LAS VEGAS — The play “Displaced Hindu Gods”, that is to have its world premiere in Minneapolis in October at Mixed Blood Theatre has drawn the attention of a Hindu leader who is concerned about trivializing dieties.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, that he is concerned with the premise of using the trinity of Hindu deities- Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva- each displaced into the contemporary Western world.
Brhama-Vishnu-Shiva were highly revered deities in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples and home shrines and not to be trivialized on theater stages, Zed said.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted that Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva were divine and theater/film/art were welcome to create projects about/around them showing their true depiction as mentioned in the scriptures. Creating irrelevant imagery hurt the devotees, Zed added.
Rajan Zed further said that we needed to be more sensitive about the feelings of “others”. Hinduism was the oldest and third largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought and it should not be taken lightly.
“This theatrical marathon features a variety of styles: a stand-up comedy routine, a girl-gang thriller, and a post-colonial fantasy”,“Displaced Hindu Gods” announcement adds.
Vision statement of Minneapolis based Mixed Blood Theatre, founded in 1976, includes “create and share work that spawns a ripple effect of social change”. Susan P. Mackay, Jack Reuler and Amanda White Thietje are Board President, Artistic Director-Founder and Managing Director respectively.