Kanjoos The Miser - national tour (2013)
A Tara Arts production
Touring February to March 2013
adapted by Hardeep Singh Kohli & Jatinder Verma
from a literal translation by Patricia Dreyfus
Part of Tara Arts' Global Visions project, supported by Arts Council England.
Tara Arts creates global theatre for local audiences in south London, where east meets west. In spring 2013 Kanjoos – The Miser embarks on a UK-wide tour.
Moliere’s classic comedy Kanjoos (Hindi for “miser”) is transported from 17th century France to modern India.
In the money-mad maelstrom of modern Mumbai lurks Harjinder makhi choos ("flea-sucking miser"). A man obsessed with hoarding his wealth according to Gandhian principles of relentless self-sacrifice. He hates spending money, whether on his household or his children, who are desperate for marriage and the fashionable Bolly life-style of Mumbai.
This new version of Moliere's classic farce is a comedy for our times.
For the production Tara Arts has produced a fun glossary of Indian terms and expression used in the performance of Kanjoos The Miser to amuse audiences and entertain the uninitiated.
SMILING GANDHIS Rupee notes
GHAZALS a form of poetic song – similar to a sonnet
AGGAR BATI incense
BHAGAVAD-GITA ancient Hindu scripture
TAMASHA a grand show
PUKKA complete, fully formed
ANNA penny, smallest denomination of Indian currency
NEEM an evergreen tree of the mahogany family, with medicinal properties
DANDA stick, but also a crude description
LAKHS One hundred thousand
PARVEEN BABI glamorous Hindi film actress
HEMA MALINI another Hindi film actress
AHWAIRYA RAI former Miss World, now one of the famous film actresses
CHUA mouse, tiny
MA-BAAP mother-father, elders
A KADU pumpkin
MELA fun-fair, festival
DHARAVI Mumbai’s largest slum
TANGA-WALLAH buggy driver
RISHTA marriage arrangement
GULI-DANDA stick-and-stone game
KHEER rice pudding
KHICHLDI rice and lentil gruel – usually eaten when ill
ALLAH-KASAM an oath (‘I swear in Allah’s name’)