“A magnificently ambitious project, beautifully acted and visually sumptuous, that throws both light and darkness on a crucial moment in world history.” – Time Out
Known for staging socially critical performances, Pakistan’s renowned Ajoka Theatre is committed to ideals of peace and tolerance. Shahid Nadeem’s spellbinding play Dara tells the dramatic story of Dara Shikoh—eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who was imprisoned and executed by his younger brother Aurangzeb. A crown prince, poet, painter and Sufi, Dara wanted to build on the vision of Akbar the Great and bring the ruling Muslim elite closer to the local religions. Exploring the violent struggle between brothers, the decisive role played by their sisters Jahan Ara and Roshan Ara, the spiritual challenge posed by the naked Sufi Sarmad, the authority of the muftis and qazis of the Empire and growing discontent among the masses, Dara offers a resounding message for our times.