Bundelkhand ki virgin machhliya is a political satire based on the novel The virgin fish of Babughat by Lokenath Bhattacharya that explores an allegorical world where all forms of diversity have been killed by those in Power.
The play’s allegorical world is based in Bundelkhand. Bundelkhand’s notorious past as a princely state and present fate of being one of the most underdeveloped regions of India often struck by famine and draught gives the play a strange intensity. Within the futuristic world of the play, individuals are losing their ability to speak, to create, to remember. They no longer have distinct identities or at least that is what Power wants of them – to be unitary. They have been reduced only to their functionality. Women have been reduced to resources for reproduction or pleasure providers within this masochistic machinery. Their virginity is thus a fundamental parameter to judge their ability.
Essentially Bundelkhand ki virgin machhliya is a love story in a dystopic world that holds hope of freedom not only for the inmates of this reign of terror but also through the creation of this allegorical world attempts to question the human condition of our present world.
BUNDELKHAND KI VIRGIN MACHHLIYAN is the story of a man who has forgotten his name. He lives in a sinister detention camp with other inmates. In the camp they were stripped naked and all their belongings were taken away. They were given all the luxuries of life which include unlimited sexual gratification. However it is only the Pradhan Karyalay or Headquarters who decides what pleasures they would have.
The protagonist of the play who was an actor-director before he came to the camp has been given a unique punishment: he must create a play about each of the moment that he lives in the camp. He turns this task into a lifeline to document the systematic dehumanisation in the camp and frantically tries to capture each moment within the boundaries of a stopwatch and soon loses sense of the difference between life and performance. He is unable to find a story. The only story he lives to tell is his love story with Ishnoor.
Language: Hindi, English and some bits of Kannada, Sindhi, Kumauni
Adapted and directed by Sharmistha Saha
Assistant director: Dev Chaudhuri
Lata S. Singh, Bharati Perwani, Bheeshm Chouhan, Nilraj Rathore, Gaurav Singh, Saurabh Pratap Singh, Kranthi Kumar, Vicky Gurbaxani, Vishal Vats, Mohammad Faisal
Time & Date: 19th November, 7.30pm
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