Hard-hitting theatre, regional Indian food come together at Mumbai performance

Feb 20, 2018, 09:55 IST | Trina Chaudhuri

Hard-hitting theatre and regional Indian food come together in a unique jugalbandi

Alur dum
Alur dum

There's nothing like tucking into delicious food after watching a performance that stirs the senses. And this is exactly what Great Food. Delicious Theatre! hosted by Zubin Driver Theatre in collaboration with home chef Priyadarshini Gupta, intends to do. A performance of two monologues addressing gender issues is set to provoke you and your understanding of the subject, after which you can indulge in a mouthwatering spread of specialties from Bihar and Bengal.

A scene from Striptease
A scene from Striptease

"This is the first time that I have collaborated with my old friend Priyadarshini. What we bring to stage is intimate theatre. So after the performance, we will have a curated discussion with our very small audience. Once, that is done, we can enjoy the wonderful food that'll be on offer," says Zubin Dri­ver, writer and director of the monologues.

Zubin Driver

The monologues, Striptease, performed by Lopamudra Mohanty, and Booby-trapped, performed by Dolly Bose, will talk about body-shaming, sexual and gender freedom within and outside one's house. "It's important that these issues are talked about. And more often than not, after the shows, people from the audience come to me and tell me that similar things have happened to them. These performances create a space and urge people to talk about something that they otherwise cannot," Driver explains.

Priyadarshini Gupta
Priyadarshini Gupta

For Gupta, on the other hand, this gives her an opportunity to do what she loves best and bring it to a gathering which may not be too aware of the cuisines. "Not many are familiar with Bihari cuisine. This is a great platform to boost a culinary tradition that is so diverse and delicious. So from the state, I'll be making makuni, which is their traditio­nal roasted gram flour-stuffed paranthas, and mutton chura, a north Bihar delicacy with slow-cooked mutton that's spiced with coriander and garam masala. Besides, there's the narkeler bora (coconut fritters) and alur dum from Bengal, among others," she explains.

ON: February 25, 12 pm to 13 pm
AT: Bandra Pali Hill, Bandra West.
RSVP: angelzinmak­itche­n­@gmail.com (to book a seat)

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