Gautama Buddha, the Sakya prince, became a world leader. Yashodhara, his wife, remains in the shadow.
Yashodhara illuminates the plight of a woman, a single woman deserted by her husband. Grief plunges Yashodhara into unchartered depths, as she seeks answers she cannot find within palace walls.
Yashodhara is inspired by the beautiful carving on one of the entrance pillars of the Sanchi shrine, of a lotus whose roots are embedded in slush, whose stem finds nourishment in water, whose flower emerges into the air, whose petals blossom in the warmth of the sun.
Combining Hindi, Pali and English narration, Yashodhara brings to life a twentieth century Hindi classic, the poem-series of the same name by celebrated Hindi poet Maithilisharan Gupt (1886 – 1964).