Playwright: Ashok Mukhopadhay
Director: Biplab Bandyopadhyay
Group: Minerva Repertory Theatre, Kolkata
Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
|Raghunandan Mishra||Anirban Sarkar|
|Amattya Abadhish||Prithwiraj Chowdhuri|
|Nartaki, Nun||Ananya Biswas|
|Nartaki, Nun||Dipanwita Sarkar|
|Nartaki, Matongi||Suparna Das|
|Mahananda, Mangala||Arimita Roy|
|Villager, Nartaki||Debjani Roy|
|Villager Boy, Dasharath Singha||Tathagata Chakraborty|
|Koko Barma||Swagatam Halder|
|Thief, Poet||Robin Biswas|
|Old man, Soldier||Surajit Chakraborty|
|Soldier, Poet||Soumya Bhattacharjee|
|Villager, Soldier||Debarun Chakraborty|
|Refreshment Boy, Soldier||Avijit Basu|
|Purohit Goloknath Chaturbedi||Partha Sarathi Sarkar|
|Light Design||Prithwish Rana|
|Light Operation||Shuvankar Dey|
|Set Design||Bishwanath Dey|
|Music Operation||Adhir Ganguly|
|Choreography||Prasanna, Mitul, Roni|
|Body Movement||Deb Kumar Paul|
|Assistant Make-up||Sanjay Paul|
|Still Photography||Abhijit Dasgupta|
|Assistant Production Controller||Anirban Sarkar|
|Production Controller||Partha Sarathi Sarkar|
|Special Gratitude to||Bratya Basu|
Minerva Repertory Theatre
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Kolkata, West Bengal- 700006
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