Trikon – The War Within – a play written by me considering the Mahabharata from the women’s perspective- for a change
I recently wrote a play called “Trikon- the War Within”, based on the Mahabharata, which was very successfully staged in Singapore at the famous Raffles Hotel, Jubilee Hall , for 2 nights in January 2011. Following its immense success, the play is now playing in Bangalore at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall on 8th July and as a Bangalorean myself, I am extremely proud of this achievement.The play includes very talented Bharatnatyam dancers from the Mudrika Foundation in Bangalore and actors from Singapore.
This production of the epic Mahabharata is unique in a number of ways- it is based on extensive research into the thoughts of the key women characters involved in the saga and their interpretations are portrayed through a seamless reverie of drama and dance.
The Mahabharat is the longest Sanskrit epic ever written. The conceptulisation of “TRIKON- The War Within” remains true to the ethos of the original, adapted so that the scenarios and concepts can be understood by the contemporary viewer whilst maintaining the sense of eternal truth.
‘The interpretation is unconventionaly portrayed through the eyes of three female protatganists Kunti, Draupadi and Gandhari and the questions they ask us and themselves.
Combined, they represent the prism of the three major life forces, within us, the Trikon. According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, imbalance of these leads to discord stress and negative thoughts. Rajas (Draupadi) It is the most active of the three forces, characterised by stimulation and motion. Satwa (Kunti), characterized by clarity, is pure and is difficult to be disturbed. Tamas (Gandhari) has qualities of dullness and heaviness.
It is at the centre of this prism that the story begins and also finally ends with the fundamental Trikon of the women, with the imbalance of energies and actions being central to the conflict of the mind and the Battle of Kurukshetra.
Arjuna’s Kurukshetra is perhaps the metaphorical human mind in which the conflicts of ethics, morality and duty are enacted all the time.
It leads us to explore conflicts of kinship and friendship; family loyalty and duty. Not only does it allow us to revisit ancient cultural roots, but also perhaps the roots of our soul.
You can watch some of the play on this web site