Regaining Paradise: Bangalore Mirror on Gasha (Dec 4th 2012)

Regaining paradise
Set in turmoil-stricken Kashmir, Gasha tells the compelling tale of two youth
By Gita Dutt
Posted On Tuesday, December 04, 2012


A beautiful lake with a boat gently sailing into the horizon, houses and vegetation, a pair of deer dancing in synchronised harmony and three packed suitcases. These are the images that mark the striking poster of Abhishek Majumdar’s latest play Gasha. Majumdar, one of Bangalore’s most prolific writers and directors, has come to be recognised for his work on fractured realities, undefined relationships and the lives of people in areas of conflict. Majumdar’s work has also been showcased in different parts of the country and the world. Some of his most recent works have centered around Kashmir, and this is the third in the series of what he calls ‘the Kashmir trilogy’. (The earlier two are Rizwan and Djinns of Eidgah). In recent times, Kashmir has come back into the collective imagination of the mainstream India. As for art, it has always functioned well with Kashmir in the backdrop, whether in Rushdie’s novels like Shalimar the Clown or in alternative films like Harud, directed by Aamir Bashir. What is interesting is the new narrative that has emerged in recent times in exploring Kashmir through art.

Gasha is the story of two young boys who build their own world even as they are surrounded by strife. They create for themselves a secure, beautiful world in a shed on an island in the middle of a lake at a time when everything around them is falling apart and disintegrating. This story is set off by “two whimsical narrators” who, 20 years later, try to reconstruct what happened all those years ago. According to the makers of the play, “Gasha is an account of the fractured friendship between two boys, a Kashmiri Pandit and a Kashmiri Muslim and their need to affirm their story.”
What Majumdar has excelled in creating in the last few years is a ‘theatre of collaboration’, a coming together of sorts of actors, musicians and writers to work together on ideas and create new theatre. And this ‘coming together’ has gone beyond Bangalore’s small theatre community. Majumdar wrote Harlesden High Street that was finally directed by Neel Choudhury from New Delhi. With Gasha, the collaboration goes a step further. The play has been brought to life by well-known Marathi playwright Irawati Karnik.
Subhashim Goswami is on board as a ‘dramaturg’ in a play that has been devised over a period of time with actors and other collaborators. Also in the team is well-known artist Payal Wadhwa as scenographer. Most devised plays (even if written) have an episodic quality that do not necessarily tie in together as a whole. This is where dramaturgy and scenography come in and create a whole from fractions that may or may not tie in together.
Gasha has been performed by well-known Bangalore-based actor Sandeep Shikhar and Mumbai actor Adhir Bhat. Music has been composed by Abhijeet Pakrashi and costumes are by Divya Jain. Gasha, although third in the Kashmir series, is an independent play about the lives of two friends and should be thus viewed.


SYNOPSIS: A story of two young boys in Kashmir and what makes for humanrelationships in times of strife.
PRODUCED BY:Riad Mahmood Arts and Education Foundation and Indian Ensemble
PLAYWRIGHT: Irawati Karnik
DIRECTED BY: Abhishek Majumdar
DATES: December 7 and 8.
TIME: Dec 7, 7:30 pm; Dec 8 -3:30 and 7:30pm
VENUE: Alliance Francaise, Bangalore
BOOKING: 9886324733
One Response to “Regaining Paradise: Bangalore Mirror on Gasha (Dec 4th 2012)”
Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] recent prominent work includes Bejoy Nambiar’s film David and Abhishek Majumdar’s play Gasha. He will soon be seen in a principle part in the Indian version of 24 (TV […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: