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Open 'Letters': An unusually intimate look at the father and daughter who changed India's future

Play explores the relationship between country's first and third prime ministers

It seems there's usually a lot that can be learned about famous figures from studying their letters — unique insights that don't always make the history books. With its latest production, EnActe Arts Inc. is offering an unusually intimate look at two past prime ministers of India as seen through their correspondence. What makes the letters especially personal is that they are between father and daughter.

Vinita Sud Belani plays Indira Gandhi and Denzil Smith plays Jawaharlal Nehru in a play that takes inspiration from the correspondence between two of India's future leaders who also were family. Courtesy EnActe Arts Inc.

The company is presenting Lavonne Mueller's play "Letters to a Daughter From Prison," streaming Oct. 23-25. The play explores the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, and his daughter Indira Gandhi, who would become the country's third prime minister. During Gandhi's early years, her father was imprisoned for his political activities, so they communicated via letters.

Deesh Mariwala directs the show. Mariwala, along with EnActe's founder and artistic director Vinita Sud Belani and actor Denzil Smith, adapted Mueller's stage play for an online format. Belani plays Gandhi and Smith portrays Nehru in the show.

If you're interested

"Letters to a Daughter From Prison" is streaming Oct. 23-25. Tickets are $15. For more information go to eventbrite.com or visit facebook.com/EnacteArtsInc.

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Heather Zimmerman
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Open 'Letters': An unusually intimate look at the father and daughter who changed India's future

Play explores the relationship between country's first and third prime ministers

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Wed, Oct 21, 2020, 6:20 pm

It seems there's usually a lot that can be learned about famous figures from studying their letters — unique insights that don't always make the history books. With its latest production, EnActe Arts Inc. is offering an unusually intimate look at two past prime ministers of India as seen through their correspondence. What makes the letters especially personal is that they are between father and daughter.

The company is presenting Lavonne Mueller's play "Letters to a Daughter From Prison," streaming Oct. 23-25. The play explores the relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, and his daughter Indira Gandhi, who would become the country's third prime minister. During Gandhi's early years, her father was imprisoned for his political activities, so they communicated via letters.

Deesh Mariwala directs the show. Mariwala, along with EnActe's founder and artistic director Vinita Sud Belani and actor Denzil Smith, adapted Mueller's stage play for an online format. Belani plays Gandhi and Smith portrays Nehru in the show.

If you're interested

"Letters to a Daughter From Prison" is streaming Oct. 23-25. Tickets are $15. For more information go to eventbrite.com or visit facebook.com/EnacteArtsInc.

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