Playwright: Mahesh Dattani
Inspired by Vikram Sampath’s Book
Directed by Lillette Duby
Produced by Prime Time Theatre Company
Dates & Location
Mexican Heritage Plaza San Jose CA Feb. 10th
Cubberley Theatre Feb. 11th
GAUHAR traces the story of one of India’s first mass media superstars at the turn of the last century!
An Armenian Christian who later converted to Islam, Gauhar Jaan was a naturally gifted musician with a wide repertoire. One of the earliest women artists who seized the opportunity that came with the advent of recording technology, hers was the first Indian voice to be recorded in 1902, and during her life, she cut close to 600 records, with her fame travelling as far as Europe, with her face emblazoned on matchboxes and postcards !
GAUHAR lays bare her life with all its attendant myths, legends, and folklore, some of which are recorded, some apocryphal; as well as the times during which she lived and made exquisite music.
Her independent lifestyle and feisty nature symbolise the indomitable spirit of the resurgent women musicians of her time, and her high – pitched and flirtatious announcement – ‘My name is Gauhar Jaan’, at the end of all her recordings, epitomises a milestone in the history of Indian classical music, one that would change forever its content, structure and style of presentation.
Notes from Lillette:
The life and loves of India’s first musical superstar !
A drama with live singing !
” A brilliant production” Bangalore Times
” *** 1/2 .. A production to be saluted!” Times of India
” A brilliant play!” Business Standard
” Gauhar casts a magical spell on the audience!” – The Tribune
- And it should say –
Inspired by Vikram Sampath’s book( see Sampat correct spelling !)
“My name is Gauhar Jaan “
- After 50 shows across India and the UK