New Delhi, Nov. 9 -- On a breezy evening, as October drew to a close, the central courtyard at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi had been transformed into a caravanserai from medieval times, complete with tents, drapes and canopies. The heady fragrance of vetiver and incense coloured everything; thick strands of bark and dried roots hung from the ceiling in the main staging area. A detailed screen-printed map, showing the winding route of the mighty Sindhu river, ran like a leitmotif across the venue. Envisaged by scenographer Sumant Jayakrishnan, the set featured scrolls, textiles and pieces of clothing, some displayed on the wall and others suspended from the ceiling.

This was the setting for "an evening of storie...