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Sati: Goddess Incarnate- A Musical Epic

Music by Zachary Catron 

Book, lyrics, and dramaturgy by Vaibu Mohan

In a rural village in India, an 18-year-old girl was burned alive on the funeral pyre of her deceased husband. The townspeople all stick to the same story: the girl went willingly and was touched by the Mother Goddess, Sati. She was chosen to do this. Sati: Goddess Incarnate is loosely inspired by the true story of Roop Kanwar, the last recorded case of the practice of sati—widow burning—in India, and tells a story that is yet to be told: Roop’s story. Featuring a score which blends Carnatic and Western classical music with musical theater, book and lyrics by Vaibu Mohan, music by Zachary Catron, and an all South Asian cast, Sati: Goddess Incarnate investigates an important and pressing question: what happens when the stories we tell ourselves begin to affect our reality?


Devi Peot (54 Sings Rihanna, 54 Sings Barbie, Bhangin’ It) as Roop
Miriam A. Laube (Monsoon Wedding, Bombay Dreams) as Uma
Mariya Reza as Aarti
Maya Jeyam (Work In Progress Vol. 4) as Dharma
Savidu Geevaratne (Monsoon Wedding, Work In Progress Vol. 4) as Satya and Neelkant
Vaibu Mohan as Maya
Khyati Sehgal as Woman 1
Swetha Vissapragada as Woman 2
Sarah Nandola as Woman 3
Isha Narayanan as Woman 4

Joined by:

Ryan Blihovde on percussion
Greg Paladino on piano

Directed by Thalia Ranjbar, with music direction by Mona Seyed-Bolorforosh (Evita at ART, Kimberly Akimbo, Company) and associate music direction by Greg Paladino (My Fair Lady national tour, Fiddler on the Roof national tour).

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