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Shikhandi : Story of Gender, Sexuality and Mythology

Shikhandi is a significant mythological character in Indian mythology. This is an award winning play
which looks at Shikhandi in a different approach. It is trying to visualise transgender in a way
opposed to the mainstream visualisations. The play is actually a comic retelling of the story of
Shikhandi. Shikhandi was born as a female and brought up as a male. She wanted to take revenge an
insult that happened in her previous life as Amba.
Talking to the Hindu, Faezeh said “I didn’t want to make a sad story. I wanted to use humour to bring
alive the point. I have used clichés and stereotypes to highlight the biases of the society.” It is in fact
a message to contemporary society as well. Even now, we judge people based on their physicality,
sexuality. But there are in betweens that are as beautiful as the binaries that the traditional society
believed in.
Directed by Faezeh Jalali, it has in it Meher Acharia, Mahnaz Damania, Vikrant Dhote, Karan Desai,
Nikhil Murali and Shristi Srivastava.

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 :
Faezeh Jalali has been teaching theatre for over a decade. She studied in Beloit College in USA. She
had also been working as an actor. She is known for hr role in Slumdog Millionaire, Shaitaan and the
play Jaal.

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