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Toronto: Why Not Theatre gives a sneak peek into “The Bhagavad Gita Opera” on November 29

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Earlier this month, the Canadian Opera Company (COC) hosted members of the Mahabharata creative team to develop our Bhagavad Gita opera, adapted by Ravi Jain and Miriam Fernandes, translated by Sharada Eswar, and composed by John Gzowski and Suba Sankaran. The opera will be featured in Part 2 of Mahabharata, "Dharma: The Life We Choose."

A warm thank you to the COC for welcoming us to their beautiful rehearsal space at 227 Front St. E and providing us with resources to gather and rehearse safely! We are overjoyed to be able to welcome you into the development process of the Bhagavad Gita opera. The exclusive workshop video will be premiered at JLF Toronto 2020 this Sunday.

Join us for a conversation with famed mythologist, author, and illustrator Devdutt Pattanaik and theatre artists and writers Ravi Jain and Miriam Fernandes for a deep dive into the world of the Mahabharata through the lens of Jain and Fernandes’ stage adaptation of the ancient text. The conversation will speak to the relevance and importance of these myths in our modern world and how these epic stories can help us unpack the chaos around us. Why Not Theatre’s new theatrical adaptation of the Mahabharata takes a modern twist on the ancient Indian epic, with the session also providing a sneak peek into the process of creating the show as well as its Bhagavad Gita mini-opera. 

The session begins Sunday November 29 at 11:00 AM EST.

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The event is 100% free, register above to receive a link to our live talk and the other sessions during the festival. Click here to view the festival programme.