Synopsis of the Play:
Partition was written by Ira Hauptman in 2003 and it has been staged world over. BLT, which staged the play in 2004, is reviving it 10 years later so that it can reach out to a broader audience and a new generation. Ramanujan’s life sometimes reads like a fairy tale. From a small town in South India, he overcame several barriers including orthodoxy, extreme poverty to go to Cambridge where he created a stage for his Mathematical genius. This whole episode would not have been possible without the generosity of GH Hardy, a great Mathematician by his own right and a professor of Mathematics in Cambridge. They formed an incredible partnership that led to many wonderful discoveries nearly one hundred years ago! It is well known that Ramanujan fell ill and came back to India only to die in 1921. A bright light in the world of mathematics was extinguished suddenly but his legacy survives to this day
Partition is powered by the imagination of the playwright who introduces us to additional characters including the Goddess Namagiri who accompanies Ramanujan to Cambridge to take care of him, a Ghost of a genius French mathematician whose innocuous riddle haunted the mathematical world for nearly three centuries, and a Classics Professor who knows something incredible is happening in Cambridge but does not know enough to truly appreciate it! With these characters in tow, Hauptman weaves a play that is witty and empathetic as it takes the audience through these incredible lives and after lives!
After a successful first run at Alliance Francaise on Dec 20th and Dec 21st, 2014, BLT is bringing the play to Jagriti, the celebrated Theatre Space in East Bangalore.