I went to Ranga Shankara last weekend to see this play called “Bikhre Bimb“. It is directed by Girish Karnad and assistant director KM Chaitanya. Arundhati Nag solo acts and enacts the role of a female Kannada short story writer who suddenly becomes famous after writing a novel in English, post her sister’s death. How her reflection/conscience forces her to reflect and share her story, makes the play.
The play was originally written in Kannada by Girish Karnad. It was then translated into English by him and into Hindi by Padmavati Rao. If you remember those Doordarshan days then you will certainly be able to recall Girish Karnad & Malgudi Days where he played Swami’s father. In recent times, I remember him being in the Nagesh Kukunoor movie Iqbal where he plays the role of a villain-ish cricket coach to perfection. He is also the narrator for some stories in the audiobook series for children Karadi Tales.
My mother and I watched the play and loved it! Once it was over we walked out of the theatre and were waiting for our pick-up – a very cute 2 and 1/2 year old and a handsome grown up *wink. I turn around with that just-looking-around-doing-nothing look and I see Girish Karnad walking about and talking to some friends. I had my camera with me and I approached him. He very graciously and in his soft and modest sounding voice accepts the compliments on directing a very nice play and then smiles to pose with me 🙂
Here is the man himself –
And here is me with him.
I know I know! The shot is blurred and not worthy of being put up on a blog; thanks to a fancy DSLR with settings that need to be changed with every slight environment change unless you are on auto mode. But what the heck? It will be enough to jog my memory 🙂
Nice play though. Try to catch it if you can when it comes up next time.