Saturday October 21st, 2017 to
Sunday October 22nd, 2017,
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Wandering Artist
No. 51, 6th main road, RA Puram, RA Puram, Govindaswamy Nagar, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028, India,
Chennai

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SAKSHI-HER STORY
A JUSTUS REPERTORY MONODRAMA


SCRIPT, DIRECTION
GOWRI RAMNARAYAN

FEATURING
AKHILA RAMNARAYAN

LIGHTING DESIGN, AUDIO PROJECTION
SHEEJITH KRISHNA

DURATION: 60 MINUTES
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

PREMIERED ON 9 DECEMBER 2015
Rawindra Satabarshiki Bhavan, Agartala, Tripura
Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar Festival of Music, Dance and Drama
Sangeet Natak Akademi

ABOUT SAKSHI THE PLAY

Sakshi – Her Story interweaves the testimonies of three dispossessed protagonists who bear witness from the margin to their lives and times.

CHANDNI-a Mogiya tribal in present-day Rajasthan.
SIVAKAMI--a temple dancer from the Pallava kingdom, Tamilnadu 600 CE
JARATKARU--a Naga woman in the Mahabharata.

As each character tells her story, she expresses her innermost quandaries and questions even as the actions of mightier others impinge upon hers. The fate of an individual, a way of life, a community, and an entire eco-system hang in the balance.

Invoking a diverse range of poets from Appar and Veda Vyasa to Kalki Krishnamurti and Arun Kolatkar, Sakshi – Her Story forms a stark counter-narrative of resilience, courage, strength, and love in the face of untold despair and aching loss.

It explores the themes of abandonment and responsibility as they are experienced by women caught in complex socio-political webs as they struggle to survive.

Sakshi-Her Story is adapted from three plays by Gowri Ramnarayan (Night’s End, Flame of the Forest, and Sarpa Sutra) by the dramatist herself.

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