Bollywood film musician, writer, director Vishal Bharadwaj has been in Paris over the last two months, adapting the AK Ramanujan’s folktale “A Flowering Tree” set to opera by musician John Adams using a theater play directed by American stage director Peter Sellars. Vishal Bharadwaj has had a long association with stage, as he is adapting a third Shakespeare play into a bollywood movie currently, after “Maqbool” and “Omkara”.
Vishal Bharadwaj had to put the editing of his latest movie, “Haider” on hold for this operatic stage show, a first time for him. “A Flowering Tree” is the story of a woman’s journey who discovers herself but loses love soon after. It runs on a theme of redemption through the transformation of the individual and “the emergence of a moral conscience,” as described by musician Adams.
“I am really excited to be stage-directing a choir of 24 great singers with a 100-member philharmonic orchestra on such a prestigious platform. Here, I get a chance to focus just on the purity of the content, there are no external pressures on me like box office, audience appreciation, I am really looking forward to this new experience,” said Bhardwaj before he was going to work on this production.
Puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee, Choreographer Sudesh Adhana, costume designers Gunjan Arora and Rahul Jain worked with him on this production. Ella Fiskum plays the lead role of Kumudha, Adhana plays the alter ego of the Prince. Today will mark the last, fifth outing of the play, which started on the 5th of May at the prestigious Le Chatelet theater in Paris.
Here is a trailer of the play….