GIRISH KARNAD'S BALI (HINDI – 60 MINUTES)

Drawing from an ancient Kannada epic, Girish Karnad’s Bali examines the complexity of the man-woman relationship, within and outside marriage. While looking at it through the lenses of caste and creed, it juxtaposes these relationships with the struggle between two religions. Based on the system of ‘View-Points’ as proposed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, our staging of Bali uses the grammar of movement and physical theatre, trying to capture the psychological and emotional spaces of its characters. It is an attempt to interrogate what the term ‘bali’ means to us today. How violence in its many forms has become part of our day to day life. Isn’t the act of sacrifice, an act of violence? Thus, by comparing and contrasting, the play questions why such acts of violence find validation in the name of religion, tradition and culture.

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