Girish Karnad's


Hindi 60 Min | First Staged In 2013

Drawing from an ancient Kannada epic, Girish Karnad’s Bali examines the complexity of the man-woman relationship, within and outside marriage. While looking at it through the lenses of caste and creed, it juxtaposes these relationships with the struggle between two religions. Based on the system of ‘View-Points’ as proposed by Anne Bogart and Tina Landau, our staging of Bali uses the grammar of movement and physical theatre, trying to capture the psychological and emotional spaces of its characters. It is an attempt to interrogate what the term ‘bali’ means to us today. How violence in its many forms has become part of our day to day life. Isn’t the act of sacrifice, an act of violence? Thus, by comparing and contrasting, the play questions why such acts of violence find validation in the name of religion, tradition and culture.


Manhaout – Rahul Nigam / Prashant Sharma

Queen – Vaishali Chakravarty / Momita Jaisi

King – Shashwat Srivastava / Rahul Nigam

Queen Mother – Anuradha Vyas / Vaishali Chakravarty

Chorus – Ankit Jain, Sanjay Yadav, Suraj Kandpal, Yudishthir Singh, Nitesh Raj, Vishwajeet Rao/ Rashmi Mann, Ananya Nanda


Light Design – Rajesh Singh/ Priyanka

Sound Design – Shashwat Srivastava

Hindi Adaptation – Shashwat Srivastava

Communication Design – Sarbajit Sarbajana

Movement Design – Niranjani Iyer, Vaishali Chakravarty

Design & Direction – Aditi Biswas



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