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Published on Sep 16, 2013
Darbar (translated as "the court") highlights the artistic renaissance that took place in the courts of North India as well as the divide and rule methodology used by the British to conquer India and eventually dissolve the same courts. It is the story of a decadent court, a doomed empire -- leaders losing sight of their dharma (duty). It is about a king so drowned in his indulgences that he fails to notice his general being tempted by the British to betray him. Darbar is both a representation of the rich artistic and cultural legacy of the courts of North India as well as a statement about the responsibility of power and risk of corruption. What happens when leaders neglect their Dharma? Were these rulers truly debauched or was this an excuse that allowed the British to assume rule?