June 17-26, 2016
Viking Theatre, Grand View University
2411 East 14th, Des Moines, IA
Shakuntala, tells the story of a young woman, Shakuntala, who is raised in a secluded sanctuary and falls in love with a monarch, King Dushyanta, whom she meets in the forest. Kalidasa is regarded as the greatest Sanskrit poet and dramatist and Shakuntala is considered his masterpiece.
In 1789, it became the first Indian play to be translated into a western language. Shakuntala’s love story has endured through the ages, spreading through Europe and other continents, with adaptations in various languages as dance/dramas and operas – traditional and contemporary.
GDT's innovativeadaptation features a multicultural approach that takes advantage of an ethnically diverse cast by fusing various art forms. Shakuntala is a perfect example of GDT's visiion, which aims at integrating and enhancing the arts scene.
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