Ek Aur Dronacharya


This unsparing, hard-hitting play showcases ground realities of world through events in lives of two teachers across eras. One, the mythical master of archery and scriptures – Dronacharya and another – Arvind, an honest modern-day college professor. Divided by the eras and times, the two unite in the conundrums they face as the practicality hit their idealism hard.

The play is unforgiving in its portrayal of ever-existing conflicts between idealism and the reality; an individual against the system. The idealism, which needs to stand upright with its head held high, is repeatedly drawn into submission for human needs. Did ideals took a bashing from Kaurvas Gold in Mahabharata period? Will ideals genuflect to Rupees in modern world?

The IPTA group delivers yet another sterling performance in this play. Aanjjan and Akhilendra particularly are exemplary in the characters they portray. The play is tightly written. The costumes and stage set is done well. Especially the costumes of Mahabharata-era are very nicely done. A must-watch for the theatre goers who would enjoy a hard-hitting play with great performances!

AglaPlay Verdict: Do watch!
AglaPlay Rating: 4/5
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (Approx)
Writer: Shankar Shesh 
Director: Subhash Dangayach 
Cast:  Aanjjan Srivastav (Arvind), 
Sulabha Arya (Arvind's wife), 
Akhilendra Mishra (Dronachaarya), 
Nivedita Baunthiyal (Dronacharya's wife)
& Others

Below are a few relevant links. The web link to the play performance by IIT Kanpur students is also provided for those who cannot see live performance.

Other Links
Image Gallery at IPTA Mumbai site
Shankar Shesh Wikipedia
Performance by IIT K 

3 thoughts on “Ek Aur Dronacharya”

  1. a 5 star play. The play is upsetting and deeply gloomy, but from the depth of this hopelessness, rise the gems of performances. Do watch! Loved it. Loved Wagle Ji. Thumbs up

  2. Very dark play… The performance kept me hooked as the story went on. The performance of the actors was very good. The best part was comparison to the Dronacharya’s life and with the ghost of the lead’s colleague. Bone-chilling performance. Recommend it to anyone who wants to watch a top-notch theater.

  3. Pls put these under ‘dark’ category or something. EAD was verydark. I kept thinking about the play for few days after watching it. Great writing. Very well acted, truly! Suggest more dark plays, pls

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