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3.f. Prachyanat Production Tragedy Polashbari (5)
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TRAGEDY OF POLASHBARI

Playwright & Director: Azad Abul Kalam
Group: Prachyanat, Bangladesh
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins

 

The Play

The play starts with the entry of a garment owner forcing the labour to work, no matter what. The next scene shows garment workers with their everyday routine of working like a machine. Suddenly the building, where the labour is working, collapses and Taravan, the central character, wakes up to find the horror around herself. She is stuck in the debris and about to die in a few moments. But before she breathes her last, she takes a journey of reminiscences, scene by scene, to glance over her yet incomplete life.

 

Director’s Note

The owner of the Spectrum Sweater and Knitting factory is no different from million others who are inhuman in their approach to making money. The nine-storied building of the Spectrum factory at Polashbari in Savar collapsed at midnight on the 11th of April, 2015. The building had been tilting on one side and that night it came down and became a giant heap of rubble. The radio, TV and newspapers were flooded with information on the collapse, the deaths, and the agony.

But sooner than one can imagine, a public swamp was filled up and turned into a modern establishment and machines were running again, making export-oriented garment products. The authorities watched silently since they had already been well-fed.

The debris had turned into a grave of those who had small dreams which were yet to be fulfilled as opposed to the overflowing coffers of greedy, ugly, money-seeking dogs. Tragedy of Polashbari tries to convey the unfulfilled dreams of those simple, hardworking, innocent people.

 

The Director & Playwright

Azad Abul Kalam, born in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 26th of October 1966, is a director, playwright and actor. He received his M.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. In 1997, he, along with some of his colleagues, founded Prachyanat, a theatre troupe which is today one of the prominent theatre platforms in Dhaka. His major directorial works include Circus Circus (1998), Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons (2001), Koinna (2002), Bou Basanti (2004), Raja Ebong Annyanya (2008), Tragedy of Polashbari (2014) etc. He has also worked as a participant and director in Japan, UK and Denmark.

 

The Group

Besides producing four successful full-length plays, Prachyanat has as many as eight different programmes running at Prachyanat School of Acting and Design which was established in 2001. The school has successfully run thirty-six 6 month course batches while its thirty-seventh batch is already underway. Theatre-in-the-Open, Prachyanat for Children, Theatre-lab Production, Prachyanat Research Cell and The Musical Ensemble are part of the group’s creative approach.

 

Cast & Credits

Taravan Parvin Sultana Koli, Parvin Paru, Shahana Sumi
Husband/ Bujan/ Woman 1 Mohammad Rafiq, Proddut Kumar Ghosh
Osman/ Father-in-law/ Mother-in-law Rifat Ahmed Nobel, Sudip Biswas, Shahriar
Villager 1/ Woman 2 Rana Jewel
Villager/ Citizen/ Garment Worker Gopi Devnath, Md. Farhad Ahmed, Moniruzzaman Fuad Bin Idris, Tanzi Kun
Set & Lights Abul Hashnat, Bhuiyan Ripon
Set Assistant Rezaul Reza, Shashanka Saha
Light Assistant Mokhlesur Rahman
Music & Sound Design Neel Kamrul
Choreography Snata Shahrin, Md. Farhad Ahmed
Costume Bilkis Jahan Joba
Props Afsan Anwar
Props Assistance Gopi, Naimee, Raka
Video Art Saiful Islam Jarnal
Video Art Assistant Al-Amin Khandaker, Rayhan Rafi, Rayhan Afser
Poster, Leaflet, Ticket Sabyasachi Hazra
Music & Sound Implementation Chetona Rahman Vasha, Bin-e-Amin Song Collection
Song- Dhu Dhu Ghathay Deiya Theke Rontik Bipu
Costume Assistant Kamrun Nahar Moni
Video Voice Heera Choudhury, Aref Syed
Photography Zaid Islam, Prajna
Set Making Dip, Fuad, Arif, Raju, Rana, Avik, Pavel, Adnan, Evon, Atik, Emon, Ripa, Rita, Rinku
Light Provider Spotlight
Hall Management Prachyanat Members
Production Management Rifat Ahmed Nobel
Production Management Assistance Md. Sohel Rana
Overall Supervision Saiful Islam Jarnal
Installation ABS Xem
Mask Amy Trumpeter
Special Gratitude Humayun Kabir Himu, Idelic Design, Rajib-un-Nabi, Channel 24
Directorial Assistant Prajna Tasnuva Rubayyat
Assistant Directors Jagonmoy Paul, Bakar Bakul
Playwright & Director                                  Azad Abul Kalam

Contacts

Prachyanat

278/3(3rd Floor) Katabon Dhal

Katabon Elephant Road, Dhaka

Bangladesh – 001205

M: +880 1712078123, 1819929397, 1715004075

E: prachyanat@gmail.com, azadak26@yahoo.com

W: www.prachyanat.org

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MAHISHASURA MARDINI (Purulia Chhau)

Director: Paresh Prasad Parit
Group: Purulia Chhau Dance Academy, Jharkhand
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins

 

The Form

Chhau is a traditional dance-drama performed during the Chaitra festival (April-May) in the adjoining districts of the three bordering states of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as stories from the Puranas, and those from everyday life, are portrayed through this masked dance form. A Chhau troupe consists of 15-20 artists. The musical instruments used are drums (dhol) and flute (shehnai).

 

The Play

The performance begins with an invocation to Lord Ganesha, and then to Lord Kartikeya.

Mahishasura, a demon who has created terror in the world of the gods, has captured heaven, earth and the nether world. Goddess Durga, who rides a lion and has been bestowed upon with weapons from Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh to fight Mahishasura, after a long battle slays him.

 

The Director

Paresh Prasad Parit is a well-known artist of Purulia Chhau and is popularly known as Guru Paresh Kumar. He is an M. A. in History and a trained dancer, musician, composer and choreographer who is dedicated to this art since childhood. His inspirations have been Padma Shri Gambhir Singh Mura, Padma Shri Nepal Mahto, Ustad Juru Kumar, Ustad Laal Mahto, Ustad Rasu Sahis, Ustad Gopal Suri (Mandal), and his own parents. He was trained under Chhau Guru Sudhir Kumar who is an international famed artist of Purulia Chhau. He has struggled for the preservation and promotion of Purulia Chhau in the borderlands of West Bengal & Jharkhand, hoping for a bright future of this traditional form. He has received the Fellowship for Purulia Chhau from the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He has also been awarded the Panchal Ratna Award from All India Cultural Association (Regd.), Chhau Guru Award, MRD cultural award, and Jharkhand Sanskritik Samman. He is a member of CCRT Regional Selection Committee under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

 

The Group

Purulia Chhau Dance Academy was founded in 1985. The group is based in the village Jamdih, under Tila Panchayat, Nimdih block of Seraikela Kharsawan, a district state of Jharkhand in India and a border-land area of West Bengal. It is a troupe and training centre aiming to preserve and promote Purulia Chhau. The dancers and musicians of the group are farmers, farm labourers and students. Although the academy is dedicated to Purulia Chhau, it actively participates in social service as well. It is registered under the Govt. of Jharkhand and empanelled under Indian Council for Cultural Relations. It has performed in cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Gurgaon, Bareilly, Agra, Jaipur, Baripada etc. The academy has received many prizes and awards in festivals and fairs held at different places in India.

 

Cast & Credits

Lord Ganesha Swapan Machhua
Lord Kartikeya Gunadhar Kumar
Goddess Durga Falari Kumar
Demon Mahishasur Dhiren Singh
Devil Lakhindar Machua, Parmeshwar Majhi,
  Alang Chand Kumar, Sudip Yogi
Laxmi Gansh Karmakar
Saraswati Gayapati Mahato
Lion Ram Nath Singh, Ram Charan Singh
Peacock Bhut Nath Machua
Dhol Dhar Kalindi
Shahnai Shikant Kalindi
Maracas Bibhuti Singh
Tasa / Nagara Purna Kalindi
Casio Bhism Dev Machhua
Prompter Udai Mahali
   
Director & Group Leader     Paresh Prasad Parit

      

Contacts

Purulia Chhau Dance Academy

Jamdih, P.O. Tilla

P.S. Nimdih, S.D. Chandil

Distt. Seraikela Kharsawan

Jharkhand – 832401

M: +91 8709364919, 9955332690

E: pareshkumar99@gmail.com

 

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GANGA PUTRA BHISHMA (Jatra)

Playwright: Sunil Choudhury
Director: Ruma Dasgupta
Group: Sri Chaitanya Opera, West Bengal
Language: Bengali
Duration: 3 hrs

 

The Form 

Jatra is a popular folk-theatre form of all the Bengali speaking areas of the Indian subcontinent, including Bangladesh and the Indian states of BiharAssamOrissa, Tripura and West Bengal. The word ‘Jatra’ means journey or travel. The origin of Jatra, intrinsically a musical theatre form, is credited to the rise of Sri Chaitanya‘s Bhakti movement. Chaitanya himself played Rukmini in the performance of Rukmini Haran (The abduction of Rukmini) from Krishna‘s life-story, a first definite presentation of this theatrical spectacle. The performance, which lasted through the night in 1507 AD, has been described in Chaitanya Bhagavata, Chaitanya’s hagiography by a disciple Vrindavana Dasa Thakura.

 

The Play
Being cursed, the eight demi-gods, Ashtabasu, were born as the children of Ganga, the queen of Hastinapur. She sacrificed seven of them but when it came to the eighth, Debabrata, the King did not let her to do so. Having taken certain severe oaths, Debabrata was honoured by the name Bhishma. He conquered the province of Gandhar, imprisoned the King along with his hundred sons and made the princess marry his blind nephew. The king’s elder son, Shakuni, survived and decided to avenge Hastinapur. Thus came about the fierce battle called Mahabharata at Kurukshetra.

 

Director’s Note
The Jatra Pala named Ganga Putra Bhishma is based on the world-famous Indian epic The Mahabharata. Our work is a theatrical version of the basic thoughts of the epic which unfolds the dialectics of war and peace, hatred and love, greed and sacrifice. The play is not only meant as a biographic tale of Ganga’s and Bhishma’s life and sacrifices, but also an analysis of the salutary instructions in the epic.

 

The Director
Ruma Dasgupta, the eminent personality of Bengali Jatra stage, is a professional actor, director, composer and teacher. She has been on the professional Jatra stage as an actress since 1981. Smt. Dasgupta has acted-in and directed more than hundreds of Palas. She has received many awards and felicitations and is an honourable member of West Bengal Jatra Academy in which she has trained many students through workshops. At present she is the director of Sri Chaitanya Opera, a company of progressive Jatra performance.

 

The Playwright
Sunil Choudhury, the eminent Jatra personality of Bengal, is a professional playwright, director who has written many successful Jatra Palas like Prithibir Pathshala, Rongini Champaboti, Taalpatar Sepai, Ogo Bishnupriya, Dhuli, Noti Tarasundori etc. He has received many awards and felicitations including the Dishari Award from West Bengal Journalist Association.

 

The Group
The descent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the culture of Jatra in the Bengal province. Sri Chaitanya Opera is dedicated to His path of harmony and peace by preaching love. The Opera was founded in 2015 by the veteran benevolent of Bangla Jatra, Shri Swapan Debnath and his S.P.S. Enterprise. Around fifty artists and workers, including their families, are fully dependent on the Opera.

 

Cast & Credits

Ganga Ruma Dasgupta
Shakuni Amit Kanti Ghosh
Bhishma Avijit Sarkar
Arjun Arijit Lahiri
Karna Arindam Bhattacharya
Krishna Kumar Nabab
Byasdeb, Drupadraj, Narak Amit Kumar
Duryodhan Arup Chakrabarti
Maharaj Shantanu/Dhritarashtra/
Rishi Dhoumya Ashok Banerjee
Matkun/Dusshasan/Abhimanyu Chandan Kumar
Parashar/Yudhishthir  Manas Chatterjee
Draupadi Urvashi
Satyavati Nisha Mukherjee
Bhimsen  Chanchal Dey
Amba  Miss Sohag
Gandhari   Santoshi Sengupta
Kritaghnabarma  Timir Mondal
Ahlladi    Sagarika
Dhibar Raj Ghandhapani/Shalyaraj  Haradhan

 

Synthesizer Player Pranab Dutta
Flute Player Sunil Ghosh
Clarionet Player Khudiram
Maity Table, Dhol Player Sachin Majhi
Percussion Player Rabindra Jana
Octopad Player Prabir Haldar
Sound Control Ram  Mondal
Light Projection Haru Kundu
Backstage Lakkhi, Shambhu, Robi, Sirajul, Babulal
Costume &
Property Management Dulal, Sudarshan
Music Director  Swapan Pakrashi
Lyricist  Ujjal Biswas
Choreography Partha Sarathi
Light & Sound S. Sargam
Office Manager Tapan Pramanik, Gora Mondal
Represented by Kanak Bhattacharya
Main Adviser Shri Swapan Debnath
Produced by S. P. Enterprise
Group Managers Narottam Bhattacharya, Nihar Ranjan Ghosh
Main Field Manager
& Group Conductor Haradhan Roy
Playwright                                                     Sunil Choudhury
Director                                                          Ruma Dasgupta

Contacts

Sri Chaitanya Opera

386, Rabindra Sarani

Kolkata- 700006

M: +91 9836026444

E: haradhan61.shikhabullu@gmail.com

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GHORAMUKHO PALA (THE HORSE-FACED OPERA)

Playwright: Girish Karnad
Director: Sanjib Ray
Group: Kathakriti, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins

 

The Play

Kapil and Devdutta of Dharmapur are the heroes of our play. One comes from a Brahmin family and the other is a blacksmith’s son. Devdutta falls in love with the daughter of a gold-merchant, Padmini. He vows that if he marries Padmini, he would sacrifice his hands to Ma Kali, and his head to Rudra Dev. Eventually, Devdutta marries Padmini. They visit Ujjayini when Padmini is pregnant. Devdutta becomes furious when he discovers the intimacy between Kapil and Padmini. Sending Kapil and Padmini to the Rudra temple, he goes to the Kali temple and cuts his head off near the feet of Ma Kali. When Kapil returns, he sacrifices his life seeing his friend lying beheaded. Padmini too moves to do the same but Goddess Kali appears and stops her. Abiding by the direction of the goddess, she fixes the heads of Kapil and Devdutta, but on each other’s body. Although the two friends are offered life again by the grace of Ma, their heads are transposed…

 

Director’s Note

In 1972, Girish Karnad himself translated his play Hayavadana from Kannada into English in the eminent Theatre Journal Enact. The director of the Bengali theatre troupe Nakshatra, Shri Shyamal Ghosh requested the poet and litterateur Shri Shankha Ghosh to translate the play into Bengali at the earliest as the group was determined to stage it as their next production. Unfortunately, it was never performed by the group. Shyamal Ghosh before his demise entrusted Kathakriti to perform this play and it was revised by poet Shankha Ghosh. The present project is thus a modest endeavour of Kathakriti to accomplish the unfulfilled dream of Late Shyamal Ghosh, their preceptor.

 

The Director

Sanjib Ray, a retired Senior Manager in Allahabad Bank, has directed 9 one-act and 19 full-length plays for Kathakriti. He joined Nakshatra in 1967 and worked with legends like Shyamal Ghosh, Mohit Chattopadhyay, Mamata Chattopadhyay and Navendu Sen; and later worked under the direction of Jnanesh Mukherjee and Sohag Sen. Sanjib joined the drama section of Yuvavani under Akashvani as a news reader, actor, producer and reciter in 1969. He actively participated in audio plays by Akashvani commercial broadcasting. In 1989, he formed his own group Kathakriti and has remained its President-Director. He has also been the chief editor of Kathakriti Natyapatra since its inception. He was awarded the Dishari Purashkar as Best Director twice and the Ritwick Ghatak Memorial Award also as Best Director.

Recently a book, narrating his tireless journey in theatre for the last 50 years, was published and unveiled by eminent actress Smt. Maya Ghosh. At the book launch a number of eminent personalities spoke on his excellence and benevolence.

 

The Playwright

Girish Karnad (May 19, 1938 – June 10, 2019) was an Indian playwright, author, actor, and film director whose movies and plays, written largely in Kannada, explore the present by way of the past.

 

The Group

Kathakriti has staged 9 short plays and 19 full-length plays till date under the direction of Shri Sanjib Ray. Kathakriti has also initiated audio plays, workshops and seminars on theatre, in different schools and colleges. It has also performed during the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan under the Central Ministry. Since its inception, Kathakriti holds a drama festival every year on the occasion of its birthday. The publication Kathakriti Natyapatra is also an asset for drama enthusiasts.

 

Cast & Credits

On Stage Sanjib Ray, Ashok Ganguly, Nabanita Mukherjee Das, Shambhu Nath Shaw, Dipankar Haider, Bindia Ghosh, Kinjal Nanda, Parijat Das
Dance & Chorus Jayanta Ghosh, Shraddha Chanda, Poulami Bag,
Barnamala Chatterjee, Sayani Roy, Chowdhury Laboni Sarkar,  
Mithun Gupta  
Singers & Accompanists Shubhadeep Guha,  Sushruta Goswami, Pritam Ghosh, Shubhajit Dev, Susmita Sarma, Jayanta Saha
Set Chanchal Haider
Light & Accompanists Dipankar Dey, Ashim Das, Arup Das
Make-up Biswajit Haldar
Backstage Management Sourav Chatterjee, Bapi Sarkar, Arup Kumar Deb
Team Leader Debasish Naskar
Playwright                              Girish Karnad
Director                                  Sanjib Ray

 

Contacts

Director, Kathakriti

TG 2/10, Teghoria

Kolkata- 700157

Ph: (033) 24260404

M: +91 9836444886

E: tgkathakriti@gmail.com

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GEET GOBINDO

 

Playwright& Director: Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay
Group: Kolkata Creative Art Performers, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 45 mins

 

The Play

Baba Thakur, who believes in humanity, finds a six-month old baby-boy and Raghu- a bohurupee (folk artist), on the same day. He names the boy Gobindo and establishes an ashram, Satyashanti Dham on the banks of a picturesque river, Ajay. Frequented mostly by those who have been either marginalized by their families or the society, it becomes an abode of hope, love, peace, music, laughter and happiness that inter-twines them into a single thread. Prayers of all religions are observed during meditation. An administrator, Brajonath (Braja) is a confidant of Baba Thakur. Gobindo leaves for a countrywide tour for a period of three years to experience the world. Meanwhile Geet (Ayesha), shunned by her husband for being a music lover, takes refuge in the ashram. On returning, Gobindo develops a special friendship with Geet that is quite apparent to all, , which, Geet very beautifully describes as purely plutonic and is confident that it will not disturb the fabric of the ashram. Braja is not convinced of it and Gobindo doesn’t accept it to be just that. Baba Thakur tries to resolve the issue, but it takes a horrific turn due to Braja’s overt interference.

 

Director’s Note

Geet Gobindo is an opinion, a chetavani that the time has come for – being human! With the advent of the microchip, access to information and communication has become extremely efficient and easy. The story of Geet Gobindo is an age old concept; a pathway of how to remain humane and the beauty of it is that it is already so well-known to us, the homo-sapiens commonly called human beings! Unfortunately, though time-tested, such renderings which propagates qualities or good practices like balanced faith based habits, ahimsa, humility, being generous are like coffee-table glossy publications; it feels great to just flip through them but not adopt them as our user-guide! Woven with Bengal’s lilting folk music forms, Geet Gobindo is intended to be like a whiff of fresh unpolluted air to oxygen-starved people gasping to breathe normally – for being human…

 

The Director & Playwright

A first class postgraduate from Rabindra Bharati University in direction, Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay has done a 5 years training course in mime. He was a resource person for a theatre workshop in Sikkim. He has also participated in an intensive theatre workshop of NSD. He has been instrumental in the formation of approximately 30 theatre self-help groups in rural West Bengal and has worked with prostitutes, destitute and children as a therapy to their mental health difficulties with the help of theatre. Kingsuk has written 23 full-length and 11 short plays, and directed more than 25 productions. He has been awarded for his achievements as a young talented director/actor/writer. He has received recognition from the Kolkata Police, Minerva Repertory and Dishari, for his production Banglar Mukh.

 

The Group

Kolkata Creative Art Performers began its theatre journey in 2001. Since then it has been promoting proscenium and street theatre along with drama workshops. ‘Let’s Change’ is its initiative for socio-mental development of school children of Kolkata. The group has performed at the East Zone Cultural Center, 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav and Theatre Olympics at the National School of Drama. The group organises an annual ticketed Bango Natya Utsav. A part of the proceeds are reserved for medical insurance for needy artists in case of medical emergencies.

 

Cast & Credits

Baba Thakur Prasun Bandyopadhyay
Raghu Anupam Mukherjee
Brajonath Tonmoy Sarkar
Gobindo Rakesh Kumar Sen
Sumangal Rakesh Mandal
Suman Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay
Jagannath Soumyo Chatterjee
Badal Arijit Ghosh
Ghosai Tonmay Biswas
Sushanta Sushanta Manna
Ramendra Ramendranath Roy
Student Sourojyoti Bandyopadhyay
Bithi Shila Chakraborty
Prova Anamika Dhar
Biraj Kabya Kashyap
Malini Lilima Biswas
Geet Soumita Banerjee
Music Composition Tanmay Biswas
Light Operation Sentu-Kartick
Make-up Sukhendu Bhandari
Costume Making Anamika Dhar
Music Operation Sanjib Ghosh
Set Design & Calligraphy Sanjay Sarkar
Set Making Udai Gyne
Back Stage                               Sushil Krishna Sen, Tanmoy Dutta
Management                            Siba Prasad Das
Playwright & Director                       Kingsuk Bandyopadhyay

 

Contacts

Kolkata Creative Art Performers

Subhas Palli, Madhyamgram Bazar,

Kolkata- 700130, West Bengal

M: +91 9830043568, 9830317809

E: kolkatacaps@gmail.com

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Damini Hay

Playwright: Chandan Sen
Director: Meghnad Bhattacharya
Group: Sayak, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

 

The Play

Damini Hay is an elaborate and symbolic portrayal of how a woman stricken by poverty remains unburdened by it. The play is a tribute to a woman’s inner strength and ability to rise above problems such as grinding poverty. The situation of the play is a poverty-stricken, out-of-the-way village of Bengal where hunger, exploitation, greed, and deception reign unbridled, and the poorest subalterns living there grow-up believing everything is an unchangeable lot.

 

Director’s Note

The space between the parameters of poverty and utopia is difficult to describe and justify. The play moves between the real and the surreal, between poverty and hunger, and dreams of utopia and motherhood. The play is also concentrated on well established truths about poverty and exploitation, most of which is man-made. Simultaneously it pays tribute to a woman’s inner strength and ability to rise above grinding poverty.

The set design demonstrates an experiment of a dwelling place that is visually in ruins and is a representation of the stark reality of poverty that has gripped even those who claim the right to live. The light and music have been designed to describe the dreams of motherhood that the protagonist has.

 

The Director

Meghnad Bhattacharya has directed the translations as well as adaptations of plays by great masters like Tolstoy, Brecht, Schedrin, Somerset Maugham and Moliere. His noted play productions are Dui Hujurer Gappo, Gnan Briksher Fol, Daibaddha, Bashbhumi, Badhutantra, Karnaboti, Aa Awa Ka Kha, Sanjhbela, Dildar, Pinki Buli, Dhrubatara, Damini Hay, Passing Show, Premkatha etc. Meghnad has also directed three plays in Canada produced by Prabasi Toronto in 2006, 2008, 2013 and three plays in USA, one produced by Epic Actors’ Workshop in 2013, and two by Spotlight Columbus in 2015 and 2016. He has also directed a play Charduar by Gandhar Kolkata in 2002. Apart from theatre Meghnad has directed several TV plays in different channels and has also acted in at least 50 TV serials and films.

 

The Playwright

One of the frontline playwrights of Bengal, Chandan Sen has written more than hundred plays including his adaptations and inspired works of Schedrin, Chekov, Tolstoy, Lorca, Eugene O’ Neil, Sartre, Brecht and others for the Bengali Theatre. His plays have been translated in Hindi, Assamese, Oriya, and Telugu.

 

The Group

Sayak has the pride distinction of staging more than 3000 performances of 26 full length and 7 short plays, not only in all corners of West Bengal but also in different parts of the country and in countries like U.S.A. Canada, Bangladesh and Kuwait. Sayak, with its large involvement in multifarious theatrical activities has built a theatre hall Bijon Theatre, in North Kolkata. The group also conducts lectures on dramaturgy, and organises festivals of selected Bengali plays and children theatre workshops, and publishes a yearly theatre journal Sayak Natyapatra.

 

Cast & Credits

Lakshmikanta Biswanath Roy
Ganesh Pradip Das
Kartick Uttam Kumar Dey
Damini Kathakali
Jabali Aruna Mukherjee
Judhistir (Chief) Subrata Bhawol
Kalyan (Head Clerk) Dhurjati De
Bonomali (Tout) Meghnad Bhattacharya
Chakka Ajoy Sankar Banerjee
Panja Goutam Sen
Gunga Jayanta Das
Farash Samar Das
Villagers & Ghosts  Kartick Maitra, Santanu Bhattacharya, Susanta Dasgupta,                                             Samir Deb, Prasenjit Kundu, Samiran Bhattacharya, Parimal Chakraborty
Music Subhendu Maity
Light Joy Sen
Stage Soumik, Piyali
Choreography Subhendu Mukherjee, Kabir Sen Barat
Make-up Panchanan Manna
Light Operator Somenath Chattapadhyay
Background Music Swapan Bandhopadhyay
Music Operator Asit Maitra
Story                                         Amar Mitra
Playwright                              Chandan Sen
Director                                  Meghnad Bhattacharya

Contacts

Director, Sayak

C/o 192 G, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road.

Shyambazar, Kolkata- 700 004

Ph: 033-25551973

M: +91 9230517473, 9830716207

E: sayak_theatre@yahoo.co.in

theatresayak@gmail.com

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CHARANDAS CHOR

Story: Vijaydan Detha
Director: Basudeb Hui
Group: Samatat Sanskriti, Uttarpara
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 55 mins

 

The Play

Charandas was a known thief with a razor sharp brain. He was famous for his unique modus operandi. He used to steal or snatch by talking people into his trap. Charandas also enjoyed deceiving the ‘habildar’ or the constable. One day he came across a Guru; that too while running from the constable. The Guru said that to be his disciple Charandas needs to make a vow and renounce something. Taking this to be fun, Charandas made four funny promises of renunciation. He took the vow of renouncing lie and falsehood. Strangely enough he followed the path of truthfulness without deviating from his ‘dharma’ of stealing. He became a truthful thief. Then in his life came the queen, the minister, the royalty and the crown. Can he stick to his truthfulness under the magnanimous pressure of power?

 

Director’s Note

Lack of trustworthiness is the most grievous and outrageous social problem of our society. Everything which we try to plan and achieve for the sake of our country men, becomes unsuccessful due to falsehood and unfair means in every step of development. We need to be true to our inner self with the virtue of mankind. Charandas Chor is a thief who portrays truthfulness on the canvas of craftiness and deceit of the society. Though theft is evil, here it is merely an imagery. Charandas is loyal to his work and words. Huge temptations and enticement can’t deter Charandas from his oaths. This story can be a pathfinder to the present generation of people to lead a life with dignity and to stand with truthfulness in every situation. Our “Charandas Chor” is inspired by Vijaydan Detha’s story, which is based on the Rajasthani folktale. Based on these texts and folklores our play has been devised and adapted by the director and actors of Samatat Sanskriti. The text has also been contextualized in the perspective of Bengal. This play is a tribute to Habib Tanvir who made it a classic.

 

The Director

Basudeb Hui is a graduate from Birla Institute of Technology. He took a ten-week intensive theatre workshop conducted by the National School of Drama under Prasanna, Barry John, Badal Sircar, Shyamanand Jalan, B.M. Shah, Devendra Raj Ankur, Suresh Bharadwaj and Pankaj Saxena. He also attended the movement, body language and acting workshop of Badal Sircar organized by British Council in Kolkata. Basudeb was a performer in Calcutta Youth Choir under the leadership of Ruma Guha Thakurta. He formed Samatat Sanskriti, Uttarpara in the year 2000.

 

The Story Writer

Vijaydan Detha (1926 – 2013), also known as Bijji, was a noted writer from Rajasthan and a recipient of the Padmashri, Sahitya Akademi, and many other awards. Detha has more than 800 short stories to his credit, which have been translated into English and other languages. With Komal Kothari, he founded Rupayan Sansthan, an institute that documents Rajasthani folklore, art, and music.

 

The Group

Samatat Sanskriti started its journey in 2000 as a theatre and cultural organization. Well-known theatre groups Sudrak and Nandikar helped Samatat in its first eight years. Samatat’s theatre festival, Samatat Natyamela is dedicated to diseased and distressed theatre workers. Samatat is continuing its work in theatre-in-education, youth and children workshops, trainee-trainers workshops, and regular actor training classes. Samatat started producing its own plays independently since 2008 and has more than 25 productions and nearly 500 shows to its credit. Samatat has participated in collaboration programmes with Sweden, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Multiple students from Samatat have participated in intensive theatre workshops organised by NSD and Sangeet Natak Akademi.

 

 

Cast & Credits

Charandas Chor Soumyadeb Hui
Habildar Anuran Basuroy
Gurudev Abhijit Mukherjee
Landlord Milan Chakrabarty
Mohila Hrithika Roy Chowdhury
Farmer/Santri Sourav Nandy
Drunkard Ashish Kumar Roy
Gambler/Priest Arghya Samanta
Gajakhor/Santri Uttaran Banerjee
Tetku Sourav Das
Announcer/Munim Arghyadeep Dey
Minister Subhadeep Sadhukhan
Rani Prerana Roy
Dashi Rakhi Kundu
Rajpurahit Tarun Prasad Dutta
Chorus Daita Chatterjee, Soumili Knarar, Anushka Roy, Trisha Bhoumik, Poushali Das
Singers, Musicians Joy Thakur, Sucharita Hui
Musician Alok Pal
Light Sadhan Parui, Chinmoy Ghosh, Samar Parui
Make-up Mahua Roy
Asst. Director Soumyadeb Hui, Anuran Basuroy
Story Writer               Vijaydan Detha
Director                      Basudeb Hui

 

Contacts

Director, Samatat Sanskriti, Uttarpara

209, Jay Krishna Street, P.O – Uttarpara

Distt. Hooghly West Bengal – 712258

M: +91 9831051262

E: basudeb_hui@yahoo.co.in

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UPAL BHAADURY…TALE OF A DEAD STAR

Playwright & Director: Rakesh Ghosh
Group: Dum Dum Shabdomugdho Naatyokendra, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins

 

The Play

Upal Bhaadury…Tale of a Dead Star is based on the life of a living legend Sri Chapal Bhaduri. He is a renowned female impersonator in Bengali Jatra. As a teenager, after the death of his mother, Chapal Bhaduri came to perform in Jatra for the purpose of raising money due to severe poverty. His voice was girlish, so he got a chance to play female roles. For this, he had to endure humiliation by the society. After a while, Chapal Bhaduri became ‘Chapal Rani’. Gradually he became a popular actor and a star of Jatra world. But the moment female artists joined the Jatra, Chapal Rani was rejected. The ‘rani’ began to work as a servant in households for survival. In exchange for a little money, he started singing bhajans in front of the temples, slums and streets of Kolkata. Someone from theatre saw his performance and gave him an opportunity to perform in theatre. According to Chapal, Jatra has given him money, but theatre has given him respect. Chapal Bhaduri has played the role of Upal Bhaduri in this play.

 

Director’s Note

What does a creative artiste desire? He wants wealth, fame, honour. But all of these become insubstantial at a certain point in his life. What drives him relentlessly is an intense desire to create exquisite art. This drive gives him fulfilment, guiding him to explore new horizons in his creativity.

Upal Bhaadury…Tale of a Dead Star is not just a play, but also the journey of an actor who has devoted his life to art. His life is a tutorial to be followed not only by actors but by artists from any field. The play takes on a complex, layered and nuanced meaning, stirring up in its vortex all the intricate shades of love, dependence, endearment, affection, desire, illusion and… betrayal. It is a strange conflict between the flesh and the spirit, the performing body and the soul, the inner workings of the artiste’s mind and its manifestation in performance.

I felt the importance of making the audience aware of this forgotten ‘rani’ or ‘diva’ of Bengali theatre, and bring him again into limelight when he is in his 80’s, when he is all alone staying in an old age home in his last days. It is a tribute to our beloved Jatra-diva Chapal Rani.

 

The Director & Playwright

Rakesh Ghosh is a professional playwright, director & actor for theatre, television & films. In the beginning, he joined Dwandik, a Howrah based theatre group & performed in its plays. He also worked with the theatre group Natadha. In 2006 he formed his own theatre group Shabdomugdho for which he writes and directs plays. Rakesh has worked with legendary theatre personalities. He has worked under Sri Manoj Mitra. His group had been selected for National Theatre Festival organized by State Govt. of West Bengal in 2017 & 2019. Rakesh Ghosh has worked as a writer and assistant director for television serials and films. He has also acted in short films, television serials & telefilms. Presently he is working with Star Jalsa as a story developer and script writer.

 

The Group

Dum Dum Shabdomugdho Naatyokendra was established in the year 2006. The organization has produced 16 contemporary productions till date and has performed all over West Bengal, in the 20th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and at 4th National Theatre Festival 2018 organized by Minerva Natasanskriti Charcha Kendra, Natya Mela.

 

Cast & Credits

Upal Bhaadury Chapal Bhaduri
Gour Mohan Rakesh Ghosh
Madhab Pradip Roy
Pratap Jayesh Laha
Masterji Nilanjan Saha
Chorus Aninda Roy, Prasenjit Kundu, Raja Rajbhar, Abhijit Dutta, Rahul Roy, Abhi Banerjee, Barnali Roy Chowdhury, Sampreeti Chakraborty, Priyanka Das, Pampa Goswami, Ranjan Bose
Light Design Debabrat Sarkar
Scenography Atanu Sarkar
Music Recording & Mixing Abhijit Acharya & Jagmohan Singh
Make-up SK Israfil
Costume Ranjan Bose
Sound Operator Bandan Mishra
Art Setup Manindra Bera
Vocals Ranjan Bose, Abhijit Acharya, Prakriti Dutta, Jagmohan Singh
   
Playwright & Director                       Rakesh Ghosh
   

 

Contacts

Dum Dum Shabdomugdho Naatyokendra

F-26/5, Karunamoyee Housing Estate

Salt Lake City, Kolkata- 700091

M: +91 9830174823, 7044237333, 9339538902

E: dumdum.shabdomugdho@gmail.com

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RANI CREUSA

Playwright: Bratya Basu
Director: Sujan Mukhopadhyay
Group: Chetana, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

 

The Play

The childless couple of ancient Athens, Greece, King Xuthus and his gorgeous wife Queen Creusa, seeks the blessing of God Boreas and then visits God Apollo’s temple in Delphi. Priestess Daphnis informs Creusa, daughter of King Erectheus, about the oracle of God Apollo that the royal couple will soon bear a male child, Doris. But till the prophecy comes true, they will have to adopt the attractive and handsome young man, Ion, who has grown up in the temple and crown him the prince of Athens. While King Xuthus happily agrees to obey the divine command, the Queen does not. As the King goes ahead with the plan of the adoption ceremony Creusa loses her cool and conspires with her servant Danius to kill Ion by poisoning his drink. Danius fails to carry out her order and gets caught red handed. Aghast, Ion returns to the temple of Delphi. Creusa admits her role in this conspiracy publicly. King Xuthus has no option but to initiate the trial for justice in a democracy. The arguments and counter arguments in the trial come to an abrupt end after the sudden appearance of Delphi’s chambermaid, Pythia. The truth about Ion’s birth leaves the royal couple stunned and overwhelmed…

 

Director’s Note

There lies an innate resemblance in almost all the stories of tragedy of human conflicts and political conspiracies; and of the great wars waged by men. The most significant resemblance lies in their staying relevant throughout the years. Therefore, to rediscover the age-old mythical tale of ‘Ion and Creusa’, Bratya Basu penned Queen Creusa, a tragic-satire. In the play, where the people demand retribution for a sacrilegious crime committed by the Queen herself, the hypocrisies of the elite are elucidated and illuminated as the fallacies hidden in the constitutional structure.

 

The Director

Sujan Mukhopadhyay has acted in about 30 plays and written several scripts for theatre, television and cinema. He was awarded the Stagecraft Award for Ghasiram Kotwal and Popular Viewer’s Choice Award for Don..Take Bhalo Lage. He has performed in Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Chennai and all the major cities of India, as well as USA. He has also directed a Bengali feature film Chocolate (available on Netflix).

 

The Playwright

Bratya Basu is an accomplished theatre artist, a playwright and director who started his career as a sound operator. He is a theatre thinker and activist, and has served Bengali theatre for nearly 20 years. His plays have been staged by eminent directors and a compilation of his plays has been published in three volumes.

 

The Group

Chetana was founded in 1972. It has produced 33 full-length Plays and 13 short Plays in its journey of 46 years. Chetana received numerous awards and citation from various cultural institutions. It has organised a number of Theatre Festivals, Seminars and Workshops etc., and performed in all the districts of West Bengal and in almost all the major cities of India. Chetana has staged different plays in the Theatre Festivals organised by the National School of Drama and Sangeet Natak Akademi. It has toured USA and Canada with its productions in 1980 and 1990. Chetana performed Mareech Sangbad in Bourdeaux (France) in 1999. Sponsored by the ICCR it took part in the Ibsen International Theatre Festival held in Oslo (Norway) in 2004 and performed in London (UK) the same year.

 

Cast & Credits

Rani Creusa Nivedita Mukhopadhyay
Glaucas Supriya Dutta
Raja Xuthus Shaheb Chattopadhyay
Ion Subhra Sourav Das
Eziptus Tarun Bhattacharyya
Senior Priest Amitabha Ghosh
Danaus Sushovan Guha
Orion Rahul Sen Roy
Petroclus Rajat Narayan Bhattacharya
Clotho Somrashmi Ghosh
Lachesis Monalisa Das
Atropos Ashmita Ghosh
Pythia Ruma Bakhuli
Daphnis Santwana Banerjee
Singer Daayaad Mukherjee
Chorus Parikshit Ghosh, Debashis Naskar, Biswajit Nayak,
  Prateek Banerjee, Parag Roy, Sayan Maji
Music Prabuddha Banerjee
Light Soumen Chakraborty
Sound Anindyo Nandy
Costume Prabal Mondal
Make-up Ayon Ghosh
Set Partha Majumdar
Vocalists Dipanwita Chowdhury, Dibyendu Mukherjee, Sujan Mukhopadhyay, Shaheb Chattopadhyay, Prabuddha Banerjee, Bodhisattwa Banerjee
Assistant Director Snehansu Biswas
Playwright                  Bratya Basu
Director                      Sujan Mukhopadhyay

 

 

Contacts

Chetana

131, N.S.C. Bose Road, Govt. Housing Est.

Block-7, Flat 2 Kolkata – 700040, West Bengal

M: +91 9433075751, 9830253530

E: chetanakolkata.1972@gmail.com

sujanmukhopadhyay@gmail.com

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PRIYOTAMASU

                      

Playwright: Arijit Biswas & Prithunandan Ghose
Director: Prithunandan Ghose
Group: Bachhor Koori Porey, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins

 

The Play

Priyotamasu is a chronicle of ten turbulent months in 1942. Set in a small mofussil town of Central India, the story is woven around a family of affluent Bengali settlers and a group of old or invalidated British officers, who are posted in that town. Away from the swirling passions of time, the two groups closely interact with each other till time overtakes them and the symbiosis is broken.

Director’s Note

Inspired from a short story by Somerset Maugham, which I read in late eighties, I couldn’t stop myself exploring how the drama in it could be brought on stage? I shared it with my childhood friend Arijit Biswas, co-playwright in this case, and asked him to read it as well. We had a series of debates on the context, the perspective and its acceptability by our viewers etc., which used to end up in tussles.

 

Finally, we had to change the whole of it completely, keeping only the essence of the outcome intact, and as such it took the shape of an original creation. We named it, Priyotamasu, the beloved.

 

A reading session was arranged for our acting and technical team who were awestruck listening to it and enjoyed all the rehearsals till it was launched on the evening of 1st June, 2019 at Gyan Manch, Kolkata.

 

As a Director of the play, I would not like to add any attribute, whatsoever, in favour of the play. Let the play be staged, it would be capable enough to substantiate its merit through its presentation.

 

The Director & Co-Playwright

Prithunandan Ghose’s approach to theatre is an amalgam of science and art. His presentations are uncanny and aesthetic owing to a background of engineering and the passion for theatre. His first group, Kathik, performed till 1977. When the group dissolved due to other professional callings for a living, he could not reconcile with his staying away from theatre. He formed Bachhor Koori Porey, which means ‘after 20 years.’ In 2015 the same compatriots, re-grouped for a sensational production, Ebong Andhokar, and in the following year for Adhora, a play scripted from a novel of Neelohit. In 2019 the group produced Priyotamasu that has been highly acclaimed. In all these plays Prithunandan has proven himself as a script-writer, lyricist, director and designer.

 

The Co-Playwright

Arijit Biswas, a writer of repute, is a graduate in engineering from Jadhavpur, and a post graduate in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Despite his professional demands he found time to write plays. He has co-written two Bengali plays viz. Priyotamasu and Ebong Andhokar that have been appreciated in and around Kolkata. Another play, Uttordroho, written by him was published in 1996 issue of theatre journal, Gandharba. He has written scripts and serials in Hindi for Zee TV, and for telefilms in Bengali. He is also the script-writer for Bollywood films Agent Vinod, Badlapur and Andhadhun. Under the section of Indian Feature Films category at KIFF, 2018, he won the best director award for the Bengali film Surjo Prithibir Chardike Ghore.

 

The Group

After a long break the group Kathik reassembled as Bachhor Koori Porey to perform Ebong Andhokar in 2015. The play was presented at important theatre congregations, mesmerizing the audiences and critics alike. Then followed Adhora, in 2016, and after three years, in June 2019, Priyotamasu. The latter has been a much awaited and promising piece that instantly caught the discerning attention of viewers and has now been invited to perform at NSD.

 

Cast & Credits

Sumi    Aishani De
Aloka   Amrita Mukhopadhyay
Surya   Dipyaman Chatterjee
Doglus Sudip Mukherjee
Parsu Kunal Sen
Mr. Mahendra Banerjee           Biswarup Das Purakayastha
Mrs. Sarbani Banerjee Enakshi Sen
Nikhil Arghya Basu Roy
Bannu Navoneel Sarkar
Jayaram Rittwik Roy
Alexis  Avik Das
Monroe            Arijit Chakraborty
Bharat Prabir Dutta
Bearer Abhishek Ghosh Roy
Light Design Badal Das
Technical Assistants Ranjit Das & Surajit Mandal
Keyboard Krishnendu Chatterjee
Sound Projection Kaushik Sajjan
Make-up Artist M. M. Rahman (Md. Babu)
Costume in-charge Rupa Ghose
Property in-charge Sima Ghose
Accessories in-charge Maloy Kanti Ghose
Set in-charge Avirup Maity
Shifting in-charge Sthitadhi Roy
Shifter Kakoli Chakraborty
Costume Design & Stagecraft Design Prithunandan Ghose
Playwright      Arijit Biswas & Prithunandan Ghose
  Co-Playwright & Director      Prithunandan Ghose

 

 

Contacts

Director

Bachhor Koori Porey,

W2A(R) 12/5, Phase IV B, Golf Green,

Kolkata-700095, West Bengal

M: +91 9830390690, 9830278466

E: bkporey@gmail.com

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ONAHUTA

Playwright: Snehasish Bhattacharyay
Director: Sima Mukhopadhyay
Group: Samstab, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins

 

The Play

Nirupam Goswami, an ex-army man, who has now become an entrepreneur, is living a contented life with his wife Sujata Goswami and son Debopam Goswami, when one afternoonall of a sudden, there appears a stranger,and intruding into their house claims to be the real Nirupam Goswami, who had fought as a Major in the Dras Sector, 237 battalion, during the Kargil War. He claims that Sujata is his wife, and says that this Nirupam Goswami is actually Mainak Ghosh, who had fought under his domination in the Kargil War. Surprised and astonished by the attitude of the ‘uninvited guest’, Nirupam and Sujata struggle to fight against all odds. The case is then taken to the police, who is also taken aback, when the stranger presents proof after proof. Lawyers from both the sides look into the matter, and finally, the case reaches the court.

 

Director’s Note

I feel every director wants to work on a play that goes beyond its words and delves into a deeper philosophy of life. Anahuta (The Uninvited) compelled me to look within me while presenting it on the stage. The known tactics of executing plays went topsy-turvy while working on Anahuta. The more I faced these challenges the more I felt zealous about it. Not only was it me but the actors too went through all these challenges while playing their parts. In fact, the different selves that inhabit our being remain, for the most part of our lives, unknown, unrecognized and uninvited to the fore. When these selves come to the fore and confront us, the familiarity with life vanishes instantly. Everything legal and illegal, true and false, the victorious and the defeated, stand on an unstable ground.Here, in this play, we too have faced something unknown and been on a journey with it. That the journey of life is the only truth is what our team has tried to present through this play on stage.

 

The Director

Sima Mukhopadhyay (born 5 December 1959) is a director, playwright and actor from Kolkata. She made her stage debut as a child artiste with M.G. Enterprise, a professional theatre ensemble. She received Master’s Degree in Drama (Acting) from Rabindra Bharati University in 1985. At present she heads Rangroop. As an actress Sima has acted in productions directed by eminent directors, beside her own. She has written twelve full-length plays, and six short-length plays for children. Besides the ones written by her,Sima has directed works of Rabindranath Tagore, Oscar Wilde, TriptiMitra, Arthur Arbuzov, and many other world renowned writers. She is a recipient of Senior Fellowship from HRD Ministry for the year 2002, Ritwik Ghatak Smriti Puraskar, Paschim Banga Natya Akademi award, Dishari Puraskar, Kalakar Award, Bengal Shrachi Award, and Anukul Samman.

 

The Playwright

Dr.Snehasis Bhattacharyya, started his journey as a playwright with Swapnoparosh which was staged by Natyaranga theatre group in 2011. After that, he was selected in the International Playwrights’ Workshop held the same year with the playwrights of West Bengal and Bangladesh, andthe Cultural Ministry of India. He is also an actor and has performed many plays for Bangla theatre.

 

The Group

Samstab was formed in 1982 under guidance of Guru Sri Dwijen Bandyopadhyay. Its first production was Abhimukh, a poetic play written by Shri Navendu Sen and staged in 1983. The group has tried to encourage new, and not-too-well-known playwrights too. With Naak, Kalpomon and Dhuni Stambha, we introduced a new author Kajal Sengupta and also produced Sokratiser Jabanbandi by Dr. Sisir Kumar Das, which was later telecast through Kolkata Doordarshan.

 

Cast & Credits

Stranger Sanjib Sarkar
Sujata Amrita Mukherjee
Nirupam Susnata Bhattacharjyay
Police Officer Srikanta Manna
Yudhistir Parthasarathi Chandra
Menoka Kankabati Bandyopadhyay
Prasenjit Ashish Mazumder
Raghabendra                Parthasarathi Sengupta
Peon Sanjoy Das
   
Light Badal Das
Music Disari Chakraborty
Set Design Sandipsuman Bhattacharjya
Sound Pinaki Mukherjee
   
Playwright                  Snehasish Bhattacharyay
Director                      Sima Mukhopadhyay

 

Contacts

Director, Samstab

37B, Pratapaditya Road, Kolkata- 700026

Ph: 033-23469492

M:  +91 9830302351

E: shekhar26march@gmail.com

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NASIKA PURAN

Playwright: Ashok Mukhopadhay
Director: Biplab Bandyopadhyay
Group: Minerva Repertory Theatre, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins

 

The Play

Cyrano, in spite of being the owner of a troublesome big nose (This character is based on seventeenth century poet and philosopher Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac) is simultaneously endowed with soul and intellect. The libertine writer of the seventeenth century also happens to be a picaresque duel fighter. The poet and fighter Cyrano sacrifices his love of beautiful Rozan for the sake of friendship.

The play is a treasure of joy for the readers and audience because of his sublime poetry and finely hued story line. The spontaneous touch of intellect is imbibed in the texture of the play coupled with romanticism, melodrama and pastiche. This unforgettable poetic play penned by Edmond Rostand was staged in France in the year 1897. During the second half of the nineteenth century very few plays could earn such an enormous success. It is a classic both in terms of drama and literature.

 

Director’s Note

Printed notes of three distinguished personalities – French literature expert, honourable Professor Chinmoy Guha; Professor Ashok Mukhopadhyay; and Professor Bratya Basu will help our respected audience to evaluate the artistic merit of the production. Friends from Minerva Repertory have been available all along with their helping hand. Actors of Minerva Repertory gave their optimum creative skills for the production. I am grateful to all of them.

 

The Director

Biplab Bandyopadhyay is a renowned director and actor in Bengali Theatre. He is also a reputed actor in the Bengali Television and Film industry. He is the founder director and actor of the theatre group Prachyo, for which he has directed many plays. He has been awarded the Shyamal Sen Smriti Samman, Bidyut Nag Smriti Samman, Dwipendra Sen Gupta Smriti Samman, Shyamanand Jalan-Padatik Samman, Sudrak Samman, and many other awards.

 

The Playwright

Ashok Mukhopadhay has served as the Faculty of English in Kalyani University before joining Rabindra Bharati University as professor and Head of the Department of Drama, and later the Director – Professor, Centre of Mass-Communication at the same University. He joined Nandikar in 1960 and acted in several productions. He has translated and adapted many plays and written original plays too. He has participated in several important theatre seminars in India and abroad. He has won many awards as a director and actor. These include State Academy Award, Shiromani Puroskar, Nandikar Samman, Girish Samman, Anya Theatre Samman and State Government Awards. His books based on Theatre Arts have been highly acclaimed.

 

The Group     

Minerva Repertory was started in July 2010 as a regular performing wing of Minerva Natya Sanskriti Charcha Kendra. The repertory performs plays for the public in and outside Kolkata, and occasionally in other states also. Minerva Repertory Theatre’s library is one of the best libraries of theatre in West Bengal. The group conducts various workshops for training and motivation of budding artists. An important part of the group’s activities is the publication of Theatre Journal, which invites writings from national and international theatre artists and analysts.          

 

Cast & Credits

Sashadhar Barma Buddhadev Das
Kanakendra Khetrabarma Santanu Ganguly
Ranjabati Nibedita Bhattacharjee
Raghunandan Mishra Anirban Sarkar
Urmila Shipra Dey
Amattya Abadhish Prithwiraj Chowdhuri
Bijayendra Shuvam Saha
Nartaki Sayantee Ghatak
Nartaki, Nun Ananya Biswas
Nartaki Sulagna Chakraborty
Nartaki, Nun Dipanwita Sarkar
Nartaki, Matongi Suparna Das
Mahananda, Mangala Arimita Roy
Villager, Nartaki Debjani Roy
Pundarik Pradip Majumder
Villager Boy, Dasharath Singha Tathagata Chakraborty
Koko Barma Swagatam Halder
Mouri Tapasi Mondal
Pachak Kaushik Chatterjee
Thief, Poet Robin Biswas
Old man, Soldier Surajit Chakraborty
Soldier, Poet Soumya Bhattacharjee
Villager, Soldier Debarun Chakraborty
Soldier Tanmay Mondal
Refreshment Boy, Soldier Avijit Basu
Purohit Goloknath Chaturbedi Partha Sarathi Sarkar
   
Light Design Prithwish Rana
Light Operation Shuvankar Dey
Set Design Bishwanath Dey
Music Dishari Chakraborty
Music Operation Adhir Ganguly
Costume Madhumita Dham
Choreography Prasanna, Mitul, Roni
Body Movement Deb Kumar Paul
Make-up Md. Ali
Assistant Make-up Sanjay Paul
Visual Abhra Dasgupta
Still Photography Abhijit Dasgupta
Assistant Production Controller Anirban Sarkar
Production Controller Partha Sarathi Sarkar
   
Special Gratitude to                                Bratya Basu
   
Playwright                                                Ashok Mukhopadhyay
Director                                                     Biplab Bandyopadhyay

 

 

Contacts

Minerva Repertory Theatre

6, Utpal Dutta Sarani

Kolkata, West Bengal- 700006

Ph: 033-25550009/0910

M: +91 9836403141, 9830217020

E:  minervarepertorytheatre@gmail.com