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Playwright: Mahakavi Bhasa
Director: Bupesh Joshi
Group: Gaatha Natya Dal, Delhi
Language: Hindi


The Play

The theme of the play not only represents the society in the aforesaid era, but also throws light on the degenerating values of the modern society. Love and brotherhood have given way to deceit, cunning and crime. In the story, Charudutta, once a prosperous resident of Ujjaini, due to his compassion and generosity, is now a poor man. Vasantsena, a courtesan, is the pride of the town. She is a benevolent, gracious and beautiful young woman. Enamoured by the extraordinary qualities of Charudutta, she falls madly in love with him. Although the story is a unique example of realism in Sanskrit literature, it is also apt for contemporary Indian theatre.


Director’s Note

Among the plays written by Mahakavi Bhasa, Charudutta is exemplary in its narrative and character portrayal. It is said that Sudraka’s Mrichhakatikam is based on Charudutta. The central thought of the play is that one should remain steadfast in one’s principles and values even in difficult times. The play also emphasises responsibility and morality in the institution of marriage. The storyline primarily deals with Shringara, Karun, and Hasya rasas, which are a part of the Navrasas of Bharatmuni’s Natyashastra. Keeping the traditions of Sanskrit drama, the play begins with a prelude. Visuals and choreography are blended in the production to make the play more interesting.


The Director

Born in Pithoragah, Uttarakhand, Bupesh Joshi is a graduate of Bharatendu Natya Akademi, Lucknow (1999). He is a recipient of Safdar Hashmi Award (2018) from Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi. He worked as an actor with Rangmandal, Shri Ram Centre for Art and Culture, New Delhi from 2000 to 2011. He has acted in more than 50 plays including Hayavadan, Jis Lahore Nahi Dekhya…, Ek Gadhe Ki Atma Katha etc. and directed more than 40 plays including Charudutt, Ashad Ka Ek Din, Arey Mayavi Sarovar and Mayaram Ki Maya. He has acted in films like Pinjar, Chintooji, Soan Chidiya; and tele-serials like Dehleej and Tum Sath Dena Mera. Bhupesh has participated in Tractor International Theatre festival, Italy and various others theatre festivals held nationally and internationally. He is a recipient of the Junior Fellowship from Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


The Translator

Lalit Singh Pokhriya, a graduate of Bharatendu Natya Akademi (1984-87), is an actor, playwright, director and theatre faculty. He has been awarded by the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natya Akademi, and is active in Indian theatre for the last 35 years. He has acted in more than 60 plays and conducted more than 50 workshops on theatre. He is the Founder Director of Nisarg Natya Sansthan, Lucknow, and a guest theatre director and faculty at Bharatendu Natya Akademi, Lucknow; Himachal Cultural Forum Natya Akademi, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh; Garhwal University and various other institutes.


The Group

Gaatha Natya Dal was established in 2005. It organizes production-based theatre workshops and children theatre workshops every year in Pithoragarh with assistance from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Uttarakhad. The group conducts theatre workshops under the National School of Drama Extension Programme. It also organizes institutional seminars, theatre discussions and theatre readings on drama, art and culture.

Cast & Credits

Charudutt Bhupesh Joshi
Vasantsena Priyanka Sharma
Shakar Prasoon Narayan
Vitt Vikas Yadav
Maitraye  Mukesh Jha
Radanika Ritu Raj
Madanika Nikita Rawat
Sharvilak Rajeev
Samvahak Ashwin Saxena
Nat Ramashankar Yadav
Nati Shalu Rajput
Brahmani Rochika Agarwal, Shalu Rajput
Chaturika Purnima
Karnpoorak Amit,Ankush Verma
Vyakti Ankush Verma, Arun Bhatt
Choornagoshth/Vardhmanvaka Shivam Kumar Pathak
Chorus Tanishk Joshi, Samrat Singh, Lata Joshi,
  Akshat Singh, Kanishk Joshi, Sarita Chaturvedi
Stage Management Arvind Singh
Stage Setting Ankush Verma,Arun Bhatt, Kartikeya Masiwal, Sonu, Md. Bilal
Stage Design Bhupesh Joshi
Costume & Choreography Satprakash
Assistants Shalu Rajput,Lata Joshi, Shivam Pathak,
Stage Property Vikas Yadav, Ashwin Saxena
Music Ravi Sharma, Gagan Singh
Music Operation Waqar Khan
Movement Bhumikeshwar Singh
Light Design Rahul Chauhan
Make-up Mukesh Jha,
Production Controller Tara Chandra Pant

Playwright                  Mahakavi Bhasa

Translator                  Lalit Singh Pokharia

Concept & Direction  Bhupesh Joshi



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