Kamala Sankaram: Thumbprint

Kamala Sankaram: Thumbprint

“Sankaram’s tuneful score and standout performance are well worth a listen.” —New York Post

Presented with LA Opera


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An astonishing true story of courage and triumph, Thumbprint explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female victim of gang rape in Pakistan to bring her attackers to justice. In lieu of a financial settlement, she requested that a school be constructed to educate girls. She hoped to educate the young, to help prevent the humiliation of signing their names with only a thumbprint. The story is told through a dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with influences from Hindustani and European opera, and a libretto by Susan Yankowitz, originating from a series of interviews with Mai. 

LA Opera's presentation of  Thumbprint was commissioned and developed by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE, and premiered at the 2014 PROTOTYPE Festival. Thumbprint began as a song-cycle comissioned by Beth Morrison Projects for the 2009 21c Liederabend.

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THU 6/15 - SAT 6/17
8:00 pm
SUN 6/18
2:00 pm
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G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff