Vrindavan


Naatak Presents its 50th Production

A Grand Musical – The Knight Foundation Grant Winner

Vrindavan

Dates: September 12-27, 2015

 

Venue: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, CA

Written and Directed by Sujit Saraf

Produced by Soumya Agastya


About the Play

In 2014, Bollywood’s dream girl Hema Malini became Member of Parliament from Mathura. When visiting a widow-home in Vrindavan, she suggested that Vrindavan widows should remain in Bengal instead of coming to over-crowded Vrindavan. The uproar that followed involved many actors – NGOs, the BJP, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and Hema Malini.

This incident provides the inspiration for Vrindavan, City of Widows, in which 12 feisty widows live in raucous celebration until a Bollywood actress arrives to disrupt their lives. Vrindavan is a grand musical, juxtaposing the colorful love of Radha and Krishna with the stark existence of Vrindavan widows, and told through humor and wit, the songs of Meera Bai and the gyrations of Bollywood songs. The play features spectacular sets, costumes and lights, along with live music by Nachiketa Yakkundi and his team, choreography by Guru Bandana Sen, and dance by Dipanwita Sengupta and her students at California Nupur Dance Academy.

This is Naatak’s 50th play. As befits a milestone production, it will be staged on a grand scale, with much media coverage, and as many as 9 shows for a large audience.

A news item on the incident that became the genesis of this play: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/widows-from-bengal-bihar-stay-there-why-crowd-vrindavan-hema-malini-667204

Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 100 minutes, no intermission
Children under 7 will not be admitted


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Credits

Director and playwright: Sujit Saraf
Music Director: Nachiketa Yakkundi
Dance Director: Nritya Shiromoni Guru Bandana Sen


Vocalists Nachiketa Yakkundi, Vidya Murthy, Lakshmi Shankar Rao, Poonam Yakkundi
Organ Anand Karve
Tabla Ashish Tare
Manjira Gandhar Tare
Triangle Poonam Yakkundi
Assistant Dance Director Dipanwita Sengupta
Dancers Dipanwita Sengupta, Juhi Mohan, Kanchan Srivastava, Sonia Singhal, Mrina Natarajan, Mahasweta Ganguly, Nupur Goyal, Tina Cheruvelil, Renuka Adnani, Tejaswini Narayanan, Dipashreya Sur, Pooja Solanki, Reya Shah, Snigdha Chatterjee, Richa Bhattacharya, Oishika Barat
Protima Dasi Ranjita Chakravarty
Putul Dasi Palak Joshi
Meera Dasi Roopcy Dhiman
Lata Dasi Aruna Sheth
Gauri Dasi Asmita Jain
Ganga Dasi Pratiksha Rao
Jamna Dasi Savitha Samu
Saraswati Dasi Anjali Bhaid
Pinki Dasi Neha Goyal
Neela Dasi Rajani Nair
Badi Sumitra Dasi Anjali Bhide
Chhoti Sumitra Dasi Shubhla Jotwani
Anjali Madam Sowmya Padmanabhan
Bina Kumari Vinata Karra
Mishraji Surender Singh (Sep 13, 19, 20, 26), Ashok Vijay (Sep 12, 18, 25, 27)
Murariji Amit Sharma (Sep 12, 25 ,27), Shaurya Jagtap (Sep 13, 18, 19), Navjyoti Sharma (Sep 20, 26)
Sudhakaran Vikram Ramanarayanan


Producer Soumya Agastya
Production Designer Snigdha Jain
Sets Director Asheesh Divetia
Props Designer Savitha Samu
Costumes Director Soumya Agastya
Marketing Director Rajiv Nema
Sets Manager Vikas Dhurka
Sets Team Nicole A Bryant Stephens, Michael X Stephens, Madhav Duggineni, Indranil Roychoudhury, Abhijeet Vaidya, Saurabh Jain, Rohit Dube, Prithi Yadav, Vipul Gupta, Alka Sippy, Ranjan Patra, Mansi Kothari, Harpreet Kaur, Rhitik Verma, Rohit Verma, Arun Agarwal
Props Team Arun Agarwal, Saurabh Jain, Rohit Dube, Vignesh Ramakrishnan, Divya Chandrasekharan
Costumes Team Snigdha Jain, Sonali Baheti, Harpreet Kaur, Prabha Seshadri, Ranjana Saraf, Monica Chitkara, Nrityavilash Suchandra Banerjee
Marketing Team Harish Agastya, Hemkumar Joshi, Surender Singh, Varun Dua
Lights Srikar Srinath
Sound Manish Sabu
Supertitles Vineeta Singh
Visual Designer Pragya Tiwari, Cherie Jhaveri
Stage Management Arun Agarwal, Rohit Dube, Saurabh Jain
Make-up Smita Karhade, Harpreet Kaur, Shravanti Shinde, Neeti Solanki
Event Management Rajat Sharma
Box Office Madhuvanthi Guruprasad, Daniel
Photography Swagato Basumallick, Amit Basu, Shweta Prakash
Videography Phani Mahavrathayajula
Website Indranil Roychoudhury


Knight Foundation, KQED 88.5FM, India Currents, India West, India Abroad, Brian Haines, Byron, Sonal Sabu, Bottega Designs, Anurooba Balakrishnan, Anil Khubchandani, Varun Dua


SHOWTIMES

SAT Sep 12, 6 pm: Sold Out
SUN Sep 13, 4 pm: Sold Out
FRI Sep 18, 8 pm: VIP Sold Out
SAT Sep 19, 6 pm: Sold Out
SUN Sep 20, 4 pm: VIP Sold Out
FRI Sep 25, 8 pm
SAT Sep 26, 2 pm & 6 pm
SUN Sep 27, 4 pm

TICKETS
Individual Tickets

General:    $22
VIP:   $32

Group Tickets (for 4+ tickets)

General Group: $20
VIP Group: $30
**Deep discounts available for 10 or more tickets. Please call 408.499.5692 or email tickets@naatak.org

VENUE

Cubberly Theater,
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303



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