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Vishal Bhardwaj's English Opera will be showcased till 13th May at Le Chatelet theatre in Paris

News Helpline | May, 11 2014

Vishal Bhardwaj, who is busy completing his next venture with Shahid titled Haider was excited like a child to do somthing for the first time. The great music composer, director, writer, singer and much more than that, a creator, was approached by a very presigious theatre of Paris. Yes, Vishal Bhardwaj was invited to direct a play called A Flowering Tree at the prestigious state-owned Chatelet theatre in Paris. Chatelet is one of the biggest and most beautiful theatres in Paris, with its 2,000 seating and a history of 150-year-old performances. 

Vishal Bhardwaj is excited about his debut stage production, as it premiered in Paris this week. 'A Flowering Tree', an opera based on a classic Indian folk tale by famous Kannada writer and scholar A K Ramanujan, will be on at the city's Le Chatelet theatre until May 13.

 A Flowering Tree deals with the theme of redemption through the transformation of the individual and “the emergence of a moral conscience. 

"The story is about a woman, trying to understand her sexuality and going through the various stages of life. It revolves around just three main characters - a prince, a girl called Kumudha, and the narrator. Within that we tried to explore a number of creative elements like using the choir as props and puppets by Dadi Pudumjee. The sets are very minimalist and it is through movements that we are able to convey a sense of space," added the Maqbool director.

The two-act opera was first commissioned as part of the Vienna New Crowned Hope Festival to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth and uses Mozart's 'The Magic Flute' as its model.

Watch the video for behind the scenes of Opera with Vishal.

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