Delhi's Kamani Auditorium is set to host "Ananda: Eyes of the Healer”, a musical drama, directed by Muzaffar Ali, written and produced by Nelofar Currimbhoy. The play features choreography by Shivani Varma and Aneesha Grover, dances performed by the Jyotsna Shourie dance company and narration by Kabir Bedi on the 26th and 27th of October.
"Ananda: Eyes of the Healer" marks Nelofar Currimbhoy’s venture into the world of theater, showcasing her ability to craft narratives that resonate with the human soul. Muzaffar Ali, serves as both the composer and director, infusing the play with his keen eye for detail and deep understanding of classical and contemporary art forms. His innovative approach includes surreal projections, combining imagery from his paintings with real-life landscapes, creating a visually stunning experience for the audience. Kabir Bedi’s voice lends an unparalleled richness to the storytelling, captivating audiences from start to finish.
Muzaffar Ali’s musical compositions, combined with traditional pieces by Amir Khusro performed ,will create a timeless musical atmosphere. The synergy between visuals and music will immerse the audience into Ananda’s world.
"It has been the most enriching experience of my life to work with Muzaffar Ali and Kabir Bedi. Art flourishes when given the freedom to breathe; their contributions have brought Ananda's story to life in ways that words alone cannot express." - says Ms Nelofar Currimbhoy, the writer and producer of the play.
The play's theme and storyline depict the journey of Ananda, a passionate young seeker challenging accepted boundaries, traversing the spiritual universe in search of a deeper meaning to life. His 'tapasya' is rewarded with healing powers, elevating him to the status of a messiah. His encounters with Maya, a devoted queen, lead to an extraordinary love story filled with deep emotions.
Ananda's quest for meaning in life unveils his remarkable healing powers, turning him into a beacon of hope. The play captures his struggles, his unwavering love for Maya, and the challenges that test his character. Maya's unconditional devotion transforms their connection into a timeless love story, highlighting the purity of their bond.
Ananda’s tale is brought to life by Rudra Soni, renowned television actor and Diana Volokhova, a dancer from Vrindavan. Sandeep Soparkar, named one of the '100 most influential dancers in the world,' brings the character of Dharma, the priest, to life. The play's director, Muzaffar Ali, known for his attention to detail, has created a mesmerizing musical backdrop, complemented by Kabir Bedi's compelling narration.
As the final act concludes in "Ananda: Eyes of the Healer," Nelofar Currimbhoy, the creative force behind the play, says "In Ananda, I have not created a play; I am working to create an experience—a beautiful experience that will be felt and remembered by the viewer."
About the Director
Muzaffar Ali is an Indian filmmaker, fashion designer, poet, artist, cultural revivalist, and social worker. He is serving as both the composer and director, infusing the play with his expertise in classical and contemporary art forms. His innovative approach includes surreal projections, combining imagery from his paintings with real-life landscapes, creating a visually stunning experience for the audience.
About the Writer and Producer
Nelofar Currimbhoy, a celebrated author and President of the Shahnaz Husain Group of Companies, unveils her theatrical debut with "Ananda: Eyes of the Healer." The play is an adaptation of her book, showcasing her talent for weaving stories. Through this theatrical venture, Nelofar showcases her ability to transform words into immersive experiences, captivating audiences with her storytelling magic.
About the Narrator
Kabir Bedi OMRI is an Indian actor. His career has spanned three continents covering India, the United States and especially Italy among other European countries in three media: film, television and theater .His narration skillfully brings the characters to life, adding a rich layer of intensity and authenticity to this captivating theatrical experience.
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