This Sahitya Akademi Award-winning play is inspired by a Kannada folk tale that narrates the story of a man who exists in a dual form- a prince and a serpent. The duality is a result of his splitting himself into pieces with the hope of producing a female form who would complement him to perfection. The beauty of the plot lies in the surrealism that reflects the conundrums we all face in life- the congruency we strive for between who we are and who we wish to be; who the other is and how we want them to be. Amidst the psychological friction, the prince kills himself by murdering his alter ego- the snake. This mirrors the dissidence that we confront as societal beings wanting to fit in and survive as the best.
Cast & Crew
Prince: Vasudev Menon/Siddanth Venkatesh
Bhagavata: Vaishnavi Sundar
Siri Sampige: Taruna Jamalamadaka
Queen Mother: Sunandha Ragunathan
Jawali: Prateeksha Chandrasekaran
Awali: Shakthi Ramani
Kalinga: Anuradha Venkataraman
Kamala/Lamp-maiden: Chandini Tandon
Elders: Kiran Kumar, Tharini Viswanath,
Bharani/Anees Sultana & Mridula Arjun
"When you talk about an English adaptation of a Kannada play that has already been adapted from a Kannada folk tale, you will need a theatre group with the right background and the tools to interpret the story in the right way. Fortunately for Chennai, the city has that in the form of Theatre Nisha..."
- from The Prince and the Serpent - a review in The New Indian Express.
Chandrashekhara Kambara is a renowned poet, playwright, folklorist, film director and the founder Vice- Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. His writings have earned worldwide praise for their seamless juxtaposition of myth and contemporary lifestyle. He is the recipient of several distinguished awards including the Padma Shri, Jnanpith Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Kabir Samman, Kalidas Samman, and Pampa Award.