The pandemic also has given Mitali a chance to enhance her digital production skills. She filmed and edited Navatman Inc.’s first black box performance of the year, Krishna & the Lost Boys. The show premiered via a live-stream event last month and introduced Indian mythology, classical music, and dance to young audiences through a mix of dialogue, storytelling, dance, and vocals.
To satisfy New York City’s appetite for Indian folklore and mythology, Mitali is also working on a project that brings to life Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, in time for the celebration of Diwali (the Festival of Lights). Mitali explained, “this production, with all-female scriptwriters and a majority-female cast, gives voice to all the female characters in the epic – roles that have been reduced to one line (or sometimes none) in all the versions that have been produced in the past.”