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eNatya Chaupal presents "Innocence beheaded: Challenges for a play based on real life brutality"

eNatya Chaupal presents "Innocence beheaded: Challenges for a play based on real life brutality"
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eNatya Chaupal, our unique web hangout for all things theatre, will feature actor-director Shubhrajyoti Barat who along with a few of his actors will share insights into their play SONG OF THE SWAN, in terms of researching it, staging it and producing it.

eNatya Chaupal, our unique web hangout for all things theatre, will feature actor-director Shubhrajyoti Barat who along with a few of his actors will share insights into their play SONG OF THE SWAN, in terms of researching it, staging it and producing it.

The actors may even perform a scene to give you a sense of their work. The play has been inspired by real-life events surrounding the Norwegian actor Hans Christian Ostro, whose life was brutally cut short.


Twenty years ago, the Norwegian actor was beheaded by Kashmiri militants. He had come to India to learn Kathakali and write a play based on the Mahabharata, but a holiday in Kashmir put a cruel stop to all that.

Director Shubhrajyoti Barat had briefly met the young man when the latter had come backstage after one of his plays. That he should see his face in the papers a few days later as a victim of terrorism shook him badly. The incident, he says, stayed with him, and when he opted to turn director by launching Knot Theatre, he decided to tell Hans' story.

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