About The Show

Translated and Adapted into an Indianized context, the play ‘Ollantay’ is set in the town of Cusco, which is located in the Southern-Eastern part of Peru. The play revolves around the character of Ollantay, a brave Incan Warrior, who serves under Pachacútec, the Inca of Cusco. He finds himself in an uncompromising situation where he must choose between his love and his duty. Little did Ollantay know that the choice he makes will affect the lives of everyone around him and disrupt the balance of society.

 

This play takes a deep dive into concepts such as Patriarchy and Social Class Division, and other themes such as Love, Betrayal and Pride. This play takes on the narrative structure of an Epic, depicting the premises on which the Incan Culture was built. It likens itself to the Indian Sub-Culture and how these concepts have existed in the Indian, as well as, Incan Society for centuries. ‘Ollantay’ is a harrowing tale about how the social construct plays a crucial role in every choice that one makes.

About The Project

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Creative Team

Additional Credits & Directors Notes

We would like to acknowledge Thespo Audio-Torium, a creative laboratory that encourages audio dramas by emerging theatre-makers, for the role it played in the early days of the project.

 

We would also like to thank Vivek Madan, Arghya Lahiri, Toral Shah, Nipun Dharmadhikari, Srishti Ray, Neel Chaudhuri, Varoon P. Anand, Nadir Khan for the feedback they shared on the early draft of the project. 

We would like to thank Sahith Krishna (Product & Brand Manager), Gayatri Krishnamoorthy (Head of Marketing) and the team at Exotel for supporting this project through their valuable support and guidance.

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Nikie Bareja

Performer

Nikie Bareja is an artist based out of Delhi, currently pursuing her Post Graduate Diploma in FTII, Pune. She is also a trained Kathak dancer who graduated from St. Stephen’s College in 2019, where she acted and directed productions for the collegiate group The Shakespeare Society that went on to be showcased at the Indian Habitat Centre as part of the Old World Collegiate Theatre Festival, the Shakespeare Society of India as well as Insituto Cervantes. 

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Raghav Seth

Co-Director, Performer

Raghav Seth is a BA Graduate in Theatre Studies, English and Psychology from CHRIST (Deemed to be University). He is trained in Western Theatre and has also developed a skill for voice acting. He also sings, writes poetry, and has recently got into rapping and film-making. He is a firm believer in growing in his fields and becoming better in his craft! He is a Creative Project Manager at Kaivalya Plays, working extensively across their improv offerings.

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Gaurav Singh

Technical & Editing

Gaurav Singh is a theatre-maker, improviser and arts manager whose artistic practice investigates live performance and audience-performer interactivity using technology and distanced composition. He is currently based in London where he is studying at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is the General Manager at Kaivalya Plays (India) and the Communications Manager at The Nursery Theatre (UK). He received the prestigious Chevening India Scholarship (2020) as well as the Gender Bender (2019) grant. 

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Vanshika Verma

Performer

Vanshika is an aspiring actor in love with the gritty world of theatre and a student who is currently pursuing a degree in Hons. English at University of Delhi. She currently works with Kaivalya Plays and El Clavileño - India’s only Spanish theatre group, and has acted in plays like “El cadaver del señor Garcia” and “Marta la piadosa” and and“ Funes el memorioso”.

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About Kaivalya Plays

 

Kaivalya Plays is a Delhi-based collective of independent theatre practitioners led by Varoon P. Anand as its Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh Nijjer as General Manager.

 

Since 2012, Kaivalya Plays has brought works by many Latin American authors to the Indian stage and has frequently collaborated with institutions like Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi and the Embassies of Argentina, Spain and Ecuador in India. They have adapted and staged texts by Julio Cortazar (Goodbye Robinson), Jorge Luis Borges (El Aleph, Blue Tigers, The Sand Book, Funes the Memorious), Pablo Palacio (A Man Kicked To Death), Alvaro Desleal (Luz Negra) and Griselda Gambaro (Say Yes).

Ollantay is their twelvth theatrical project with its roots in Latinamerican arts and culture.

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About Embassy of Peru in India

 

Kaivalya Plays is partnering with the Embassy of Peru in India with whose support and guidance this project has been made possible.

The Embassy of the Republic of Peru in India is a strong bond of communication between the Peru Government and India. It functions as the official representative of the Embassy of the Republic of Peru in India in India. India and Peru been around on the exact page past few decades. 

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Ollantay

A revival of the greatest literature piece in Incan origin, translated from the original Quechua language into Hindi.

Presented by Kaivalya Plays.

Supported by Embassy of Peru in India.

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