by Mahesh Dattani

Directed by Sindu Singh

Produced by Basab Pradhan

 December 2nd to 13th, 2015, Sunnyvale Theatre


How far can a man pursue his art in a culture that doesn’t view dance as an acceptable male vocation?

The classical dance form of Bharatanatyam serves as the backdrop to this timeless story of two dancers – husband and wife –  who struggle with their ambitions in a society that shackles them with expectations and boundaries.

Mahesh Dattani, India’s foremost playwright in the English language, weaves a finely textured tale around the two central characters with both light-hearted, comic moments and high drama.

Dance Like a Man is a brilliant study of human relationships framed by the age-old battle between tradition and youthful rebellion. It was made into a film in 2004 directed by Pamela Rooks and won the National Award for Best Feature Film in English.  The cast included the ace dancer Shobana, Anoushka Shankar and Mohan Agashe.

English | Age 12+

Shows on December 2, 6, 10, 12 and 13.


Shows & Tickets


Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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The Cast

Basab Pradhan (Jairaj), Sindu Singh (Ratna), Ritesh Jaltare (Young Jairaj), Kaveri Seth (Young Ratna), Shaurya Jagtap (Viswas), Lakshmi Bharadwaj (Lata) and M. Zishan (Amritlal)

Music & Dance

Vidushi Subhapriya Srivatsan (Music Direction and Vocals), Mohanrangan Govindaraj (Flute), Akshay Venkatesan (Mrdangam), Nayana Shenoy (Dance Direction)

Malavika Jayasimha (dancer), Sarojh Nagaraj (dancer)

Production Team

Producer Basab Pradhan
Stage Managers/Props Dhira Ramakrishnan
Namita Sathyan
Mala Mandyam
Sets Sindu Singh (Design)
Subashinee Krishnamurthy (Design & Lead)
Pratish Shah (Sets Coordinator)
Sonu Bains
Malavika Jayasimha
Sudarshan Kandaswamy
Bravishma Narayan
Diya Parial
Lohith Ramanujam
Sathish Shenoy
Adhikesavan Suresh
Sai Vaidyam
Mukti Varshney
Sai Venkat
Costumes Sindu Singh
Kaveri Seth
Lights Srikar Srinath (Design & Lead)
Adhikesavan Suresh
Sound Makesh Rao
Poster Art Pragya Tiwari
Basab Pradhan
Graphics Basab Pradhan
Kaveri Seth
Photography Gosha Davis
Ticketing Sathish Shenoy
Basab Pradhan
Marketing Vijay Parmar
Harjit Sabharwal
Mukti Varshney
Marketing Video Shekhar Hemnani