Cast :  Sudheer Rikhari Ridhima Bagga Mohammad Faheem


By MTG editorial

Every artist has a journey. A journey of an endless search. A journey filled with ups and downs, acceptance and rejection, pain and dissatisfaction. The play "Tansen" explores this journey through the life of legendary Tansen. What was it that made him the greatest musician and what was his search till the end of his life?

The play begins with a dilemma about "Ibadat" and "Ishq". What is worship and what is love? Is love the search of a destination or is it losing your own self in that search? Are worship and love two sides of the same coin? Every person, especially an artist, comes across a point in life when he finds it difficult to decide whether he has achieved what he wanted or should he continue the search. And when he feels that he has achieved what he wanted, can he grow further? Also, can an artist feel liberated when he expects something in return from his search?

The play "Tansen" explores these basic questions of every artist. The intention is to talk about the dilemmas of an artist and explore the factors that make him/her feel liberated and also what makes an artist feel caught in his own emotions, expectations and pride. "Tansen" is not only a documentation of Tansen's life but also a parallel search of an artist that is never ending.

The performance aspect of the play consists of three major elements of performing arts namely music, dance and drama which are blend together to say the story. The play also focuses on the journey of Hindustani classical music from its origin where it was performed in the form of "Dhrupad" till today's "Khayal Gaayaki". Therefore, it includes live music ranging from Dhrupad, Qawwali, Hori to Khayal Gaayaki along with live instruments.

The play has been staged over sixty times in a period of two years across India and abroad and has won the hearts of the audiences and critics.

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