Curated by Ranjana Dave
An excerpt from the Indian epic Ramayana, Adishakti’s Bali is a retelling of the various events that led to the battle between Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha and Ram, the King of Ayodhya and eventually, the death of Bali. Here, the writer has tried to explore the notion of right or wrong through its various characters, while steering clear of any subjective influences. Through this play, we explore how one evaluates this notion and, how it can change when each and every character is given an opportunity to voice thoughts and opinions. The play weaves multiple stories through the point of views of Bali, Tara, Sugreeva, Angadha, Ram and Ravan and talks about how each of them make decisions and take actions based on the ethics that define their lives. The play gives its audience a space for introspection, to take a step back and detach ourselves from our dominant ideologies and rigid identities to understand different perspectives. Will relativism answer our questions? Where do we draw the lines? We leave it to you to decide.