Drama: Bhisham Sahni/Swatilekha Sengupta
Direction: Swatilekha Sengupta
Synopsis: This story from the Mahabharata is about Yayati’s daughter Madhabi and her beloved Galab, a disciple of Rishi Vishwamitra. Internship completed, Galab insists on offering Guru Dakshina to Vishwamitra. Vishwamitra, keen to humble proud Galab, demands eight hundred Ashwamedha Horses. Galab is dumb-struck, he contemplates suicide, but divine intervention leads him to Yayati’s hermitage. Yayati has abdicated his throne and now lives a humble life of an ascetic. As Galab arrives for help, Yayati has nothing to offer to him except his daughter Madhabi, endowed with boons of eternal virginity and the gift of begetting sons destined to be king of kings. Hence follows a great drama of Madhabi in quest of eight hundred Ashwamedha Horses. Galab is duty-bound to Vishwamitra. Yayati is duty-bound to his dharma of Charity. Kings are keen to use Madhabi as surrogate mother of king of kings. And Madhabi? Madhabi is duty-bound to her father, her lover, but where has her love gone?
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