The one-woman English play, Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace, is the story of an orphan Khatija, who marries into the Karmali household and grows up to be the matriarch of a powerful family in the post-Independence era. It is a Q Theatre Production. Artistic Director Quasar Thakore Padamsee, the son of stage actors Alyque Padamsee and Dolly Thakore, says that the character of Khatija was based on his grandmother. “I never got to know her well,” he says. “But when I worked on this play, I could understand my roots and what life was like in Mumbai in the 1950s.” Incidentally, Quasar has adapted certain aspects from Emily of Emerald Hill, which was written by the Stella Kon, an award-winning playwright and novelist.
Quasar not only deals with contemporary social issues but also does a lot of experimentation with form and design. He has been featured in a leading news magazine as one of the Top 50 Game Changers in India and was the driving force behind the largest youth theatre movement in India -Thespo. Quasar’s previous work includes So Many Socks, Project S.T.R.I.P, Minorities, and Acid among others.
Jayati Bhatia, who plays Khatija, has played leading roles in popular television serials like Hum Do Hain Na and Kasauti Zindagi Ki. Through her gait, voice and style, she mesmerises the audience as she goes through the various stages of Khatija’s life. The larger picture of the 75-minute play is of how a woman balances the various aspects of her life.
Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace will be performed at the JT Pac on Sunday, January 5, at 7 p.m. For more details and reservations contact 8086881681/ 9349528057/www.jtpac.org