Dekho, Magar Pyaar Se
Dekho, Magar Pyaar Se
|Ticket Price:||₹ 300|
|Duration:||60 minutes (no intermission)|
|Age:||8 years and above only|
|Location:||JAGRITI, Ramagondanahalli, Varthur Road, Whitefield, Bengaluru, 560066|
Section 377, a law that criminalises “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman, or animal,” has had a long and contentious history in India since it was first introduced by the British in 1861. It was challenged in 2001, struck down in 2009, upheld in 2013, and once again struck down in 2018.
The 2009 Naz judgement on Section 377 delivered by the High Court has come to be a landmark judgement in recent times. The judgement is poignant, not only because it empowered the queer community, but also because it spoke of the government’s interference in the spheres of privacy and freedom as something that affects everyone- therefore universalising the the sense of repression felt by those who identify as queer.
Using extracts from this judgement as a backdrop, this piece ties together 4 stories- a teenager who is desperate to know what it means to be a real man, a young adult who looks back at his secretly queer childhood, the guilt of another young man who has failed the masculinity ideal, and a policeman who makes it his business to ensure the purity of our culture.
Referencing queer performance artist Tim Miller's intensely private manner and genderqueer musician and performer Vaginal Davis' alienating and subversive tactics, the show is a blend of realism and the grotesque. Funny, moving, and irreverent, this piece takes a satirical looks at images in popular culture and turns them on their heads- providing an inclusive and empowering manner of negotiating these images; as well as inviting members of the audience to have a long hard look at the monsters that they themselves have been complicit in creating.
(Additional Direction and Dramaturgy: Sheena Khalid)
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.