He-Rose, a play that draws parallels between Arjuna and Achilles

A captivating moment from “He-Rose,” authored by Nimmy Raphel.
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Cultural exchange enriches creativity, and the fusion of French and Indian dramatic arts is no exception. ENSATT Lyon from France and Auroville’s Adishakti Theatre synergized their talents in “He-Rose,” a production that debuted at the Alliance Française in Puducherry.

Authored by Nimmy Raphel, with Vinay Kumar of Adishakti directing and Amaud Guennad of ENSATT assisting, “He-Rose” explores the poignant narratives of Arjuna from Bhagavad Gita by Veda Vyasa and Achilles from Homer’s “Iliad.” It delves into the lives of these legendary figures, merging the grandeur and the grief associated with their stories.

He-Rose weaves the tragic tales of two legendary heroes, Arjuna and Achilles.

“He-Rose” weaves the tragic tales of two legendary heroes, Arjuna and Achilles.
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Arjuna’s role in Kurukshetra mirrored Achilles’ in Troy; esteemed warriors, both hesitant at war’s onset, were driven by the loss of loved ones to seek vengeance. Achilles met his fate before Troy’s end, while Arjuna achieved victory.

“He-Rose” opened with a resonance of drums, bearing scenes of agony and loss through the injuries of soldiers and the cries of their families. This cross-cultural tapestry featured a French actor as Arjuna and an Indian as Achilles, offering both English and French linguistic insights through subtitles.

A depiction of He-Rose's dramatic opening with powerful drumbeats and the harrowing aftermath of battle.

A depiction of “He-Rose’s” dramatic opening with powerful drumbeats and the harrowing aftermath of battle.
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The shared emotional journey and discovery within “He-Rose” resonated strongly. Amongst the cast, Nimmy Raphel as Achilles stood out, while Julie Cecchini and Mathilde Briet left an indelible mark with their performance. François Landureau’s inventive scenography combined with Vinay Kumar’s compelling direction brought the play to life.

Following its premiere, “He-Rose” is set to tour across Varanasi, Delhi, Chandigarh, Pune, and will also be reaching audiences in nearby countries.

A memorable scene from the play

A memorable scene from the play “He-Rose,” crafted by Nimmy Raphel.
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