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A woman of many shades…

DNJAI33912 | 7/3/2012 | Author : After Hrs Correspondent | WC :298

…14 to be precise! That is the number of roles Aishveryaa Nidhi will perform on stage on Tuesday, to share with Jaipur the story of Gandhari

Even for a veteran who has been performing on stage for decades, essaying 14 characters from Mahabharata is no mean feat! But this is exactly how Aishveryaa Nidhi hopes to bring out the pathos of the life of legendary Gandhari in her solo play Gandhari on Tuesday. The play, which will be staged at JKK, has been directed by Arvind Gaur.
“Even today, women are held responsible for the upbringing of their children, and it is said that had Gandhari kept her eyes open she could have been able to stop the Maha Yudhha,” says Nidhi, explaining the question the drama hopes to raise.
However, Gandhari who was forced to marry a much older and blind Dhritrashtra had consciously chosen to literally not see the corruption, which prevailed around her. Her fundamental rights as a woman had been violated, and there wasn’t much she could do to reclaim them. So, she found strength in her silence. Nidhi, who is a Sydney-based actor, writer, director and film-maker finds stage far more fulfilling than films. “Theatre builds up one’s personality, it gives one self-confidence. And, the real satisfaction for an actor lies in connecting with a live audience. That doesn’t happen in movies,” says Nidhi, who swears by the accuracy ‘the no retakes medium’ teaches a performer.
Nidhi received a nomination for best Actress at Short & Sweet, a Sydney festival dedicated to 10-minute plays for her performance in a play called Mandragora in 2009. The thespian, who now runs an institute called Abhinay School of Performing Arts in Sydney, has also appeared in a cameo in Ranbir Kapoor’s Bachna Ae Haseeno! Her principal aim, however, remains to promote Indian arts in Australia. After Jaipur, she will stage Gandhari in Udaipur on July 4, and in Mumbai on July 15.

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