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The play is a dramatic monologue about a devoted and pious priest who violates both his ‘dharma’ and his ‘bhakti’ because of his love for a courtesan. Torn between his love for his God and his love for Chandravati, between his duty to the king and his duty to his wife, the priest tells the story of his life after matters have come to a head and all his loves and duties collide on a single night. Girish Karnad takes a folk tale about the human condition and refreshes it with a contemporary sensibility that embraces love, loyalty and honour.Flowers brings together some of the best theatre talent from India. It is a unique collaboration of a world renowned director from New Delhi, Roysten Abel, whose plays have traveled all over the globe; the most recognized and lauded playwright of India, Girish Karnad; a national award winning actor, Rajit Kapur; Bangalore’s finest theatre, Ranga Shankara and Bombay’s leading theatre company, Rage.The play premiered as the opening show at the prestigious Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival in Bangalore, India in October 2006. Since then the play has completed over 50 performances in Bombay, Bangalore, New Delhi (opening the prestigious National School Of Drama Festival) and Kolkatta to packed and appreciative audiences.
The way in which the acting, direction and writing aspects come together to transport the audience as far into themselves as out into another magical world, there can be little doubt that Flowers is theatre in its most glorious form.
Pragya Tiwari, Mumbai Mirror
Rajit Kapur’s sterling turn – as the priest who fails his God for love – was a clear high point.
Deccan Herald, Bangalore
The night belongs to Rajit Kapur and Roysten Abel for bringing an incredibly challenging piece of writing from one of our best playwrights to life, in a way that we sit in silence after the performance has ended.
It’s quintessential Karnad at work – take a snippet from the treasure trove of Indian literature, turn a germ of an idea into a conflagration, with rich prose, Indian settings, and, of course, with very Indian sensibilities too.
Smitha Rao, TNN, Bangalore
Rajit Kapur compels total attention through the entire 70 minute length of the monologue. It is an impressive feat.
Shanta Gokhale, Mumbai Mirror
What do you get when you have a confluence of a famous playwright, an award-winning director and actor coming together? A memorable performance called Flowers.
Divya Verma , Mid-day, Mumbai
“I had never lusted for a woman before,” says the priest (Rajat Kapur) in Girish Karnad’s first play written in English.
Suhani Singh, Time Out Mumbai