Naach is a form of traditional folk theatre from Bihar, India. In this tradition, male artists often cross dress as women on the stage. The most legendary name in this tradition is Bhikhari Thakur’s (1887-1971) — an actor, playwright, and social reformer. The film follows the last four Naach performers to have worked with him. As they share their plays, songs and a lifetime of memories of performance, they immerse us into the world of folk theatre where we begin to see a glimpse of budhau – the old man, himself.
Shilpi Gulati is a filmmaker and a PhD scholar at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her works largely engage with themes of gender and performance and oral tradition in India. Her lastest documentary < Qissa-e-Parsi >(2014) won the National Award for the Best Ethnographic Film.
Jainendra Dost is a doctoral scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University. His theoretical inquiry closely ties into his experience as a theatre. He is the director of Bhikhari Thakur Repertory Training and Research Centre.