Ten-second takeaway

Coming to the city for the first time, Gauhar is a play based on the life of the legendary musician, Gauhar Jaan.

A sound act

Produced and directed by Lillete Dubey and written by Mahesh Dattani, the play, Gauhar is based on city-based author, Vikram Sampath’s book, My Name is Gauhar Jaan. That in itself is quite a draw, isn’t it? The play, debuting in the city, delves into the life of one of India’s earliest female artistes, Gauhar Jaan, played on stage by actor, Rajeshwari Sachdev and Sufi singer, Zila Khan {portraying two different stages of Gauhar’s life}.

Glimpse of past

The first Indian voice to be recorded on the gramophone {in 1902}, Gauhar’s signature way of announcing “My name is Gauhar Jaan” at the end of the rendition marked her unique presentation style. But it’s not just her professional life that the performance will explore. Drawing from several anecdotes and folklore, the legendary singer’s independent lifestyle and passion for music also find their way into the narrative. Incorporating elements like live singing and musicians, the play promises to be more than just a drama. You will also get a peek into life during that period {early 20th century}, especially from different perspectives – historical, cultural and political.

Where: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, G.D. Park Extension, 2nd Main Road, Malleswaram

When: Thursday, March 17, 7.30pm

Contact: 080 23445810

Price: INR 750 upwards

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