Produced by Indian Ensemble
Written and directed by Abhishek Majumdar
Role Tour Manager
This play is set in the 8th century, in a Matha in a fictional town called Beerpur. It is the time when the Pala kings were ruling the East and large parts of northern India. These kings were Buddhist; Buddhism was at its peak and on the verge of declining. There were mass conversions to Buddhism. The story revolves around this Hindu temple town which is surrounded by Buddhists.
The protagonist is a man called ‘Agnivesh’, a scholar in the Matha. The head of the Matha, ‘Nath Nand’ is soon to retire to the Muktidham to die and achieve salvation.
Nath Nand, who has always separated religion from politics, is faced with a choice. Which of his students shall be his successor? Will it be Yuyutsu, who believes in opening up the doors of the temple for the lower castes? Or Agnivesh, who believes in raising an armed resistance to Buddhism?
Muktidham toured six cities in three weeks in northern India, supported by India Foundation for the Arts and Repertwahr – Jan/Feb 2018