EH DAH? QUESTIONS FOR MY FATHER
“Ghetto-Hippie-Arab-Commie-China Doll” Aya was shaped by the eclectic community of New York City. But Aya’s father, an Egyptian-American world-traveler, remained a mystery, as did her Muslim family. In this solo musical, Aya enacts the world she came from and the family she went in search of. With a range of accents, voices, and zany characters, Aya’s story deals with contemporary conflicts – identity, the culture war, Islamophobia, all while asking Eh Dah – what is this?! Eh Dah? Questions For My Father was directed by Arpita Mukherjee and ran as a part of the New York Musical Festival in 2016. It received rave reviews from the New York Times, Theater Mania, Playbill, and Time Out. Eh Dah? won the awards for Best Book and Best Performer at NYMF.
, a Festival for South Asian Performing Arts, had it’s inaugural year in 2016. As the annual celebration of the diverse perspectives, ideas, and imaginations of artists from the South Asian subcontinent and/or who belong to the South Asian diaspora, Tamasha was created by Arpita Mukherjee, Shubhra Prakash (both former chairs of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival), and Nikita Chaudhry to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists of South Asian origin to connect and collaborate. Tamasha 2016 was be held from September 26th to October 2nd, 2016
at Paradise Factory in Manhattan, featuring over 50 different artists from all kinds of artistic backgrounds – stand up, dance, theatre, and music.
An exploration of the life of widows in 20th century Calcutta and one widow in particular, Binodini, who finds herself entangled in a forbidden love triangle. Adapted by Dr. Partha Chatterjee in English from Nobel Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, the story about female desire in the domestic sphere is adapted as a Greek tragedy. Through the conventions of staging tragedy, Hypokrit captures the world of 20th century Bengal as it relates to the world now. With the use of world music and movement by renowned choreographer Rujuta Vaidya, director Arpita Mukherjee presents Tagore’s most daring tale as an alive and present, contemporary work of art. Chokher Bali was presented in rep with Devdas at Theater for the New City in November, 2016.
Set in India’s hyper-competitive reality dance competition world – the story of the two women who coveted both, the main prize and the man. The iconic Indian tale written by Sarat Chandra has had more than 500 adaptations, almost always with a man at the center of it – Devdas – the symbol of love and loss. In this re-imagined version, the story of the tragic hero is told from the point of view of the women that loved him in this ballet set in modern India. Through the use of original music composed by Aalap Desai and innovative Indo-contemporary choreography by star choreographer Swarali Karulkar, Hypokrit Theatre Company brings to the stage the oldest Indian love story, as its never been seen before, where women rule, and love and loss is just a transaction. Devdas was presented in rep with Chokher Bali at Theater for the New City in November, 2016.