Photographer:miriam | King kobra(Rajaram) with Rani Photographer:miriam | Jill Photographer:miriam | Swar Photographer:miriam | Partha and Savitri Maya Photographer:miriam | blind woman(Rena) and Rani(Savitri Maya) Photographer:miriam | blind woman with son(Raja) Photographer:miriam | Kalki and Roja

Naga Mandala

Play within the play, multiple layer story about certain women’s issues that are swept under the carpet for very long. Naga Mandala or “Questioning” , is the adaptation of Girish Karnad story about king cobra with magical powers. Young and naive wife of indifferent husband is growing her awareness with the help of the blind wise woman and king cobra. Story could have different turns, and different endings, all is up on who is telling the story, and yet here Rani (young wife) got her last word with the help of the excited audience.

Adapted from the play by Girish Karnad
With: Partha, Rena, Swar, Savitri Maya, Deepa, Raja, Rajaram, Amudha, Lorraine, Velvizhi, Thanajayan, Boobalan, Vedivel, and the Mohanam Sound Crew & More!
Music by Girish Rao
Rendition of Bound to you by Jenny Lindquist
Directed by Jill
What is the play about? Love, honor, betrayal, sacrifice, magic, foolishness. Through the characters of the magic cobra, the indifferent husband, the naive wife (who grows in awareness), the wise woman and her fallible son … Karnad suggests in Naga-Mandala, that women’s tales in general, are intimately connected with their being able to tell their own stories, and of those stories being heard. Karnad’s play also underscores the reiterative power of storiesand for women, whose stories for centuries have either been erased, or submerged, or appropriated by patriarchal structures, speech is power.

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