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At the World Shakespeare Festival held in London this year, 37 countries performed the Bard's plays in their own languages. The Company Theatre of Mumbai staged a Hindi adaptation of Twelfth Night titled Piya Behroopiya.
Directed by Atul Kumar, the Chandigarh audience enjoyed the play on Saturday evening at Tagore Theatre as part of the second day of the Chandigarh Theatre Festival. The play has been translated by Amitosh Nagpal, and the setting is Indian too.
Piya Behroopiya captures the story in the household of Olivia, where two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Lord Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia, the other by an alliance of servants against the high-handedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, an interesting chain of events follows.