Dozakh & Mughal Bachcha
Presented by Adakar Theatre & Cutural Group
The two classic short plays Dozakh and Mughal Bachcha are bittersweet stories of a bygone era that capture the plight of women forced to live a life of dependency and suppression within the confines of the domestic world. In Dozakh two old women who seek refuge and joy in each other’s company from their impoverished existence, must face the truth that they cannot live with or without each other – and grapple with the consequences when one of them has to leave.
A tale of proud, beautiful Gori Bi and complex, egotistic Kale Mian, Mughal Bachcha is set against the backdrop of Mughal culture’s fading glory. Among the ruins of Fatehpur Sikri, the lonely Gori Bi spends a lifetime waiting for her husband’s return as her changing fortunes turn her in to a mystery.
Written by legendry feminist writer Ismat Chughtai, these two plays deal with the sometimes-confronting dynamics of age, gender, colour and social status with Chughtai’s signature light-handed, humorous and ironic touch