As part of the Ananda series, ‘Kurukshetra—When Things Fall Apart’ will be staged on March 8, 6:30 pm at the Music Academy.
The play is based on three characters from the Mahabharata—Drona, his wife Kripi and son Ashwatthama. “The story has to make sense now and you can see it as a contemporary story occurring in every single person’s life with the crumbling cosmos in the background,” says Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan who has directed the play.
She says that everyone knows Drona, the military general and the invincible Gurus of the Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. “His wife Kripi is my creation. Very little of her is known in the Mahabharata,” says Dr. Gowri Ramnarayan. She adds that Kripi who is a healer and lover of nature is disturbed that her son is following villains in place of hereoes.
Dr Ramnarayan says the play is impactful as it throws light in human relationships in families. “As a kid, Ashwatthama is loveable but he is all mixed up. Children tend to take up the wrong side when they are confused. This play is all about a dsyfunctional family. “In fact, Ashwatthama rues that he did not know that his father loved him till he died,” says Dr. Ramnarayan.