16 February 2013

Premiere run of 'Those Who Could Not Hear The Music': March 2013

and those who were dancing were thought to be insane by 
those who could not hear the music

A Ranan production
1, 2, 7, 9, 15, 16 March 2013
Max Mueller Bhavan, Calcutta

Entry cards will be available at Max Mueller Bhavan from 18 February 2013, 1pm to 7pm every day except Sundays.
For Online booking, click here
For further information, please contact Ranan at rananindia@gmail.com, or call 9831256730.

Ranan’s new performance piece doubly inspired by the life, music and writings of and on Beethoven, and Vikram Seth’s novel – An Equal Music. Weaving together these texts along with a wide range of Beethoven’s compositions, the piece explores the question, “how would you deal with going deaf?”

Two letters form the core of this performance. One written by Julia, the protagonist of An Equal Music to her fellow musician and lover Michael; and the other written by composer Ludwig Van Beethoven to his brothers. Both letters deal with the pain of inevitable and irretrievable loss as their writers come to terms with their growing deafness – a loss all the more poignant since it involves the one sense central to the world of music that both these individuals – one from contemporary fiction and one from European musical history – inhabit.

Ranan’s unique combination of text, movement and Kathak dance explores individual and collective, personal and epic themes that arise out of this deep sense of loss: themes of fear, humiliation, love, solitude, communication and artistic expression … questions which humanity rediscovers and addresses anew age after age, and questions which Beethoven’s music still evokes.

A photographic interpretation by Anubha Fatehpuria inspired by the theme, will be on display at Max Mueller Bhavan from 20 February 2013.


Concept and Direction
Vikram Iyengar

Created with
Amlan Chaudhuri
Anubha Fatehpuria
Dana Roy
Debashree Bhattacharya
Jayati Chakraborty
Rhea Das
Sohini Debnath
Vikram Iyengar

Costume Design
Katy Lai Roy

Costume Execution
Dana Roy

Lighting Design
Sudip Sanyal

Publicity Design
Sukanya Ghosh

Photographs, Publicity Images, Slides
Anubha Fatehpuria

Indudipa Sinha

Music Editing
Subhagata Singha

Sound Control
Vaivaswat Tyagi

PR and Coordination
Ruchira Das

Max  Mueller Bhavan – Goethe Institut, Calcutta
Sarmistha Sarker
Dr. Martin Waelde
Faaeza Jasdanwala
Sudeshna Banerjee


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