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Composed by Kamala Sankaram
Libretto by Susan Yankowitz

Music Directed by Andrew Altenbach
Directed by Johnathon Pape
Assistant Directed by Rukan Khondker
Video Editing and Sound Mixing by Anthony Barfield

This 90-minute contemporary opera-theater experience that explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that led up to an astonishing act of courage. It is inspired by the incredible true story of Mukhtar Mai, the first victim of gang rape to bring her attackers to justice in Pakistan. In lieu of a financial settlement, Mai requested the construction of schools for girls to promote awareness and education.

The libretto originates from a series of interviews with Mai and is set to a dynamic score that fuses Hindustani and European opera influences. The music is written for an ensemble of six singers and six instrumentalists, featuring flute, violin and viola, upright bass, piano/harmonium, and percussion (drums and tabla).

Learn more about Thumbprint and composer Kamala Sankaram at

How to Watch

Boston Conservatory's production of Thumbprint will be performed on August 20, 2021 in Virtual Studio 1, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.