A clash of ideologies;
A struggle between dreams;
The play of power;
And the Power of Faith
mark the rise and fall of Empires.
This is the story of the Mughal Empire as well.
A dynasty that had risen with a Mongol from Central Asia — Babar — ending the Lodi Dynasty at the Battle of Panipat, and had found its glory under the rule of Akbar, fell with the demise of its Sixth Emperor — Abul Muzaffar Muhi-ud-Din Muhammad Aurangzeb.
A pious Muslim, a strong administrator, an astute conqueror, Aurangzeb, is undoubtedly one of the most controversial of the Indian Emperors. The Mughal Empire spanned its largest in his rule, and yet crumbled to pieces post his demise. “One Nation. One Tongue. One Faith.” was the Aurangzeb vision, and his dream was to see an India united by his vision under his able administration.
While different accounts of history can paint this emperor in different shades and perspectives, written by Indira Parthasarathy in 1974 ‘Aurangzeb’ the play objectively recreates the historical milieu that led to the rise and fall of Aurangzeb.
Cast and crew:
Jahanara: Hemalatha Swaminathan /Sathya
Dara Shukoh: Ganapathy Murugesan
Roshanara: Archna Sharma / Shakthi Ramani
Sultan Mohammad: N Subramanian
Maulvi /Ghulam Mohammad / Guard: Jai Balaji
Malik Jiwan / Guard: Mano
Islam Khan: Barani
Nizabath Khan / Commander: Karthik Gowrisankar
Zulfiqar: Manorangz Venkat
Khalilullah Khan: Bharani
Bahadur Khan / Guard: Sidharth
Written by: Indira Parthsarathy
Design and Direction: V. Balakrishnan
Assistant Director: Roshini Sridhar
Costume Design: Neela Krishnamurti
Set execution: A.B. Charles
Producers: Shivaji Chaturvedi, Prema Sadasivam and T.D.Sundarajan