Shah Jahan’s Daughters ~ theatre walk

 

This theatrical walk is an ode to women in Delhi and exploration of Delhi’s herstories. The walk is set in 17th century when the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is not fit to rule his empire in Shahjahanabad (now Old Delhi) and this leads to a constant battle of power and principles between his sons and daughters. The story of this troubled time is represented through the perspective of Shah Jahan’s powerful first and second daughter, Jahanara Begum and Roshanara Begum respectively. Even though both Jahanara and Roshanara lived active courtly lives, they died sad and lonely deaths.

It follows their personal journey through their rise into power with the support of their father Shah Jahan and brother Aurangzeb, their hatred towards each other, their political difference and eventually to their downfall. The entire play unfolds through dialogues between Jahanara and Roshanara interspersed with storytelling to help viewers understand the context.

Yuveka Singh is a professional storyteller and the founder of Darwesh,a professional storytelling organisation residing in the area of culture, education and social research. She has more than 10 years experience in the development sector with specialisation in elementary education, child rights, gender and qualitative research. She believes that stories are the backbone for social change and self transformation.

Darwesh is a professional storytelling organisation residing in the area of culture, education and social research. Through its work in the cultural space they aim to bring together spaces, places and people in a matrix of stories that connects us with the rich historical and cultural roots of Delhi.

Meeting point: Roshanara Bagh entrance gate at the junction of Dronacharya Guru Hanuman Marg and Singh Sabha Road (Landmark is a Police Station)

Tips: carry a water bottle.

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