Two Texts in Solitude - Sat, Oct 1 @ 3:30pm

Two Texts in Solitude - Sat, Oct 1 @ 3:30pm

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Saturday, October 1st at 3:30 pm in the Downstairs Theatre of Paradise Factory

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Among the Hindi writers of his generation Nirmal Verma probably had the closest affinity to Europe and European literature. Decades before exile and alienation became a standard topic of successful Anglo-Indian literature, Verma explored the situation of an Indian in Europe and incorporated techniques and influences of modern European literature into Hindi fiction. Some of his best stories are reflections of the state of Europe after World War II as seen by an outsider. He is also the most translated Hindi author abroad.

In an effort to introduce Verma to the new audience, we present two of the three monologues from his creation, "Teen Ekant"- three stories of solitude-a collage of three monologues.

His world of fiction is all about evening shadows looming over silent cemeteries, of white winter snow outside and freezing hearts inside, of self-exiled men and alienated women who don't believe in changing the world but opt to cocoon themselves in a private universe of their own.

Dhoop ka ek Tukda (in Hindi)

Directed by Manoj Tiwari, Performed by Suma Muralidhar.

Inch & 1/2 Above the Ground (An adaptation of Dedh Inch Upar, in English)

Directed by Mitushree Tiwari Raphael, Performed by Sushil Rattan.


An avid theater buff, Suma Muralidhar has been involved in theater since childhood, primarily as an actor. Since her move to the U.S. in 1979, she has played the leading role in over 20 plays in English, Hindi and Kannada- plays written by renowned playwrights from India as well as contemporary Indian American playwrights. Some of memorable roles she has portrayed include Padmini in Karnad’s “Hayavadan,”Sharmishta in “Yayaati, “ Vishaaka in “Bin Baatee Ke Deep,” Sarita in Tendulkar’s “Kamala,” Sundari in “In the Shadow of Buddha,” Seema in “The Quest,” for which she also co-wrote the script, Raja in “Maayavi Sarovar,” Sonal in Dattani’s, “Where There’s a Will,” Shaarika in “Taconic Parkway,” and Savitri in “Aadhe Adhure,” under the direction of the renowned director, Amol Palekar. In addition to acting, Suma has also produced several plays. She directed her first full-length play, “RON,” in 2010. Suma has been a member of Natya Bharati , a premier theater group in the DC area since its inception (>30 years), served as Vice-President for two terms, and President (2006-2009). She currently serves on the Board of Trustees. With the intention of combining her passion for theater with her interest in philanthropy, she co-founded Sahara Group and raised funds for several charities in India and the U.S. through the medium of performing arts. Says Suma, “Being on stage makes me come alive and connect with my source like nothing else. Theater has been a source of joy and strength to me through the thick and thin of my life.”

Sushil Rattan has been a long time theater enthusiast since his teen years. He is a member of NATYA BHARATI the oldest Indian theater group in USA. He has performed in several plays under very well-known theater directors from India. Some of his notable plays include Girish Karnad’s HAYAVADAN, Vijay Tendulkar’s PASINA-PASINA, Mohan Rakesh’s ADHE ADHURE, Mahesh Elkunchwar’s HOLI, and Sudipta Bhowmik’s TACONIC PARKWAY. He has acted in a few short films and a Doordarshan TV serial as well but his first love remains the stage.

With 20 years of theater background, to include acting and production, Mitu Tiwari Raphael stepped into the role of playwright and director last spring. Her first directorial creation was exhibited and critically acclaimed at the Natya Bharati Theater Festival. Her creative vision is to transport the audience from dark theaters to spaces that awaken the senses.

Manoj Tiwari discovered his interest in theater in his early childhood but has been truly active since 1989 with Natya Bharati and other local organizations in the DC area. He has acted in several plays and a few short films, and has directed several plays as well. His most recent ventures include Taconic Parkway, Jaati Hi Poochho Sadhu ki, Aadhe Adhure.