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Looking for something interesting to do this weekend in Gurgaon? Take a look at The Two-Headed Lore, a new play that promises to expand your understanding of gender identity.
Gender identity is explored in many ways in our mythologies. It needs an astute understanding of body, gender politics and the ability to go deeper and deeper into your own personal and political to find stories to tell. And then, you need an artist of a certain capacity to build this with other people’s journeys in physical theatre.
We’ve carried our myths, traditions and stories with us. Those have propagated stereotypes in more ways than one. In times like ours, with paradigm shifts about the notions of roles, and a more dynamic understanding of power, what we need are new stories; new stories in art, culture and being.
When artists draw from their personal stories, the result is almost always more empathetic and much deeper. And to have a 14 year old think about gender identity politics and build it as art is gratifying. It is testimony to the power of art itself. Mauraya Sharma, who has conceptualised and co-directed this play, is a student with a keen interest in art.
The Two-Headed Lore is an attempt at understanding binaries – the day co-existing with the night, the masculine with the feminine. The play is about six folklores and myths, narrated by six actors, as stories arising from a restless night. And dissolving into each one’s personal narratives giving it an unexpected twist, a fresh perspective on the age-old endings.
Directed by Manjari Kaul, an exceptional theatre artist, who is willing to test the boundaries of theatre, narrative and body, this play promises to be insightful and engaging.
It gives me immense pride to see two fantastic artists collaborate, both of whom I have had the fortune of befriending and working with when we were all discovering theatre at Miranda House. Swati S. Mittal Suri is the production designer for the play. A gold medalist and introspective thinker, she brings her own indelible stamp to anything she touches.
So, for those of you in the NCR region, do come over tomorrow and day after to watch the meetings, of these confluences. Here is where you can find tickets.
Saumya Baijal, is a writer in both English and Hindi. Her stories, poems and articles have been published on Jankipul.com, India Cultural Forum, The Silhouette Magazine, Feminism in India, Drunk Monkeys, Writer’s Asylum, read more...
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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