Thank you for the invitation Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Japan and Happy Dussehra Milan 2021! During the celebrations, Hiroshi Koike received an award for contributing to India – Japan cultural exchange for directing a theatrical adaptation of the entire Mahabharata epic.The Mahabharata was a project that started in 2013 and was completed as a 6 hour production in August 2021. Creating a stage version of the world’s longest epic has brought together people from all around Asia.The awards ceremony was followed by a delicious meal at Govinda’s Tokyo – the energy of the Indian community in Japan is vibrant and welcoming. We look forward to more cultural exchanges between India and Japan towards the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
The Mahabharata series was a 9 year long journey that began in 2013. The beginnings of the journey were planted in Director Hiroshi Koike’s mind after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The Complete Mahabharata ~Chapter of Desire, Chapter of Tempest was the culmination of this series. The production was originally planned to be staged in July 2020 however due to the Corona virus pandemic it was postponed to August 20 – 23, 2021.
The Corona virus caused many issues towards realizing the final production. Still, it can only be said that it was a miracle that we were able to accomplish this.
Thank you to everyone who wrote their impressions on SNS and questionnaires. Here is a summary of Twitter’s impressions.
Tokyo has issued State of Emergency from 7/12 through 8/31. Currently we are continuing rehearsals as planned in a very ventilated space, monitoring the health of performers and staff and regular PCR testing.
The Mahabharata will follow the guidelines stated in the official communication from Tokyo and run the matinee and soiree performances as planned from August 20th – 23rd.
The Following precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus at the performance.
–All audience members are asked to follow the precautions stated below–
Every seat is reserved seating. Seating is assigned following social distance guidelines.
Contact information for audience members are registered upon reserving a ticket. Information will be saved for 2 weeks following the performances.
All audience members are asked to wear a mask when entering the theater lobby and theater. Refusal to wear a mask may result in not being able to enter. Audience members are asked to sanitize hands upon entering the lobby and to wash hands whenever possible.
Audience’s temperature will be taken upon entering the theater lobby and theater. If temperature is above 37.5 C it may result in not being able to enter.
Audience members who do not feel well, if you have been in close contact with a Corona Virus patient we ask that you refrain from participating in this event.
There will be no meet and greet with the cast members and audience after the production. We will also not be accepting any flowers or gifts at the front of house desk for performers.
-Precautionary Measures at the Theater and through the Production Team-
Daily temperature recording and health monitoring of performers and staff.
Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing for performers and staff members.
Maintaining social distance within the theater, seats, and at the front of house lobby.
Hand sanitizer will be placed at the entrance of the theater and within the theater.
Sanitizing of seats, door knobs and banisters between performances.
Ventilation of the theater during the performance and during intermission.
Staff who will be in contact with audience members will be wearing mask, face shield and plastic gloves.
The Mahabharata team is working with the theater, Nakano ZERO, Nakano Ward and Tokyo to ensure a safe performance. We will be following the guidelines and recommendations from the government and will continue to update the situation through this website and on our social media.
We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
The Mahabharata Executive Committee/ Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project