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Playwright: Sankar Prasad Tripathy
Director: Dhira Mallick
Group: Satabdira Kalakar, Bhubaneswar
Language: Odiya
Duration: 1 hr 35 mins




The Play

The ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, descend to earth to save the innocent people from the oppression of demons and to establish Manaba Dharma. As Kachhap Avatar (Tortoise), Lord Vishnu helps to churn the Milk Ocean (Khirasindhu), and as Buddha Avatar, Vishnu teaches selflessness. The tenth Avatar, Kalki, is yet to come. It is said that when injustice, indiscipline and oppression by those in power over the weaker, goes beyond tolerance, Lord Vishnu will appear as Kalki, to punish all these sinners. The play uses popular folk forms like Pala, Daskathia, Chhau, Kathak and other traditional forms. The play depicts the development of human beings from the primitive age to the present day society. The incarnation of Lord Vishnu plays its role to save the society and the mankind, as narrated by the Sutradhar ‘Pala Gayak’. This stylised production with folk arts makes the play more interesting and attractive.


Director’s Note

The play Dashavatara appealed to me for its moral value and useful message. The play has colourful visuals, traditional, classical and folk dance & music. Dances like Chhau, Odissi, Dandanaacha and folk music have been blended for a unique experience. The choreography and aesthetics of the production help in conveying the message to the society effectively.


The Director

Dhira Mallick, graduated in Acting from Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in 1976. He participated in a month long Directors’ Workshop in Mumbai in 1995, organised by National Sangeet Natak Akademi where directors like Kanheiyalal, N. Muthuswamy, Anuradha Kapoor, Vijaya Mehta, Naseeruddin Shah, Amol Palekar etc. imparted training. Shri Mallick has acted in more than 120 plays and directed about 150 plays, which have been staged across the country. His plays have participated in many National level festivals like Spring Festival, Rangsangam, organised by National Sangeet Natak Akademi at Mumbai and Ahmedabad respectively. One of his plays was staged at National School of Drama for students and faculty in 1980 and also in 19th Bharat Rang Mahotsav. He has also participated in other festivals like Nandikar festival, Disari Festival, EZCC Festivals, NZCC Festivals etc. held at various part of the country. In 1988 he participated in the festival of India in USSR as a troupe leader. A recipient of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and felicitated by many organisations of the State, he has worked as Secretary, Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi and founder Secretary, Odisha Natya Sangha. He is the General Secretary and Principal of Satabdira Kalakar School of Acting.


The Playwright

Sankar Prasad Tripathy is a well-known Odia Playwright. His plays are mostly staged by eminent directors and groups of Odisha. Out of his 20 plays, 15 plays have been published. Four of these published in English are Behind the shadows, Spear of Hope, Purushottam and Frienimal. He has been awarded by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Odisha Sahitya Akademi and many other cultural organisations of Odisha and outside.


The Group

Satabdira Kalakar, a cultural institution, was established in 1976 in the temple city of Bhubaneshwar.

Besides Orissa, the group has performed in New Delhi (NSD), Guwahati, Kolkata, Lucknow, Allahabad, Shanti Niketan, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad etc. The group has staged around 150 plays of noted playwrights.



Cast & Credits

Pala Gayak Bidhanshu, Roshan  
Palia (Repeaters) Apurba, Soumya, Ashok, Biswajit, Subham, Manoj  
Badak (Rhythm Player) Satya, Prakash  
Hiranakhya, Hiranyakashipu, Parsuram, Balaram etc. Alok  
Brahma/ Sukracharya/ Dasarath Soumendra  
Varaha/ Bamana/ Jamadagni Santosh  
Durbasha Kartik  
Narayan/ Matsya Avatar Manas  
Duryodhan, Ravana, Sahashrajun Subhasis  
Indra/ Buddha/ Ramachandra Bharat.  
Renuka, Kaikei Monideepa  
Nartaki, Sita Priyanka  
Prahallad Asha  





Pratap Rout

Light   Darpanarayan Sethi
Make-up   Narendra Senapati
Costume   Kartik Sahoo
Set/ Property   Sangram Moharana
Playwright                                                         Shankar Tripathy
Director                                                                    Dhira Mallick



Dhira Mallick

Director, Satabdira Kalakar

HIG-27 (faere) H.B. colony

Phase- 1-C.S. Pwe Bhubaneswar

Odisha -751016

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