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The Peacock Prince


Apr 02 2023 to Apr 02 2023 3 p.m.



Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices

4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, 37, Lal Bagh Main Road 560027

Event Description

Date: April 2, 2023

Timings: 3:00 PM- 4:10 PM & 7:00 PM- 8:10 PM

Venue: Shoonya Art & Cultural Organization

About the play:

From the despondency of unrequited dreams, arises the scion of the Panchala kingdom, albeit in a new birth, unable to shake off the pain and anguish caused to her gender; the shackling and abuse. Amba takes birth in Drupada’s palace, a gift bestowed by Shiva. Raised with the garb and education of a boy, she believes herself to be one… and in a chance universal shake of the dice transforms into one, by an ancient procedure. Now the young prince seeks redemption that can only be granted by the death of Bheesma, her abductor and bete noire. The play arises from the ithihasa Mahabharata, but chooses to seek answers and resolutions in a modern day society that exposes its confusion, fear, and lack of empathy for those who identify themselves beyond the binary. The play is an attempt to seek new definitions, new meaning to roles and responsibilities that have been historically gender specific.

Directed and Performed by Anuradha Venkataraman, written by V.Balakrishnan Anuradha Venkataraman is a Bharatanatyam dancer and a theatre practitioner. Trained under Guru Saroja Vaidyanathana in Bharatanatyam and under V.Balakrishnan in theatre. Anuradha has been performing regularly in India and Abroad. She is an empanelled artist of ICCR and an 'A' graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan. Academically Anuradha has completed her MPhil in Cultural Studies at Jain University Bangalore under Dr.Choodamani Nangdagopal. She has been an Artist in residence at TUIDA in South Korea, Rags of Memory by Instabili Vaganti in India, and OMI dance residency in New York. She has been part of two international collaborations- Fish Tree Moon a play written and directed by Yosup Bae from TUIDA which premiered in Rangashankara's festival Bangalore and Dante Beyond Borders by Instabili Vaganti, which premiered in both India and Italy.

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