Shikhandi is perhaps one of the earliest trans-characters known in mythology. Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge an insult in her past life as Amba. But the bigger karmic game unfolds when she is reborn female, raised male, has a sex change (thanks to a yaksha) on her wedding night when she runs away into the forest, and finally fulfils her destiny – to be the cause of Bhishma’s death. A comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of Shikhandi, mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the play questions maleness, femaleness and everything in between.
The play was runner-up at the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2016. Shikhandi was also awarded Best Play at the Laadli Media Awards 2017.
Written and Directed by Faezeh Jalali
Starcast of The Play
Meher Acharia Dar
This play will be showcased as a part of ‘The Sabhagar Theatre Festival 2018’ organised by Centre Stage Creations on 25th March , 2018 at the G D Birla Sabhagar.