahabhoj. Politics is one of the finest practices in governance. But, if it is guided by corrupt thoughts, its nexus leads the society towards a weak state. Mahabhoj is the mirror of that corrupt nexus.
This is my ensemble with three generations of artists which I believe has created a new dynamics. I have tried to explore the painting techniques of renaissance period in this play. Chiaroscuro and Sfumato have been used in light design. I wanted to retell the story of Mahabhoj as if we are seeing contemporary events in a historical time frame. Almost monochromatic costumes, sets and props used in the play are a conscious choice.
Anup Baral is a renowned theatre director, actor and concept artist from Nepal. He has a master’s degree in acting from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, India. During his two decade long journey, he has directed and conceptualized more than three dozen plays and performed as an actor too. His strong presence in Nepali theatre has been a source of inspiration for theatre lovers, theatre activists and practitioners.
Mannu Bhandari is an Indian author, known for her Hindi novels, Aapka Bunty and Mahabhoj. Bhandari’s works reflect the changing moods of the society, as they shape her writing and subject matter. Modernism, prevailing social issues and transformations, contemporary social situations, daily struggles of an individual have all played a part in impacting and influencing Bhandari’s works.
Mandala Theatre, Nepal is a group committed to develop and practice a creative style that is strongly based on Nepali theatre and culture, as well as deeply rooted in its desire to be a strong and aesthetic voice for social justice, political awareness and human rights. It owns a theatre centre in Anamnagar, Kathmandu where regular theatre shows are staged.
Cast & Credit
|Atal Singh||Dayahang Rai / Buddhi Tamang|
|Ramesh Bikram||Ramesh Budhathoki|
|Rita Chamling||Sirjana Subba|
|Bhawani Giri||Som Nath Khanal|
|Juddhabir||Pradip Kumar Chaudhary|
|ASI D K Singh||Bikash Joshi|
|Dinesh Babu Panta||Shekhar Chapagain|
|Gauri/DIG’s Wife||Pramila Khanal|
|Head Constable/Villager||Sagar Dahal|
|Tirthe Kailo/Villager||Arjesh Regmi|
|Shambhu/Villager||C K Bista|
|Mohan Singh/Villager||Kabiraj Rai|
|Music Director||Utsav Budhathoki|
|Sound Craft||Dev Neupane|
|Sound Operator||Chhejing Bhotia|
|Light Designer||Umesh Tamang|
|Light Operator||Vijaya Karki|
|Multimedia Operator||Sachin Lama|
|Set Designer||Bimal Subedi|
|Set Constructers||Hum B C/Johnen Kshetri|
|Set Painting||Bikash Tamakhu/Sanisa Makaju|
|Costume Designer||Arpana Nagarkoti/Sunu Rai|
|Poster Sketch||Anamika Gautam|
|Graphic Designer||Siddhanta Pudasaini|
|Photographer||Nabin Babu Gurung|
|Social Media||Sagar Prasain|
|Box Office||Nabina Aryal|
|Finance||Govind Parajuli/Santosh Ghimire|
|Backstage Volunteers||Abhishek Sharma/Deenju Karki/Sanjay Gupta|
|Stage Manager||Bijay Baral/Rijan Pariyar|
|Production Designer||Dev Neupane|
|Assistant Director||Som Nath Khanal|
|Script Translator/Lyrics||Viplob Pratik|
Director, Mandala Theatre
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