Chinese Kunqu Opera comes to India


Bravia Sadir Theater Festival brings the oldest and most refined styles of traditional Chinese theater to India.  Renowned masterpiece of the Ming dynasty “The Peony Pavilion” play is coming to Delhi and Mumbai, giving cultural and theatre aficionados an introduction to the heritage of Chinese performing Arts.

Kunqu Opera, is one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera. It evolved from the Kunshan melody, and dominated Chinese theatre from the 16th to the 18th centuries. The style originated in the Wu cultural area. Known as the “mother” of a hundred opera forms (including Peking opera), Kunqu was recognized as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2001.

The Play that will be performed in Mumbai and Delhi is “The Peony Pavilion”. It is a play written by Tang Xianzu in the Ming Dynasty and was first performed in 1598. It is the most popular play of the Ming Dynasty.

Date and Venue: 

Dec 9, 2014 at NCPA, Mumbai

Dec 12, 2014 at Siri Fort, Delhi

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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