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Three Shows (please buy the appropriate date's ticket type only by selecting it in the event checkout page dropdown. Start time is in ticket description):
Sep 27 7 PM
Sep 28 7 PM
Sep 29, 4 PM.
A talented cast of thirty-five actors and dancers.
Original play: D.L.Roy, Translation with added scenes and direction: Subrata Das.
Belmont Town Hall Theater, 455 Concord Avenue, Belmont, Massachusetts, 02478
The Mughal dynasty ruled most of India for over three hundred years, beginning in the early sixteenth century. Shah Jahan, the 5th Mughal emperor after Babur, the 10th direct male descendant of Timur, and the 18th descendant of the female line of Genghis Khan, was crowned in 1628 and subsequently ruled India for over three decades.
Emperor Shah Jahan had fourteen children with his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal but seven of them died at birth or at a very young age. Mumtaz died while giving birth to their youngest daughter, Gauhara Begum. The Emperor was devastated by her death. He mourned deeply, and decided to build the monument to love and in her memory which we know today as the Taj Mahal.
The Emperor’s eldest son Dara was a loving husband and devoted son, and was avowedly secular and philosophical with much respect for all religions, mastering both the Quran and the Upanishads equally. The second son Suja was considered to be Emperor-quality and was deeply in love with his wife Piara. Aurangzeb, the third son, was a devout Muslim and quite politically shrewd. Murad, the impetuous youngest son, was the “black sheep” of the family and loved women and alcohol. Jahanara, the eldest of all siblings, took the place of Mumtaz as the first lady of the empire as per the wish of her dying mother. The girls of the dynasty could not marry, as was decreed by the law of Emperor Akbar, the paternal grandfather of Shah Jahan.
The Emperor sent Suja to rule the land of Bengal, Aurangzeb to rule the south, and Murad to rule the land of Gurjar. Dara stayed with his father in Agra as next in line to be Emperor. The brothers do not want to accept this situation, and become rebellious.
The frail emperor, gradually losing control over his empire, sends forces to various parts of Hindustan under Dara’s command. The emperor struggles with the opposing forces of his love for his sons and his duty as the Emperor to crush the rebels. Will he succeed in his attempts?
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