“A FEAST IN EXILE” A Tableau Vivant

Directed by Tazeen Qayyum & Faisal Anwar

This project was presented by VASL artists’ collective in collaboration with Alliance de Francaise Karachi.

‘A Feast in Exile’ was created during a teaching residency hosted by Vasl Artists’ Collective and Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture.

Artists, Faisal Anwar and Tazeen Qayyum spent 4 weeks with the 3rd year Fine art students at the Fine Art department at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and created a unique performance in which an 18th  century miniature painting of Kangra School, was recreated  in the style of a Tableau Vivant.  The project included live music specially composed by Babar Sheikh, Rizwan-ullah Khan, Jasir Abro and Aziz Kazi.

The painting selected was the ‘ The Pandavas in Drupad’s Court’, from a series of works depicting the mythology of Drupadi and the 5 Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata.

Drupadi, a devoted deciple of Lord Krishna, was the daughter of King Drupad and the shared wife of the 5 pandava brothers. In this particular painting we see that the brothers are at the end of their 12 year exile, have  revealed themselves and take leave from their host, King Drupad