The Story of Mahatma Gandhi, Now With Songs and Dance Numbers


A moment from <i>Gandhi - The Musical</i>. (Photo: NCPA)
A moment from Gandhi - The Musical. (Photo: NCPA)

The Story of Mahatma Gandhi, Now With Songs and Dance Numbers

You have seen his life spun out in quite a few memorable films and plays. But in what’s a first, Mahatma Gandhi will come alive in a Broadway-style musical on Independence Day weekend. Presented by National Centre of Performing Arts (NCPA) in association with Silly Point Productions, Gandhi - The Musical, will come powered with 16 original songs, two adaptations, and 12 dance numbers!

Chirag Vora will be playing the role of Gandhi in the musical. (Photo: NCPA)
Chirag Vora will be playing the role of Gandhi in the musical. (Photo: NCPA)
I come from a musical background, and I thought about how to tell Gandhi’s story in a way that has not been told before, and zeroed in on doing a Broadway-style musical. 
Danesh R Khambata, Director
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Take a peek at Gandhi - The Musical here:

The 120-minute production, made with a budget of one crore, will narrate the journey of Gandhi, taking the audience through the many trials and triumphs of his early years in South Africa, to when he came to be known as the beloved father of our nation. Popular theatre artiste Chirag Vora will play the iconic role of Gandhi, while his younger self would be played by Abhishek Krishnan.

The musical will also feature Bollywood actor Boman Irani as ‘The Raj’ – a voice that portrays the system that Gandhi was constantly battling against.  

The play is in English but some of the songs are in Hindi and Gujarati because some expressions are best showcased in those languages.

A still from the play. (Photo: NCPA)
A still from the play. (Photo: NCPA)
The musical focuses on the human side of Gandhi in his formative years before he became a legend. And we tell the story through many anecdotes, many of which are barely known.
Danesh R Khambata, Director
The musical boasts 12 dance numbers. (Photo: NCPA)
The musical boasts 12 dance numbers. (Photo: NCPA)
Gandhi - The Musical will showcase an astounding variety of music - from Raghupati Raghav to Hindi and Gujarati songs composed against an European orchestra, to even an industrial dubstep number.

The songs have been composed by Nariman Khambata and Rahul Pais, while the 12 dances have been choreographed by Bertwin D’Souza. While scripting began a year back, it took all of five months to put the production together with a cast and crew of 45.

A moment from <i>Gandhi - The Musical</i>. (Photo: NCPA)
A moment from Gandhi - The Musical. (Photo: NCPA)
It has been a huge, huge challenge to bring the hard-working cast and crew, and the music and dance together. And we are hoping for the best.
Danesh R Khambata, Director
Danesh R  Khambata has directed the play. (Photo courtesy: Danesh R Khambata)
Danesh R Khambata has directed the play. (Photo courtesy: Danesh R Khambata)

We are sure looking forward to this one!

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