Review: Song of the Swan

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Hi everyone!

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.

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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!

Rid.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Zero Sum says:

    I missed it….hope to catch up if performed again. I suggestion – please do write about props, lights, music and sound as well and how everything is packaged together…your readers are watching the play through your words, eyes and ears.

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  2. joshsang says:

    I also think that they used props cleverly – the “kashmiri noon chai drinking cup” then turned to become the bull’s horns and other stuff. Also, the point that the terrorists poor things were themselves kids – and not necessarily so deep into the whole “kill the people” thing; just as the negotiators were dehumanised, and “numbers” not “people”…were nice subtle issues raised. What say?

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  3. joshsang says:

    I did NOT cry!!! I understand artistic licence and all of that, but this is Slander! But you are right – the play was really good. It’s a pity at that time at Ranga Shankara, there were so few people watching it!

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