written and directed by Sujit Saraf, produced by Soumya Agastya, music by Nachiketa Yakkundi
Kelley Park Amphitheater, 1300 Senter Road, San Jose
September 5 – September 26, 2021
Naatak’s annual musical is set in the sixth century BCE and written entirely in rhyme. The Shakya prince Siddharth leaves his father’s palace, attains enlightenment under a peepal tree to become Buddha, roams the kingdoms of Magadh and Kaushal to persuade the world, and alters the course of human history. The play features an ensemble cast, live music and dance.
With a giant mural for a set, colorful costumes and imaginative props, the play is a visual treat, and a unique outdoor experience in the shade of lush maple and oak trees.
Can you enjoy this play if you do not speak Hindi? Yes. The text of the music (in English), similar to the libretto for an opera, will be provided during the show. Click to see an example.