19:00-19:30, Wednesday 31st August 2022

The Cockpit

 

Music: Jataneel Banerjee

Words: Original Sanskrit text from Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa and Atharvaveda. Additional Sanskrit text by Dr Baldevanand Sagar and English texts by Jataneel Banerjee.

 

A work-in-progress chamber opera in Sanskrit.

 

The story of Ganga: a saga of heartbreak, promises and love.

 

Ganga is a powerful, yet helpless, celestial river goddess, whose womb becomes the medium to fulfil the higher purpose of gods and men. Cursed and doomed to be born as mortals, the eight Vasus choose Ganga to be their mother. She promises to release all but one from the curse; the last must live on earth.

 

Ganga chooses her beloved Shantanu, mighty king of Hastinapur, to be the father. But, to keep her promise to the Vasus, she must also break his heart.

 

Age Rating: All ages, but mostly adults

Content Advisories: None. To see content advisories for Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2022 shows, click here.

 

In a festival of new work, please note that shows can often overrun.

 

Produced by Jataneel Banerjee in association with 101 Music.

 

Venue: The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH.

 

 

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Cast & Crew

Music: Jataneel Banerjee

Words: Original Sanskrit text from Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa and Atharvaveda. Additional Sanskrit text by Dr Baldevanand Sagar and English texts by Jataneel Banerjee.

Direction: Jataneel Banerjee

Language consultant & coach: Dr Baldevanand Sagar

Poster & program note design: Subhankar Dutta

 

Ganga: Magdalena Maria Herfurtner

Mahabhish, Brahma, Vasu: Jonathan Cooke

Cast & Crew

Music: Jataneel Banerjee

Words: Original Sanskrit text from Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa and Atharvaveda. Additional Sanskrit text by Dr Baldevanand Sagar and English texts by Jataneel Banerjee.

Direction: Jataneel Banerjee

Language consultant & coach: Dr Baldevanand Sagar

Poster & program note design: Subhankar Dutta

 

Ganga: Magdalena Maria Herfurtner

Mahabhish, Brahma, Vasu: Jonathan Cooke