Watch Akshayambara, an experimental play incorporating traditional Yakshagana dance-drama to create a contemporary story that raises questions about female representation and male ownership.

The performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popular Yakshagana plot of Draupadi Vastrapaharana from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. A male artist in streevesha plays the virtuous female Draupadi while in a tradition defying move, a woman is cast as the male Pradhana Purusha vesha of Kaurava. As they move from green room to stage, the boundaries of performance, reality and gender are blurred.

Exploring the conflicts around tradition, gender, power and morality, the play confronts female representation in the male-dominated practice of Yakshagana, a traditional theatre form that has been performed only by men in India for the past 800 years.

Akshayambara was created through personal collisions that playwright and director, Sharanya Ramprakash experienced as a woman in the male dominated art form.

Written and directed by Sharanya Ramprakash

Presented by Dramanon

‘a scintillating performance’
Mumbai Mirror
‘a tour de force … a theatrical piece that leaves a richer and deeper impact on the audience’
The Hindu

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Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 12+

Event information
Performed in Kannada with English subtitles