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Prince Rukmi: Arjuna das
Sri Balarama: Kripamoya das
King of Kalinga: Parividha das
Sri Krishna: Damodara das
Queen Rukmini: Syama Gauri dasi
Aniruddha: Madhava das
Narrator: Michael Carless

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released May 24, 2015

Script by Arjuna das
Additional lines by Parividha das

Voices Recorded by Arjuna das

Sound effects & mixed by Dwarakadisa das

Produced and directed by Parividha das 1997

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Parividha Amsterdam, Netherlands

Parividha das was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1973.

He performed with
the Vaikuntha Players
in New York in 1977
and worked with the Bhaktivedanta Players in England from 1978 to 1985.

He has appeared as John the Baptist & Judas in the musical "Godspell", Mr. Lyons in "Blood Brothers" and Pharaoh & Jacob in "Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".
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Track Name: The Chess Match
SCENE 1

Servant:
My Lord. My Lord, the king of Kalinga is here.

Prince Rukmi:
O, bring him in.

King of Kalinga:
Ha Rukmi.

Prince Rukmi:
Ah, what cheer it brings me to see you. (Sighs)

King of Kalinga:
What’s the matter? You look like you you. What?

Prince Rukmi: (Pours cup with drink)
Do you know what I’m going through?
Do you know what I’m going through?

King of Kalinga:
Hmm?

Prince Rukmi:
Having to entertain a a hundred Yadus!(toast)
Just to deal with one of them is enough to give me chronic indigestion!

King of Kalinga:
T. Then I really don’t understand this eh wedding arrangement Rukmi?

Prince Rukmi:
Oh, my sister! T. I wanted to please Rukmini.

King of Kalinga:
Ah well, such is life! Had I a sister as dear to me as Rukmini is to you, I too would find the circumstances difficult.
So your feeling for your in-laws?

Prince Rukmi:
Ahrrr!

King of Kalinga:
Are obviously somewhat reserved!

Prince Rukmi:
Arrrr!

King of Kalinga:
It will be quite a party then for you!

Prince Rukmi:
O please!
If only I could have killed Krishna, then and there, as he stole Rukmini. Someone should bring him down a few notches, then I would be a happy man!

King of Kalinga:
Now, now Rukmi! That is no way to speak of your guest of honour and guardian of your granddaughter!

Prince Rukmi:
Hah!

King of Kalinga:
Ha. With such a vengeance in your heart, I’m really amazed how you managed to give away your daughter and granddaughter to the Yadus?

Prince Rukmi:
I told you! It was just to please my sister!

King of Kalinga:
I know, I know Rukmi and believe me, my feelings for the Yadus are the same as yours. If we could be rid of the lot of them, and particularly Krishna and Balarama, then the whole world would be a better place. We should put our heads together and decide upon a strategy, by which we may placate our smitten hearts.
Hmm, Let’s think of a way, in which we could repay your in-laws for their infractions on our kith and kin. There is nothing sweeter than revenge Rukmi.

Prince Rukmi:
Tell me of a way that will work and our bond of friendship will be tattered for all time.

King of Kalinga:
Amends must be made for the insults, that have been heaped upon us.

Prince Rukmi:
Yes!

King of Kalinga:
And I have an idea! It may not be a call to arms, but at least it will be a thorn in the side of the Yadus!

Prince Rukmi:
Yes!

King of Kalinga:
Haha. We can make their visit here to Bhojakata an unforgettable experience.

Prince Rukmi:
How? How?

King of Kalinga:
I speak of gambling Rukmi

Prince Rukmi:
Gambling?

King of Kalinga:
You’re expert in it and I know someone who isn’t

Prince Rukmi:
Balarama!

King of Kalinga:
He’ll be the hapless (laughter Rukmi) victim of our little ploy. If the steaks are high enough we will embarrass our wedding party and simultaneously recover our prestige.

Prince Rukmi:
Yes!

King of Kalinga:
All in the spirits of the festivities of the day .. of course.

Prince Rukmi:
Of course! (Both exit laughing)

SCENE 2

Sri Krishna:
Well I must say, Mmm, that was a magnificent feast.

Sri Balarama:
If I’m not mistaken I’d say that old grievances have finally been laid to rest.

Queen Rukmini:
O, I’m so happy! Rocana and Aniruddha, you make such a beautiful couple! Don’t they?

Sri Balarama:
O yes!

Sri Krishna:
Exquisite!

Aniruddha:
Grandfather!

Sri Krishna:
Yes, Aniruddha?

Aniruddha:
We have been so warmly received here. Don’t you think it would be nice in return to invite Rocana’s grandfather to Dvaraka? I’m sure he would appreciate that.

Sri Krishna:
Hmm. You should indeed be most grateful that he has entrusting
his granddaughter to you Aniruddha.

Sri Balarama:
Rocana’s grandfather is a very sensitive man Aniruddha. He sometimes takes things so personally. But despite this, I think that his affections are in the right place now.

Sri Krishna:
We could invite him of course, but whether he would accept it or not.

Sri Balarama:
You see Aniruddha, eh T. Rocana’s grandfather Rukmi promised his sister to his friend Sisupala, but then Lord Krsna abducted her and won her by dint of His courage. And that was a great blow to Rukmi’s pride.

Queen Rukmini:
No-one, but your grandfather could ever have been my husband. But all that took place so long ago! And I’m sure that my brother has forgotten about it now. How else has he given over his beautiful granddaughter to you my child? (All exit)

SCENE 3

Rukmi: (Enters with the king)
Wait! What if he declines to play?

King of Kalinga:
T. He won’t! He is too attached to the game. And besides a ksatriya can’t decline a challenge, hmm?

Prince Rukmi: (Agrees)
Hmm.

Queen Rukmini:
Ah, there is Rukmi.

Sri Balarama:
Rukmi! What a great day it has been for all of us.

Sri Krishna:
We have all dined most excellently!

Sri Balarama:
You have been a most gracious host.

Queen Rukmini:
I’m so happy. These two are a match, made in heaven. Aren’t they Rukmi?

Prince Rukmi:
My dearest sister, whatever it is that satisfies you, that is my pleasure.
And now, if we will all be seated, we can relax and you can tell us more of
the wonders of Dvaraka, Krishna. The finest citadel of what is it? 16108
palaces?

Aniruddha:
More than that! It is the home of all the Yadus!

Prince Rukmi:
My goodness!

Queen Rukmini:
O Rukmi, it is so wonderful us all together like this.

Prince Rukmi:
As I said my dear sister, If you are happy, then I am happy. It is always reassuring to know, that there are those, upon who one can always count as having one’s interest at heart. T. The king of Kalinga my dear sister is exactly like that to me.

King of Kalinga:
No, no.
Prince Rukmi:
It’s true. It is true. Anyway I have been thinking. We should come together
like this more often. We could refresh ourselves with some recreation!

Sri Balarama:
O yes, good idea!

Prince Rukmi:
Anyone for a game of chess? I myself have a passion for the game.

Sri Balarama:
Well, I can’t say no to a game of chess.
King of Kalinga:
Your reputation runs before you (He and Rukmi laughs)

Queen Rukmini:
Eh, couldn’t we do something a little less energetic?
Prince Rukmi:
Energetic? (He and the king laughs) My dear, I can’t think of nothing more sedentary, than a nice game of chess.

King of Kalinga:
Indeed.

Queen Rukmini:
I mean, I mean less exiting. Not.. Not so taxing.

Prince Rukmi:
Taxing?

Queen Rukmini:
Well, you know, competition of any kind is always taxing. Even a game! One still becomes caught up. Isn’t it?

Prince Rukmi:
Whilst ladies may prefer a quieter form of relaxation, do not assume that
the leisure of men should be restricted to talking pleasantries. There are
livelier pursuits of pleasure, that can also give satisfaction and peace to the
mind and heart, especially when one plays to win. Isn’t it Balarama?

Sri Balarama:
O. Yes!

Prince Rukmi:
Here is the board. Your choice of pieces.

Sri Balarama:
White.

Prince Rukmi:
White it is. Eh, what will the steak be?

Sri Balarama:
Hmm? I’ll wager one hundred gold coins.

Prince Rukmi:
A pretty sum. Your move.

Queen Rukmini:
I will take a walk in the gardens. It is such a nice day.

Sri Krishna:
I’ll join you.

Prince Rukmi:
Eh, well don’t be too long! The game may be over sooner then you think.

Queen Rukmini:
Rukmi is a master at chess and he knows it. Why is he so eager to defeat
Balarama?

Sri Krishna:
If they want to have a game of chess devi, then let them. It’s only a game.

Queen Rukmini:
But played for gold!

Prince Rukmi:
Check mate!

Sri Balarama:
Well played.

Prince Rukmi:
Another game?

Sri Balarama:
Why not?

Prince Rukmi:
My move. And check mate!

Sri Balarama:
Let’s have another game.

Prince Rukmi:
If you insist.

Sri Balarama:
I’d like to put the wager up ten times

Prince Rukmi:
Ten thousand? That is a great deal of money Balarama.
Can you afford it?

King of Kalinga: (Laughs)
Can he afford it! (Laughs again)

Sri Balarama:
Ten thousand is my wager! Will you match it?

Prince Rukmi:
Ofcourse!

Sri Balarama:
We’ll begin then. Your move.

Prince Rukmi:
And check mate! (Laughter King)

Sri Balarama:
Something seems to amuse you most heartily? Perhaps you could
tell us what it is that you find so humorous?

King of Kalinga:
Eh eh eh eh. I was just thinking of something funny my servant told me
today. Excuse me.

Sri Balarama:
O maybe you could share the joke with us?

King of Kalinga:
Eh Oh! uh uh. Well actually it isn’t that funny.

Prince Rukmi:
Eh…please! Do not mind my friend, Balaram. We can stop now if you wish?

Sri Balarama:
No, no I wish to continue. I must at least have one more game.
I don’t feel that I have played to my best ability yet.

Prince Rukmi:
Grrr. Grr. Uh Sorry!

Sri Balarama:
I will raise the bet to one hundred thousand coins. Do you agree?

Prince Rukmi:
A hundred thousand? Quite substantial! Very well! (Laughter King)

Sri Balarama:
Now look here! I don’t mind the fact that I’ve lost. You play a
shrewd game, but I object to this inappropriate snorting. I find it
quite distracting!

Prince Rukmi:
I’m sorry. I’m sorry Balarama. Maybe for the sake of the party we should withdraw?

Sri Balarama:
No! Let us continue! Let us begin!

Prince Rukmi:
Very well. One hundred thousand gold coins it is. My move. Check!

Sri Balarama:
Check mate!

Prince Rukmi:
Bbbut You can’t do that!

Sri Balarama:
Can’t do what?

Prince Rukmi:
You eh you you castled your king! Once you castled your king you can’t move! It’s it’s not allowed. It’s a rule of the game!

Sri Balarama:
But I didn’t castle my game!

Prince Rukmi:
Yes you did! Didn’t he?

King of Kalinga:
Hmm? Eh eh Yes! Yes yes yes he did!

Prince Rukmi:
You see! You already castled your king!

Sri Balarama:
In that many moves My castle would be in a far more useful position, had
ever castled My king! But as you can see. My castle is still here!

Prince Rukmi:
Eh I saw you! I saw you doing it and the King of Kalinga saw it
too! This is a transgression of basic rules to obtain an unfair checkmate, which is a criteria for disqualification and I therefore say it is I who am the winner of this game!

Sri Balarama:
It is not true!

King of Kalinga:
Rukmi is right!

Sri Balarama:
Give Me the pieces! (inhales) Let’s start again!

Prince Rukmi:
Bbbbbut but by default I have just won!

Sri Balarama: (Bangs His fist on the table)
Nobody has won then! Let’s begin again! I’m white. You’re black. Make the wager!

Prince Rukmi:
Allright! Let’s play for real stakes! I’ll wager you one hundred million gold coins!

Sri Balarama:
So be it!............... Check mate!

Prince Rukmi:
Huh. How did you? This this is not possible! You did it again!
I win by default! Is it not so Maharaj? Maharaj!

King of Kalinga:
Eh eh uh uh uuuuh Yes yes yes definitely Definitely!

Sri Balarama:
But, it’s not true!

Prince Rukmi:
You hear? I have won definitely by default!
You saw what happened, didn’t you?

King of Kalinga:
Eh yes eh That’s not allowed! It it slipped my attention when he did it, but it is quite clear, that’s what he did!

Prince Rukmi:
T. in all my life I have never seen such trickery in a serious game. Hah!
Look how easily I defeated you in the first three games! How is it possible
that you can suddenly win like this? You have cheated again and therefore I
say that it is I who has won, not you! I have won! What can you know
about playing chess? What could you know?

Voice:
The winner is Balarama. Rukmi’s words are false!

King of Kalinga:
I didn’t hear anything. This is nonsense. Tell him to give you the money
Rukmi! He owes you!

Prince Rukmi:
So? Will you give me your wager? (Enter Krishna & Rukmini)

Sri Balarama:
I will not!

Prince Rukmi:
You won’t? Where is your honour? Where were you brought up?

Queen Rukmini:
Rukmi! Please!

Prince Rukmi:
Be quiet Rukmini! The truth may hurt, but the truth is the truth.
How can a simple cowherd play chess?

Queen Rukmini:
Rukmi!

Prince Rukmi:
Hahahaha! Perhaps he learned it in the forest, while he watched his herd?

Queen Rukmini:
Noooo! Please?

Prince Rukmi:
Is that where you learned it? Is it? Is that where you’ve learned it?
The better player wins the wager and now you owe me the coins!

Sri Balarama:
The better player has won the game! You owe Me!

Prince Rukmi:
No! I won! I won! Hmmm?

King of Kalinga:
Yes yes! He won. He won.

Sri Balarama:
Now listen Rukmi! When you invited us here, I thought you had changed! I’ve always given you the benefit of the doubt! I even pleaded on your behalf, when you had your confrontation with Krishna!

Prince Rukmi:
T. That trickster! Krishna! He steals! It is his nature! In his very childhood
he’d steal butter from his neighbours. He is famous for it! Isn’t he? You
know it!

Sri Balarama:
I would stop if I were you! K+R enter

Prince Rukmi:
He stole my sister! He stole my sister!

Sri Balarama:
I won’t tolerate anymore! Now give Me My gold!

Rukmi:
A true ksatriya is honourable! A true ksatriya will stick to his word and
submit the money..

Queen Rukmini:
Rukmi!

Prince Rukmi:
He has wagered

Queen Rukmini:
Nooo!

Prince Rukmi:
To the winner and I have won! I have won! I have wooon!

Sri Balarama:
Aaaahh! (Queen Rukmini screams)

Narrator:
From one blow of Balaram’s club Rukmi was dead. With the next blow
Balaram broke the teeth of the king of Kalinga, who had so insolently
scoffed. Other princes, supporting Rukmi, thought it wise to run away from
the scene. During the strife between Balaram and Rukmi, Lord Krishna
could not utter a word, for he knew that if He supported Balaram, His dear
Rukmini would be unhappy and if he said that the killing of Rukmi was
unjust, His brother Balaram would be unhappy. Therefore Lord Krishna was
silent at the death of His brother-in-law.

Sri Krishna:
My dear Rukmini, please do not lament. There is something you should know. The king of Kalinga has harboured enmity towards Myself and Balaram for many many lifetimes.
He has only ever thought of trying to do Me harm. Rukmi always considered him his best friend. To tell you frankly, I was therefore always worried about him. Whilst he was your brother in this life. In other lives he may well have been at great odds with your pure devoted feeling for Me.
Dearest Rukmini, you are my eternal queen. Your brother lives on in the spirit of his granddaughter Rocana and she will remain with us.
It was an act of great charity on his part that he gave his grand daughter and although his bitterness to Me was only due to envy, his attachment to you was his saving grace.

Narrator:
The Lord is equally disposed to every living being as He is neither
the friend nor the enemy of anyone.