Janaki : Daughter of the Dirt

Janaki – Daughter of the Dirt is a story of ancient archetypes that reflects modern day dilemmas. It is the journey of a young woman who looks to her own personal superhero, “Sita” (also known as “Janaki”) for answers to life’s problems. Only this Sita is not the perfect woman as is portrayed in the ancient “Ramayana”.

Date/ Time:  September 16th, 17th & 18th  2011

Location: Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St. San Francisco CA

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Cost: $20 – $45

Janaki – Daughter of the Dirt is a story of ancient archetypes that reflects modern day dilemmas. It is the journey of a young woman who looks to her own personal superhero, “Sita” (also known as “Janaki”) for answers to life’s problems. Only this Sita is not the perfect woman as is portrayed in the ancient “Ramayana”, one of Hinduism’s most known and revered epics.

A bay area production, Janaki’s world premier will occur this September 16th -18th at the Mission Cultural Center (2868 Mission St.)  in San Francisco. Written by first time playwright Virali Gokaldas and directed by Krishnakali Chaudhuri and Shruti Purkayashta, this ground breaking stage production of Janaki touches upon issues of power, sexism and classism from the perspective of Sita. “The play also deals with gender issues and expressions”, said director Krishnakali Chaudhuri. With an all star cast, the role of Janaki is played by the renowned actress and activist Kiran Patel.

“I wrote Janaki – Daughter of Dirt to show that Hindu goddesses, just like the women in my family, are not self-sacrificing devotees,” said playwright Virali Gokaldas.  “They are complex, powerful, strong-willed examples, helping us hold compassion for others and ourselves, guiding us when making hard decisions, and above all, giving us the courage to live out our own destinies.”

It is the first stage production to come out of the newly founded Siren Theatre Project (www.sirentheatre.org).

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