|Ticket Price:||₹ 300|
|Language:||English & Malayalam|
|Age:||12 years & above|
|Playwright:||Sachin Gurjale, Vivek Vijayakumaran, Ajith Lal, Swetanshu Bora and Anitha Santhanam|
|Cast:||Vivek Vijayakumaran & Sachin Gurjale|
|Location:||JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066|
The Play has been nominated under several categories for the prestigious META Awards 2017. Drawing inspiration from Ashok Malhotra’s Child Man, MT Vasudevan Nair’s Randam Muzham and Jeanette Winterson’s Weight, the play explores the paradoxes and ironies in the life of the second Pandava - Bhima.
Who is Bhima? What is his hunger? Who feeds it? What are the choices available to a hero? What is the fate of a strong man in contemporary times? These are some of the questions around which the key narrative of the play evolves.
The play explores the concept of the eternal masculine and “strong” superhero embodies through Pandava prince Bhima.
In the course of the play, complex questions are raised - Who is Bhima really and what is his relevance to contemporary society? Is his version of masculinity still acceptable, or is he just a child-man who seeks a guide? Is he a selfless narcissist?
In the current context, how would Bhima fit – as a loyal middle management warrior who can never be CEO? Would he be able to overreach his defined roles of the eternal family man, breadwinner, husband and son, and seek his identity as an individual? And even if he were to, would he even be accepted in a society which perhaps lauds its Arjuna’s only?
Contrasting the heroism of the Kutiyattam form with contemporary dialogue and commentary, using music and poetry as interventions, the play re-examines a version of masculinity and its interaction with modernity.
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.