Kanjoos The Miser - national tour (2013)

Kanjoos The Miser - national tour (2013)

A Tara Arts production

Touring February to March 2013


by Moliere
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.

 

 

LISTEN TO HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI'S INTERVIEW WITH THEATRE VOICE ABOUT #KANJOOSTHEMISER

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.

HAVELI mansion
SMILING GANDHIS Rupee notes
GHAZALS a form of poetic song – similar to a sonnet
KISMET fate
AGGAR BATI incense
JAAN soul
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

CHAPPAL sandal

KUNDALINI life-force
PENJI sister

FARISHTA angel
A KADU pumpkin
MELA fun-fair, festival
DHARAVI Mumbai’s largest slum
TANGA-WALLAH buggy driver
RISHTA marriage arrangement
ISHQ love
VAKILS lawyers
IZZAT honour
GULI-DANDA stick-and-stone game
SABZIS vegetables
KHEER rice pudding
KHICHLDI rice and lentil gruel – usually eaten when ill
ALMIRAHwWardrobe
ALLAH-KASAM an oath (‘I swear in Allah’s name’)

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