Kirkland Performance Center
At first it would appear that the name of the novella is a misnomer as its protagonist, Amma Bi’s life is not all that warm or sunny. Living alone in a large mansion, in the nawabi city of Lucknow, with only a capricious, part-time, servant boy, Jumman, to tend to her needs, Amma Bi’s best days are behind her. It is a tale narrated by Pankaj Kapur, the sole performer on stage. Somewhere along the way you forget Kapur, as the characters he creates take over the stage. From the expletives-spouting Amma Bi to the cheeky Jumman and Amma Bi’s doctor friend Saxena, a world of colorful people enter and exit the stage through Kapur’s evocative story-telling. The performance will be in Hindini.