Music and Libretto by Kamala Sankaram
Chamber Opera in One Act
Dur. 14 mins
For voice, flute, oboe, tabla, piano, violin and viola
Originally commissioned by Houston Grand Opera
CAST OF CHARACTERS
SNEHA (soprano) — late 20s or very early 30s. Hip, smart, beautiful, savvy, Gujurati descent, very American, PhD in psychology.
SIDDHARTHA (tenor) —Also known as SID. early 20s: naïve, a highly optimistic dreamer, he is cute in an interesting way but he is not classically handsome, and he’s a little awkward. Kashmiri descent, came to America when he was 16.
SID’S MOTHER AND FATHER (Hindustani classical singers) —
traditional and conservative parents from Kashmir. Mid-aged. Mother is notably younger than the father. They wear traditional but contemporary appropriate Indian dress.
An Indian wedding hall
SID'S MOTHER AND FATHER'S home
A flower shop on Fannin Street
HINDUSTANI SINGERS are meant to improvise sargam in raga Jaunpuri during the indicated sections of the score. I have included sample sargam in case singers don't feel comfortable improvising.
Color trill- rapidly alternate between different fingerings for the same pitch.
The score includes basic thekas. Feel free to add fills as best fits the character of the performance.