Awishkar's Sangeet Bayaa Daar Ughad takes the audience back into the 13th century to begin a journey with women who find their identity through spiritual poetry
Watching the play Sangeet Bayaa Daar Ughad is perhaps a fitting way to bring the festive week to an end.
Based on poetry (abhang) by women saints from 13th to 18th century, the play takes a look at how women from an oppressed society take charge of their lives.
A still from Awishkar's Sangeet Bayaa Daar Ughad
The play has been written and directed by Sushama Deshpande, one of the best actors on Marathi stage today.
Through the play, Deshpande discovers the relationship between the women and Lord Vitthal. It was this spiritual relationship that gave the women courage to face life and to understand themselves at a time when they were only considered bhogvastu or objects of physical pleasure.
While feminist movements in the West took shape only towards the end of the last millennia, these women saints had made an attempt to shape their own identity way back in the 13th century.
In the musical, the audience meets eight women Muktabai, Soyrabai, Bahinabai, Nagi, Kanhopatra, Godabai, Viththal, Janabai who tell them stories of Lord Viththal and his influence on their lives.
Deshpande has earned a reputation of working on plays that are steeped in history yet completely relatable so don't get intimidated by the thought of entering a time capsule. Just enjoy the ride.
On October 29, 7 pm
At Sathaye College Auditorium, Dixit Road, Vile Parle (East).