Charandas Chor is next proscenium performance produced by Mandala Theatre Nepal. It was first launched as a college production for Ace Institute of Management, New Baneshwor. As the official production of Mandala, the play has been re-rehearsed and prepared in March 2010. It was then showcased regularly for 7 days at Raastriya Naachghar, Jamal. The play was later performed in 10 major cities of Nepal during Mandala Mobile Theatre Tour 2010, an ambitious theatre project conceived by Mandala.

Similarly, this play was brought to three cities of Nepal in 2011 by Miteri Theatre Tour, a program supported by BP Koirala Nepal India Foundation, Emabssy of India. Charandas Chor, based on a famous Indian play by Habib Tanvir, proved a grand Nepali show in the direction of Rajan Khatiwada. The play narrates a story of an honest thief who even goes to the extent of sacrificing his life for the sake of his words. This play has been performed 35 times in different places of Nepal.


The play charts the tumultuous life of a petty thief, Charandas. Curiously he is a man of principles – an honest thief with a strong sense of integrity and professional efficiency. He makes four vows to his Guru that he would never eat in a gold plate, never lead a procession that is in his honor, never become a king and never marry a princess, thinking all of them are far out possibilities for him. Later, his guru adds a fifth one - never to tell a lie and sets him of on his life's journey which leads him to a kingdom, where the turn of events make him famous, and eventually he is offered the seat of political power which he has to refuse. Later, the local princess gets enchanted by him, and proposes to marry him. This is when his refusal costs him his life. As he is put to death, he illustrates the inherent paradox in human existence, where truthful existence becomes an impossibility, for the truthful and the accidentally truthful, alike.

Language of the Play


Time Duration of the Play

1 hour 30 Minutes (with no intermission)

Our Total Cast and Crew (for travel)

Actors- 15

Live Musicians- 3

Light Operator- 1

Director- 1


On Stage:

Charandas Chor:              Dayahang Rai/Rajan Khatiwada

Hawaldar:                       Aashant Sharma/Buddhi Tamang

Maharani:                        Lunibha Tuladhar/Sirjana Subba

Mantriji:                          Shanti Giri/Kala Sangroula

Saadhu Baba:                  Bijay Bisfot/Jiwan Baral/Dayahang Rai/Bijay Baral

Sonpapdiwala:                 Kameshwor Chaurasiya/Dipal Baral/Som Nath Khanal

Jamindar:                        Sourabh Neupane/Raj Thapa

Jadyaha:                          Kala Sangroula/Sudam CK

Ganjadi                           Umesh Tamang

Juwade:                           Manas Raj

Rajpurohit   :                  Tanka Tiger/Som Nath Khanal/Sulakchhyan Bharati

Daasi:                             Kala Sangroula/Sikchhya KC/Pabita Rai/Srijana Adhikari

Khajanchi:                      Manas Raj/Sourabh Neupane

Chorus and Soldiers:        All Actors


Off Stage:

Costume:                                             Sirjana Subba

Sets:                                                    Bijay Baral/Manas Raj

Props:                                                           Mohammed Najir Husen/Bikash Joshi

Light:                                                  Buddhi Tamang

Live Music:                                         Benuka Rai/Shekhar/Ghanu Bhai Joshi/Anupam Sharma/Sanjiv Pariyar

Stage Manager:                                    Som Nath Khanal

Playwright:                                         Habib Tanvir

Translation, Design and Direction:      Rajan Khatiwada

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