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PHOOLAN DEVI – THE BANDIT QUEEN
A Chamber Opera by Shirish Korde

The production, co-sponsored by the Indo-American Arts Council and Da Capo Chamber Players, premieres in New York and Toronto in 2014. The work depicts real, re-imagined and often contradictory events in the life of Phoolan Devi, a woman revered by some and reviled by others in contemporary Indian society.

A series of musically compelling and visually stunning scenes, the opera features: Zorana Sadiq, soprano; the Da Capo Chamber Players; Anusree Roy, librettist; Tom Diamond, director; Nandini Sikand, choreographer/dancer; and Raphaele Shirley, videographer.

Learn more at thebanditqueen.com and shirishkorde.com

THE LIFE OF PHOOLAN DEVI:

Phoolan Devi was born into poverty, illiterate, sold as a child bride, raped, abused, victimized, abducted by bandits, imprisoned, elected to India’s Parliament and gunned down on a street in New Delhi in 2001. She was 37 at the time of her death. While her story may be viewed as a tragedy, it is, in fact, a tale of courage in the face of adversity. The opera examines caste, gender and violence against women, issues of particular relevance in light of recent events in India.