Playwright: Mahakavi Bhasa
Director: Bupesh Joshi
Group: Gaatha Natya Dal, Delhi
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Brahmani||Rochika Agarwal, Shalu Rajput|
|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|
|Light Design||Rahul Chauhan|
|Production Controller||Tara Chandra Pant|
Playwright Mahakavi Bhasa
Translator Lalit Singh Pokharia
Concept & Direction Bhupesh Joshi
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