Synopsis of the play

MACBETH BADYA is the musical resonance and physical poetry of the dialectics of the tragedy of Macbeth. The famous tragedy whenever restructured in film or theatre in different times in different countries has always borne the sign of the culture of that country. Who can forget Kurosawa’s throne of blood or Krzystof Warlikowski’s Macbeth! So when in India we try to depict the inherent tragic trajectory of Macbeth it has to be Indian rhythm and the actor portraying it has a Indian body and uses all traditional Indian movement scores.

Heiner Muller reads Hamlet in his play as Hamlet Machine. MACBETH BADYA is the Indian text that emerges with allmodernity from the reading of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy.

The physical poetry also attempts to create analogues of the tragedy of a modern man.

Power and power and power and power.

This power hunger in us is celebrated through Pakhawaj and Indian classical Ragas.

History is witness to the fact that whenever there is violent uprooting & displacement of a people, the question of gender becomes a serious issue & at the same time compulsions of survival start to take precedence over moral concerns. We see it happening again like a re-emerging cancer in today’s world.



Manish Mitra is one of the most well known theatre director and playwright of India. He is believed to have developed a new theatre language and actor’s training methodology sourcing inspiration from the different South Asian performing arts both traditional and folk.

Manish has done extensive research work on the Folk Culture of the country and also on the NATYASHASTRA, the Indian dramaturgy, under Vachaspati Dr. K.G. Paulose, Ex Vice Chancellor of KALAMANDALAM UNIVERSITY and also worked with Padma Bhushan K. N. Panikkar in designing two major Sanskrit plays.

Manish was tired with the realistic, naturalistic theatre practice of his city in his student life and felt that the practice is not rooted in the ethnic tradition of the country. So he founded KASBA ARGHYA, his own theatre group in the year 1989 to develop a space for all kinds of innovative and Avant Grade practices.

Manish got a scholarship from the British Council in India in a Shakespeare workshop and studied in CSSD, University of London, London. It was then he chanced to see lots of Shakespeare’s plays in London.

Manish worked with Eugenio Barba and did academic research in the Grotowski Institute in Poland. He travelled with his productions ‘Mahabharata, and ‘Macbeth Badya’ widely across the globe.

Manish directed an international production of Post Office, a Rabindranath Tagore play to commemorate the birthday of Janusz Korczak which was premiered in Warsaw. He did it with actors from India, USA, Germany and Poland and with the support from Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

His contributions on the aesthetics of Sanskrit dramas and dramaturgy are considered significant by academicians and practitioners.

At present Manish has shifted from the Urban Theatre to practice in the lap of nature, mostly villages and forests. He is pursuing a new concept in the name of Organic Theatre.

Manish Mitra was invited to direct a new play for Mysore based Theatre Organisation Samathentho on their golden jubilee and the play, he directed viz. Jeevayana: Ondu Sthri Sambhrama was highly applauded for his sensibilities on women issues.

Manish has been invited to teach in the Institute of Dance in Bytom, Poland, Theatre Academy Mumbai, National School of Drama, Bengaluru, and many other Universities.


He has been invited to many countries in Europe, to teach Indian Dramaturgy and he has conducted workshops in many parts of Europe and Asia.


Raju Bera

A young enthusiast of 24 years, Raju has earned great fame in contemporary Indian Theatre. Trained in Kathakali, Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam, Ballet, Butoh. Raju’s body is said to have become a rich repertoire of different modes of physical articulation but he makes his body respond as per his sensibilities and his aesthetic values. Raju,s performance as an young actor was first applauded globally in KasbaArghya’s play Mahabharata.His solo performance in Macbeth Badya is appreciated as a new discovery of celebrating Macbeth’s tragic contradictions. He has travelled globally to perform in KasbaArghya’s plays.



20th July 2019 from 6.30PM
Venue: Janus Black Box