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Toye by Jyoti Dogra
7 November 2016 | 7:30 PM onwards
Toye, sanskrit word for water, is a devised piece that examines the actors’ body in performance. Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Varsha is the starting point of this exploration. Agni aur Varsha, inspired by a tale from the Mahabharata, is a saga of ambition, revenge and the politics of power and caste, set in the back drop of a seven-year drought and seven-year long sacrificial fire, aimed at pleasing the Gods to end the drought.
The play begins with a family feud, where in Yavakri consumed with love for Vishakha, his childhood sweetheart and wife of his arch rival, sets out to destroy her entire family. His ambition and thirst for power is met with equal force and violence by Pravasu, Vishakha’s husband and his uncle.