A play By Nishi Chawla
NISHI CHAWLA's fourth play, DRAUPADI'S ARRANGED MARRIAGE, uses one of the well-known women figure's life to examine the institution of arranged marriage. Draupadi has been considered a rather unfortunate but fascinating character in the Indian epic, The Mahabharata. Several different versions and interpretations concerning her character and her personality have been associated with her. Nishi Chawla’s play takes excerpts from the story of Draupadi as known to everybody and adds imaginative sequences that bring out the real essence of the association between Draupadi and modern women. The subtle re-rendering and juxtaposition makes the play an imaginative retelling of crucial episodes from Draupadi's life. Draupadi was doomed to marry five brothers, and in the dramatic exchange between Draupadi and her five husbands, Nishi Chawla hopes to explore the dynamics of marriage as an economic and social barter system where the role of romantic love is either diminished or interrogated.
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