The Barnard College Theatre Department presents the English language premiere of of Chokher Bali (Sand in My Eye), based on Rabindranath Tagore’s classic novel, dramatized and translated by Professor Partha Chatterjee, directed by internationally renowned playwright and director Mahesh Dattani, and dramaturged by Assistant Professor Shayoni Mitra.  A compelling account of marriage and widowhood against the backdrop of the rapidly modernizing bhadralok or gentlemanly class of late 19th century Calcutta, the play transcends its immediate historical context to become a timeless meditation on feminine desire and agency.

The projection design featured original footage shot with the actors, incorporating a cinematic feel and deep emotional presence to the live action happening onstage.

A Play by Partha Chatterjee

Based on the novel by Rabindranath Tagore
Translated from the Bengali by the playwright

Directed by Mahesh Dattani
Dramaturgy by Shayoni Mitra

Scenic Design by Neil Patel
Projection Design by Anna Henson
Costume Design by Deepsikha Chatterjee
Lighting Design by Andrea Leonard
Music Direction by Deep Singh
Assistant Direction by Brittany Searles
Stage Management by Ellen Mischinski

Sponsored by
Barnard College Department of Theatre
Columbia University Major in Drama & Theatre Arts
Ahuja Distinguished Visiting Fellow,
South Asian Institute, Columbia University
Asian Cultural Council

Show Documentation by Stephen Yang