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ioc Misses Picea eat Siete B ae SCO Mn Sarg PAC eer Reiter ta About the play The figure of Tipu Sultan has continued to dominate Indian and British imagination for over two centuries, as the endless flow of scholarly works, ballads, plays, and novels about his tempestuous life and tragic end. However, what is less well known is that, Tipu Sultan, spent a large part of his life on horseback, maintained a record of his dreams, which he kept concealed from his i nearest associates, Tipu Sultan Ke Khwaab examines i the inner life of this warrior, political visionary and | dreamer. The English version of this play was | | | commissioned by the BEC and broadcast in Britian on the fiftieth anniversary of Indian Independence. ‘Tipu Sultan, one ofthe most politically perceptive & tragic figures in modern \} Indian history fascinated many playwrights for his bravery & courage in i] fighting against the British during the 18" century. He is known for a series, of spectacular battles in & around the present day Kamataka. The play presents Tipu Sultan refracted through history in a different Perspective - that of independent India and rescues him from distorted colonial perceptions. More importantly, the play is in a collective sense a reclamation of history; a truth too close to our heartsl! Ofall the Kannadigas | who have achieved national eminence in the last four centuries Tipu Sultan | | \ stands out unparalleled both for his vision & valour. ‘This play was earlier staged in English as well as Kannada by different ‘theatre groups, but this is the first time an attempt is being made to stage it, in Hindustani, ie, Hindi & Urdu with a touch of our own Deccani as Tipu Sultan was born in Devanahalli near Bangalore. The purpose of staging this play is to highlight the achievements & struggles of Tipu Sultan and his immense contribution towards our motherland. Our play is a magnum opus produced on a large scale with 25 live actors on stage with period costumes, realistic make-up & specially designed props with an intricate light & sound design. This is truly a theatre extravaganza tobehold! Our Playwright... Girish Karnad Girish Karnad, World Theatre Ambassador of the International Theatre Institute, Paris (ITI), was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. Apart from his work in theatre, he has directed and acted in films. He has served as Director, Film and Television Institute of India; Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademy (the National Academy of the Performing Arts); and Director, The Nehru Centre, London. He was Visiting Professor and Playwright-on-Residence at the University of Chicago. The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis in the US and the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester in the UK, have been among the theatres that commissioned him to write for them. He has been honoured with Padma Bhushan and was conferred the prestigious Jnanpith Award.