The Troth | Features in Asian Age

Feb 13, 2018

Usne Kaha Tha, produced by Akademi, London under executive producer, Mira Kaushik, is just what the “cultural” doctor ordered…..

Sharon Lowen reviews The Troth’s performance at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi, that was organised by Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

The long legged twists and turns of Daniel Hay-Gordon who also later plays the Sergeant Major and Lt Sahib, communicate the patronizing and arrogant attitude of masterful manipulation.

Vidya Patel (Leela), brought a gazelle-like quality to the young Leea and tragic passion to the grown woman separated by war from her husband and son in spins of despair.  Subhash Viman Gorania (Lehna Singh) definitely brought  his unorthodox and quirky edge to this performance.

Deepraj Singh (Wazira), known as an explorative urban improviser with beatboxing/vocal percussion skills, all well used as WW1 Punjabi soldier.

Songhay Toldon (Leena’s husband the Subedar) and Dom Coffey ( their son Bodha) both brought solid contemporary dance backgrounds to their top notch performances.

Read: An invisible chapter of history comes to life by Sharon Lowen in Asian Age


Akademi is marking the centenaries of World War I, Indian cinema and the first Hindi short story, with The Troth / Usne Kaha Tha, a project that reveals the contribution, sacrifice and human cost of Indian soldiers to the allied war effort.

The Troth, inspired by a 1915 short story Usne Kaha Tha by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri, is the story of Sardar Lehna Singh’s sacrifice of keeping his secret promise to an unrequited love while mid-conflict in the horror of the trenches of Belgium.

The Troth is directed by award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke and features Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).

The Troth / Usne KahaTha will be touring to:

World Premiere 26 Jan | Jaipur Literature Festival, Jaipur

29 Jan | Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi
2 Feb | Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
4 Feb | Tarang Auditorium, Jabalpur
8 Feb | Haryana Kala Parishad Multi Art Cultural Centre, Kurukshetra

20 & 21 Feb | Curve Theatre, Leicester
5 Mar | ArtsEkta, Belfast
10 Mar | Tacchi Morris Theatre, Taunton
13 Mar | Edge Hill Arts Centre, Ormskirk
16 Mar | The Duke's, Lancaster