Back to the 33rd Annual Festival of New Musicals


2021 Festival

Arpita Mukherjee

Music Director
James Nathan Hopkins

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 4
Number of Principals (Female): 3
Total Cast Size: 7
Orchestra Breakdown:

Piano, Keys 2, Guitar/Sitar, Woodwind, Violin, Cello, Bass, Drums, Percussion/Tabla, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn

Genre & Style:


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India, 1930. When Gandhi’s non-violent independence movement arrives on Maya Mehta’s doorstep, our heroine’s life of poetry and privilege is turned on its head. With a score that fuses Western pop and Indian classical music, Māyā tells the story of how one person can make a lasting mark on a movement.

Development History

Cheeyang & Eric started collaborating during their time at NYU and are interested in stories where the East meets the West. The impulse to write a show about India’s independence movement started from existential questions: Can anyone make a difference in the world? What is the artist’s role and how does art intersect with activism? Their journey led them through some incredible opportunities, including a retreat with Live & In Color, a developmental lab with Pace University and headlining Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. All this would not be possible without their close friend and collaborator, Arpita Mukherjee.