24-01-2019: 7:00 PM
Actor Murali Theatre
The whole process of this production was initiated from the query, why Shakuntalam now? The performance takes a leap from the torturing summer of the present day to the tranquil summer as depicted by Kalidasa. This performance probes the plot with an eco-feministic sensibility and hence the story of the signet ring, the curse of Durvasa and the reunion in Act 6 and 7 are deemphasized so as to highlight the relationship between Shakuntala and Dushyanta.The hunt itself become a metaphor with myriad connotations. The king hunts into the serene Ashram which is all blushed with flowering creepers, the vanajyotsna, lathanikunj, deer, birds, lotuses, water bodies, cool wind, flower beds and the music from the rustling leaves… A perfect set for love and unison, as typical, dreamlike and poetic as in any of the Kalidasa literature.