Adaptations

  • Two stage adaptations of Pavan K. Varma’s poetic narrative Yudhishtar and Draupadi: A Tale of Love, Passion and the Riddles of Existence opened to the audience at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, in 2008. The first was a dance-theatre presentation by Shovana Narayan and Sunit Tandon with stage installations by Naresh Kapuria, and the second, a play directed by Salim Ghouse and performed by the Phoenix Players, Mumbai. Later, these presentations were taken to several other countries. An ambitious musical based on the book is to open later this year in Mumbai, while another dance-music adaptation is to be presented at Samarpana – The Asian Festival of Classical Dance in Singapore in September 2012.
  • Krishna Chandra, a vibrant dance-theatre presentation in Kathak in August 2008 at the India International Centre, New Delhi, by the noted danseuse Uma Sharma and her troupe, was a interactive presentation on Radha with the text based on the choicest lyrics of Vallabhacharya, Jayadeva, Suradas, Vidyapati, Keshav Das and Meera, and liberally interspersed and held together with passages from Pavan K. Varma’s Krishna: The Playful Divine.
  • "Salaam India,” a play directed by noted theatre personality Lushin Dubey and presented the world over since 2009 was inspired by Pavan K. Varma’s Being Indian. The play highlighted the essence of the book of how India is at a turning point of sorts, with its people stepping confidently out of the past into a modern, globalised world, and how Indians have been able to adapt to changed times while keeping in place their cultural moorings and taking pride in their own identity.
  • Paansa, a play written by Gulzar on Mr Varma’s book ‘Yudhisthar and Draupadi’ has been directed by the noted theatre personality Salim Arif, and has been staged to large and appreciative audiences in Mumbai, Delhi and several other cities.