Divided Together


Adapted and directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti

Nitery Theater in the Old Union, March 8, 10, 2013

Excerpt from Stanford University: Drama Graduate Student Showcase (link)

"Two friends there were – one mind, one heart."  The two men are best of friends till both of them fall in love with the same woman, Padmini, and one of them marries her. She is in love with her husband’s mind, and the other man’s body. In an act of sacrifice, the two men chop off their heads in a temple to the Goddess Kali. When the Goddess graciously gives her the chance to rejoin the heads, Padmini mixes them up. Who is Padmini’s husband now – the man with the husband’s body, or the one with his head?

Interwoven with this dramatic story is the myth of a boy with the head of a horse who struggles to rid himself of his animal head. Structured as a play within a play, this production is about the worlds of humans, animals, and Gods united in their search for completeness, and the price they may have to pay for the possibility of its attainment.



Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


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