Co-scripting British-Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan’s Desh. How’d that happen?
Akram and his producer Farooq Chaudhry invited me to script the piece. A surprise, because they usually work with established artists.
You call yourself a poet first. Did prose happen by accident?
I am a little suspicious of my own prose. Then Desh happened. It was a script. But the script also produced The Boy, the Bees & Bonbibi.
What’s Bonbibi all about?
Bonbibi is a fable about a very popular goddess in the Sunderbans. It’s an illustrated children’s book that will be published next year.
What inspired you to work on the Mahabharata epic?
It’s a remarkable epic for so many reasons: its positioning of gods as imperfect, its refusal to carve out a central protagonist; of moral ambiguity that it imbues the characters with.
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