Last week, on the 25th of April, I went for a play called ‘Song of the Swan’ in Ranga Shankara. The play is written by Asad Hussain and was directed by Shubhrajyoti Barat. The play was performed by Knot Theatre and the cast was Suneel Sinha, Gopal Datt, Saurabh Nayyar, Harsh Khurana, Avneesh Mishra, Benaf Dadachanji and Avantika Akerkar.
The play is about the terrorism in Kashmir and the actions of the Mujahideen in that area. Many people tell their stories and in the midst of it all a mother tries to get over the death of her son, Hans Christian Ostro. He had gone to India from Norway to study theatre and Kathakalli, and was taken hostage and beheaded by the Mujahideen.
To read more about this incident, read this article published on the 14th of August 1995: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/14/world/kashmiri-rebels-decapitate-captive-norwegian-tourist.html
I thought that the script was really interesting as well as intense and thought-provoking. She denies it, but secretly I think my mum cried 🙂 . The acting was absolutely excellent and every one of the cast members were unforgettable. The direction was really great as well and even though the set was simple, it served its purpose.
Overall, I thought the play was really good and would recommend that if it is performed again somewhere close to you, you should definitely go watch it. If I HAD to choose one thing I didn’t like, it would be the mild headache I had later in the evening as the play was very intense and required my brain to work quite a bit 🙂
Have a nice day!