By A Correspondent
Shabana Azmi kicks off yet another national tour in the US for her latest theatrical project, Girish Karnad’s Broken Images, directed by illustrious stage personality Alyque Padamsee. Ketki Parikh of Vachikam is the national promoter of the US tour.
The play is dubbed as a psychological thriller that brings out the various truths of the life of a celebrity writer, Manjula. Manjula is not a very successful Hindi short story writer. She suddenly becomes wealthy and internationally famous by writing a best seller in English. The question haunting Manjula is whether in opting for the global audience, has she betrayed her own language and identity? Now, without warning, it’s her own “image,” who decides to play confessor, psychologist, and inquisitor. The play builds up with Manjula torn by various conflicts and ends in a very dramatic fashion.
“The play has just the right ingredients — a script by the acclaimed Girish Karnad, direction by Alyque Padamsee, and acted by the wonderful Shabana Azmi,” says Aroon Shivdasani, executive director of the Indo-American Arts Council. “We are thrilled to be associated with this theatrical tour-de-force.”
Ketki Parikh established Vachikam in 1995 to bring greater awareness and appreciation of the Indian performing arts and culture to audiences in the United States and Canada. Since then, Vachikam has developed the reputation of a premier promoter of Indian theatre and performing arts among audiences and artists alike. Vachikam is committed to presenting the most accomplished artists in high-caliber drama, dance, and musical performances. Vachi-kam strives to present audiences with experiences that showcase the richness of Indian culture and inspire the human spirit. As a national and local promoter, Vachikam showcases the rich and diverse mosaic of Indian theatre by promoting accomplished artists in high-caliber drama, dance, and musical performances. Vachikam also draws upon its extensive network of artists to orchestrate special social occasions for the Indian-American community.