As a part of 'Jaya Utsav'
Entry Free
About the Play:
Extracted from the life of the epic characters of the Mahabharata, Bheemaparvam is the tragedy of Bheema, the second of the Pandava brothers, who gains, through the author's ironic undertones, a new psychological depth. It ceases to become the story of supernatural heroes: it is a story of the life of ordinary human beings, fated to live in exile and destined to sail through the ocean of innumerable worries. Bheemaparvam forces us to ask the serious questions that we brush aside while viewing the Pandavas’ journey to success. It is an attempt to read between the lines and explain the pregnant silences of the Mahabharata. It ruptures the binaries of good and evil, success and failure etc. All the characters here have their own complex shades. The manipulation prowess of Kunti backed by the political mastermind Vidura, the self-imposed, almost fake justness of Yudhishthira, the tribal innocence of the Kattalas etc. exemplify this. All these are depicted through the memories of Bheema during the Mahaprasthan. The text ends with the realization of Bheema that it is not the heavens that one needs but the world he is leaving behind. He then turns back and steps down from the lofty peaks to the valley seen far below, leaving behind his dear ones. To visualise the epic world through modern theatre techniques is a highly experimental project. Bheemaparvam makes very important suggestions to the unspoken but implicit polyphony within the Mahabharata. By looking from the viewpoint of tragical Bheema, the script not only de-centres the heroes but also opens up the many worlds that they simultaneously represent. Bheema thus appears as a rajasa character, led by primeval tribal connections. Why did his heart cry when the Kattala woman and her five sons were burnt alive in the house of wax? His love and marriage to Hidimbi, and his son Ghatotkacha deepen these connections… Kunti’s revelation to Bheema, who is curious about his lineage, about the ‘forest man who came like a hurricane’ brings him to the realization that ‘the demonic other’ resides not elsewhere but in one’s very self. All these sculpt the character of Bheema in profound complexity. Bheemaparvam encompasses the ancient and modern psycho-social worlds at once. The play makes use of traditional art forms with modern theatrical designs and presents magnificent visual and musical experience.

Date 2/18/2011 Time 18:30 Venue I.G.N.C.A Directed Samkutty Pattomkary