Manoj Joshi (back) as “Chanakya” during a performance at ICC in Milpitas, Calif., May 28. (Raj Budwal)


A theater presentation by BollyEvents and Javanika, featuring Manoj Joshi in and as “Chanakya,” May 28, at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif., was a journey back in time to the age of the great Maurya dynasty. – @siliconeer  #siliconeer  #Chanakya  #BollyEvents #Javanika #ManojJoshi #ICC #Milpitas #IndianAmerican


Chanakya was larger than life, one of the most shrewd thinkers, strategist and visionary, yet a simple human being of his time, and to bring to life his legend, is not an easy task. The show “Chanakya” has been running worldwide for over two decades and it was their 982nd performance in Milpitas, Calif.

 “Chanakya” performance at ICC in Milpitas, Calif., May 28. (Raj Budwal)

“Chanakya” performance at ICC in Milpitas, Calif., May 28. (Raj Budwal)

Wonderfully written by Mihir Bhuta with music by Ashit Desai and produced by Charu Joshi, “Chanakya” featured versatile Bollywood and theater actor Manoj Joshi, talented Ashok Bathia from NSD, and seasoned actor Sanjay Bhatiya.

The elaborate set brought to life the Maurya Empire, a great visual sound production reliving 350–275 BCE, a time when Chandragupta Maurya ruled India.

Manoj Joshi as “Chanakya” with organizers Bikramjeet Singh (3rd from r), his wife and son, and crew at ICC in Milpitas, Calif., May 28. (Raj Budwal)

Manoj Joshi as “Chanakya” with organizers Bikramjeet Singh (3rd from r), his wife and son, and crew at ICC in Milpitas, Calif., May 28. (Raj Budwal)

About 500 people attended the performance, with the guest list including Raj Bhanot, Rajendra Soni of PNG Jewelers, Monika Chugh, Virender Chibber, who lighted the lamp and inaugurated the event.

A special mention for Kay Kaur and Ray Walia.

The audience gave a standing ovation that continued for five minutes, honoring the artists.