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Description- The 14th century was a period of bloody conquest, fierce battles, heinous mass rape, blood, loot, expanding empire, strategy, valor and violence. It was also a period when the seeds of harmony were sown through the Sufi mystic poetry of Amir Khusrau. This play is based on some fascinating and provocative historical incidents that take place towards the end of the Khilji empire after Rani Padmini, Ratan Singh and Alauddin Khilji have played their roles. This little-known series of events could, in fact, constitute the very first Indian War of Independence. Court historians Amir Khusrau and Zia ud din Barani, record the facts (and some fiction) around the characters of Alauddin Khilji, his sons, and a group of Gujarati slaves who have risen to very high positions in the court namely Malik Kafur, Kamala Devi, her daughter Deval Devi and eunuchs Hasan and Husamuddin.

The play works on two timelines the early 14th century and the present day.

Bloodlust is a searing and thought-provoking play, which depicts the effects of war, of violent rape on women, exposes the blinkered colonial vision through which we view our own history, and yet is also a tender love story between men and women who have been ravaged by violence and bloodshed.

Starring Nisa Shetty as Kamala Devi, Zorian Cross as Amir Khusrau, Vikalp Mudgal as Zia ud din Barani, Vidur Mohan as Malik Kafur along with other members of the Akshara Repertory.

Directed by Anasuya Vaidya and Jalabala Vaidya.


Date- 3 – 4 March, 6:30 Pm

Venue- Akshara Theatre: Delhi,
Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Near Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi, NCR 110001, India