Ek Durachari Raja
1.5 hrs
June 11, 2022 8:00 pm Saturday

The play, directed by Swapan Mondal, is about a king who, stricken by the sudden death of his beloved sister, Apurupa, ponders over the futility of existence. His meditations on the eternal mystery lead him to consider his position of limitless powers. He is the monarch of the world, but, deranged by sorrow, he strives to control the universe, to make impossibilities come true. He yearns to possess the moon, to blend the sky and the sea and discover the secrets of the dead. His experiments are those of an insane sadist. He orders executions and torture without reason, to defy logic and sense.

The play remains universally relevant. It represents the face of contemporary despotism, not only in terms of the whimsical madness of rulers, but also in terms of how people react to such rule with a glimmer of hope for the future.

Shudrka Hyderabad, an amateur theatre group based in the twin city of Hyderabad-Secunderabad, has been performing plays in Hindi, Bangla and Telugu since 2004. Some of our major productions are a multi-lingual play titled Oka Anokha Roopkatha Chalk Circle; Kinu Kahar Ka Thitre, Totha Bole, Kissa Andher Nagri Ka, Ek Shaam Premchand Ke Naam in Hindi; Aajir, Ek Soirachari Rajar Katha, Sararattir, Gadha Kahini in Bengali, Mandi Kosam, Gaddi Karchina Desham and Rakshasudi Thota in Telugu.