Reinterpreting an episode from the Mahabarhata, Chennai-based Gowri Ramnarayan presents When Things Fall Apart, a tale of lost souls from the Mahabharata. The story focuses on three characters - Dronacharya or Drona, Ashwathama, and Kripi.
What differentiates this play from the regular episodes of Mahabharata, Gowri explains, is that “The play is divided into four scenes, and we all know about Drona, that he was the great mentor. However, my play questions his actions and thoughts. Why does he take the side of Duryodhana? Apart from that, Ashwathama, his son, who was also fond of the Pandavas, winds up on Duryodhana's side. There is something unclear about the father-son duo and also, there is nothing much mentioned about his wife, Kripi. There is just a routine reference or two about her. This gave me an opportunity to create a new character."
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