A war of succession, thinking, power. Was the gain worth it? asks the victor – Emperor Aurangzeb. An account on the life of Emperor Aurangzeb and his rule during the 17th century.
Directed by – KS Rajendran, Theatre group – Natyadharmi Playwright – Indira Parthasarathy, Translation – Shahid Anwar
‘Aurangzeb’, originally written in Tamil by the eminent, award winning author Indira Parthasarathy, is an account on the life of Emperor Aurangzeb and his rule during the 17th century.
A series of war breaks out amongst the emperor sons after he falls ill in 1657. The sons Dara and Aurangzeb were the main contenders of the war and supporting them were the emperor’s two daughters Jahanara and Roshanara.
The play shows that during the time, Dara was alone present at Agra and was sympathetic towards Shahjahan’s dream of building a black-marble-mahal for himself on the other side of Yamuna facing Mumtaz’s Tajmahal. A series of fights, arguments and difference of opinion among the brothers and selects, ensues to capture the peaks of a period of history.
The story showcases Aurangzeb’s Islamic fundamentalist rule, his father Shah Jahan’s self-indulgent and irrational attitude, Dara’s secular mindset and the clashes that result because of all this.
Directed by – Prof. K S Rajendran , a National School of Drama alumnus.
Theatre group – Natyadharmi
Play Genre – Drama,
Duration – 90 mins
Language – Hindi,
Subtitles – NA
Play release date – 27-Dec-2016