Sankalpan (Desire) / by R. Sheth

December 9, 2007

Written by Lina Patel
Directed by Patrizia Acerra

Featuring: Kaiser Ahmed, Anita Chadwaney, Dipika Cherala, Sandeep Das, Minita Gandhi, Susaan Jamshidi, Fawzia Mirza, Andy Nagraj, Anjali Thawani, and Tariq Vasudeva

An inventive fusion of Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Tagore’s The Home and the WorldSankalpan evokes a time of revolution that draws sharp parallels to the geopolitics of today. A story about self-determination—both in the psyches of individuals hungry for change and in the psyche of an evolving national identity—Sankalpan is set against the volatile backdrop of 1907 Bengal. Personal struggles play out on a national stage, which is rapidly changing as the demands of independence refigure relationships between British Imperialists and Indian Nationalists, rich landowners and poor peasants, and, most explosively, in new possibilities in the relationships between men and women.