Naatak presents its 42nd production

A play about Greed, Gunpowder, and Gandhism

वन्दे मातरम्!

Theater at San Pedro Square, San Jose, CA
June 7-23, 2013

Written and Directed by Sujit Saraf

Produced by Gopi Rangan

About the Play

Aug 8, 1942: On the day Gandhi launched the Quit India movement in Bombay, a band of rebels met in Patna to plot their own campaign. Led by a University of Colorado trained philosopher, they planned to blow up public buildings and landmarks to sabotage both the Quit India movement and the British Empire. A veteran of World War I was recruited to build bombs; a renegade Congressman provided ideological cover; a couple of businessmen provided money; a restauranteur offered his backyard as a bomb factory. This is the story of their campaign its motivations, flaws, triumphs and failures.

Based on a true story – the Keezhariyur Bomb Case in Malabar, Kerala – Vande Mataram is a lament for Indian nationalism and the absurdity of being an Indian rebel in the 1940s.

Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 120 minutes
Children under 12 will not be admitted


FRI Jun 7, 8 pm^
SAT Jun 8, 2 pm^, 6pm^
FRI Jun 14, 8 pm
SAT Jun 15, 2 pm*, 6pm
SUN Jun 16, 2 pm
FRI Jun 21, 8 pm
SAT Jun 22, 6 pm*
SUN Jun 23, 2 pm


VIP – $35 ($30 for 4 or more tickets)
General – $25 ($20 for 4 or more tickets)


Theater at San Pedro Square,
29 N. San Pedro St.
San Jose, CA 95110

^ The shows on June 7 & 8 will be staged exclusively for AID (Assoc. for India’s Development). For AID shows tickets, click here.
* The 2 pm show on June 15 and 6 pm show on June 22 will be followed by a “QA with the playwright”.

Free Parking
Please park in the San Jose City parking garage located across San Pedro Street from the theater.
At the end of the play, we will validate your parking tickets. Parking without validation is $5 or more. We cannot validate parking for any other parking garage.