Naatak’s 72nd Production

Mela: Dark Tales of Desire

A Collection of Four Short Plays in Hindi & English

Written by Saadat Hasan Manto, Ismat Chugtai, Anush Moorthy and Vikram Ramnarayanan
Directed by Sareeka Malhotra, Anush Moorthy and Vikram Ramnarayanan



Lihaaf (Hindi/Urdu)

Directed by: Sareeka Malhotra
An adaptation of Ismat Chugtai’s short story, Lihaaf deals with the complex emotions of a neglected wife and her insulated and suffocating life in a feudal society, as viewed through the eyes of a young, innocent girl.

Shmashaan (Hindi)

Directed by: Anush Moorthy
Set in the cremation ghats of Benaras, this short play asks the question: to what limits does a man stoop when faced with trying circumstances?

Khol Do (Hindi/Urdu)

Directed by: Anush Moorthy
An adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story, Khol Do offers a peek into the insanity of the India-Pakistan partition.

The Confession (English)

Directed by: Vikram Ramanarayanan
Inspired by real-life events in 2018, The Confession examines the boundaries of forbidden consensual and non-consensual desire, set against the backdrop of the Syro-Malabar Church in Southern India.

Run Time: 100 minutes


Cubberley Theater,
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303



This is the seating chart for Cubberley Theater.
Seats will be assigned at the door (for each category, VVIP, VIP and General) in order of arrival.
Cubberley Theater Palo Alto Seating Chart