The adventures of a 17th Century Maratha warrior king whose unorthodox military tactics humbled the mighty Mughal army is set to be celebrated in London later this month.
‘Jaanta Raja’ is a spectacular play and tells the story of Shivaji Maharaj, a ruler who is widely revered in western India and which has been seen by millions in India.
The three-hour live show will feature some 200 artists depicting various events from Shivaji’ss life and will be staged at London’s Wembley Arena on June 20 and 21.
Highlights include a parade of horses and camels at the royal court, daredevil stunts and elaborate battle sequences.
“(It) offers the people of Europe an opportunity to witness this bygone era,” the show’s organisers said in a release.
Seats for “Jaanta Raja” are available for prices ranging from £30 to £125.
Shivaji is closely linked with regional politics and identity in India’s financial capital Mumbai.
The airport and the city’s iconic main train station are named after the Maratha ruler, who is also one of the symbols of a Hindu cultural revival promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A statue of Shivaji is to be erected off Mumbai’s coast in the Arabian Sea which, when completed, would rival the Statue of Liberty in New York.