March 19, 2014

The Djinns of Eidgah at the PEN World Voices International Theatre Festival

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We are very excited to partner with The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center to present a reading of Abhishek Majumdar’s play The Djinns of Eidgah as part of this year’s World Voices: International Play Festival.

Abhishek Majumdar is an Indian playwright and the Artistic Director of The Indian Ensemble in Bangalore. The Djinns of Eidgah was produced last fall by London’s Royal Court Theatre, and had its premiere at the Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.  Mr. Majumdar will direct the reading for the World Voices Festival.

The Djinns of Eidgah provides rare insight into the ongoing conflict in the Kashmir Valley.  Mr. Majumdar describes the region as “The most militarized place on this planet, [with] 800,000 Indian Soldiers, which is more than the number of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan put together.  It is perhaps the only place which is part of the budgets of 3 countries: India, China and Pakistan.”The titular Djinns refer to the legendary spirits of Islam that assume human or animal form and exercise supernatural influence over people. Interweaving real life accounts with Islamic storytelling traditions, the play paints a stark but magical portrait of a generation of radicalized children against a beautiful landscape lost to conflict.

Join us for the reading and a post-show discussion with Mr. Majumdar on April 30th at 7:30pm at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. This and all other readings for the PEN World Voices: International Play Festival are free and open to the public (first come, first serve).

For more information on PEN World Voices, visit their website and see the full schedule of readings for the Festival.

Author: buzzadmin
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