13th META | Shikhandi: The Story of the In-Betweens
Shikhandi, a character from the Mahabharata, is perhaps one of the earliest trans-genders known in mythology. Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge an insult in her past life as Amba. But she is reborn female, raised male, has a sex change on her wedding night when she runs away into a 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, and was also awarded the Laadli Media Award for Best Play in 2017.
Director: Faezeh Jalali
Producer: NCPA in association with FATS TheArts
Kamani Auditorium, Delhi
1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India