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Muktidham : Of Hindu Philosophy

Set in 8 th century the play speaks about a time when Hindus were a minority. The fictional tale is set
in a village called Beerpur and the dominant religion was Buddhism. The stage is set like that of a
Hindu Monastery. It was Pala kingdom who were ruling the place and mass conversions to Buddhism
was taking place. Acharya Nath of the Matha is going to die. However he is worried of what legacy
he is leaving behind with these mass conversions happening. There are two possible successors to
him, who has the potential to change the course of history of Hinduism. The play looks into the
conflict in choosing either.
The play also turns out to be a criticism on the Hindu right wing, who had intellectual origins and
turned out to be anti-intellectual. Talking about the creation of play, Majumdar said in an interview
“I think every religion asks three questions-how we were created, what happens after death, and
what should be our moral code of conduct. However it is poor in giving answers to these same
questions.” The play casts Shubrajyothi Bharath, Ipshita Chakraborty, Pratyush Singh and Sandeep
Shikhar.

About the Curators :
Anuradha Kapoor has worked as the director of National School of Drama in Delhi for 6 years and
she played a key role in the establishment of NSD Bangalore.

Lillete Dubey is known for her acting. She has served as the artistic director of The Prime Time
Theatre Company.

About the Director :
Abhishek Majumdar is the artistic director of the Theatre group, India Ensemble, from Bangalore. He
is a teacher, a playwright and an actor too. He graduated from London International School of
Performing Arts and has trained at Yatrik, the studio of Mahesh Dattani.

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