The monodrama interweaves dialogue, music and poetry, and is set in Babylon (500 BCE), the commercial centre of the ancient world.
Castrated and sold into slavery by his father, Nikor is apprenticed to the Greek Plautus, the Chief Economist of Babylon. With his brilliance in mathematics and statecraft, he attains incredible fame and wealth as the state's Chief Mathematician, Accountant General and Keeper of the Seals.
When he finds his childhood friend Salla again, now the wife of a debauched prince, Nikor is haunted by questions about himself, the pursuit of knowledge and what Salla means to him.
“The play, a multi-genre production, interweaving music, poetry and visuals was written, designed, directed and given music by Gowri Ramnarayan and she did a deft job of all. While the script held no real surprises, it unspooled in a gentle, moving manner”
The Hindu, March 2009
“The play was a heavy solo performance with the emphasis spread out on every theatrical aspect and an actual team working to get a one-man-show going”
New Indian Express, March 2009
“To say that Bala did a splendid job is an understatement. Every movement, every expression, and his perfect dialogue delivery had everyone glued to him. (Bombay) Jayashree’s background score along with Sheejith Krishna (percussion) blended perfectly with the myriad emotions.”
The Deccan Chronicle, August 2010