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Inspired by the horrific gang rape of illiterate Pakistani woman Mukhtar Mai on orders of a village council, "Thumbprint" is a $150,000 production currently having an eight-night run in a basement theater in Manhattan.Sankaram worked to recreate Mai's world by combining Hindustani music, Western composition, qawwali songs and Bollywood.It is being shown as part of a small chamber music opera festival in its second year.Organizers hope the 90-minute production will eventually tour India and Pakistan.Most singers perform more than one part and the Baruch Performing Arts Center seats just 170 people.Sankaram's "Thumbprint" ends its run at New York's Baruch Performing Arts Center Saturday.
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