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Sayak’s competitive festival at Tapan Theatre

From May 7th to 16th, Sayak will hold a festival of ten Bengali plays every evening at 6:30 in Tapan Theatre. Selected by senior dramatist-director Debasis Majumdar, these include productions from Ranchi and Agartala, besides Kolkata and its suburbs. Details announced separately in our Events column.

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The imperative of safety and allyship in theatre practice

An article that appears on sohinichattopadhyay.com, appealing for a new initiative: Trauma Doesn’t Have a Formula by Shuktara Lal Last year, I had the honour of being invited to direct a performance comprising students at the Asian University for Women (Chattogram/Chittagong). The eight actors who performed were from several different

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Natyamela February 2024

The West Bengal Government has organized a gala eleven-day Natyamela of Bengali theatre starting on February 3 lasting till February 13, with free admission for everyone. Every afternoon and evening, over 100 groups from all over the state will stage their productions at the state-run auditoriums in Kolkata: Rabindra Sadan,

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Sayak Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Another of Bengali theatre’s leading groups, Sayak, still led by founder Meghnad Bhattacharya, has reached its 50th anniversary, marked with a festival of seven plays at the Academy of Fine Arts from 29 November to 3 December. Details in our Events column.

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Theatre Appreciation Programme

The Bengali cultural society, Srishti Sandhan, has announced a theatre appreciation programme starting in July. Because such courses are hardly ever organized in Bengali, this one assumes special importance.

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Jashn-e-Azhar

Little Thespian holds their 12th National Theatre Festival, Jashn-e-Azhar, from March 18 to 23. It has become Kolkata’s only truly national festival now, by virtue of the fact that they invite more groups from outside the city than from inside to participate. This year, productions come from Jabalpur, Delhi, Gwalior

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150 YEARS OF BENGALI PROFESSIONAL THEATRE

On 7 December 1872, the Bengali public (as opposed to amateur private) stage was born, when a theatre-mad group of young men in north Calcutta enacted Dinabandhu Mitra’s classic political protest drama, Nil-darpan, in a temporary hall without wings in the courtyard outhouse of Madhusudan Sanyal’s mansion (later famous as

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UTPAL DUTT’S BARRICADE TRANSLATED

My translation of Utpal Dutt’s political masterpiece, Barricade, has just appeared from Seagull Books: https://www.seagullbooks.org/barricade/#features Read my short article about it in The Hindu, a conversation on it with Ramu Ramanathan at scroll.in, a discussion and readings at Victoria Memorial on YouTube, a feature on it in The Telegraph, and

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SAOLI MITRA (1948-2022)

In spite of the facts that Saoli Mitra directed fewer productions compared to other personalities and withdrew from the stage long before she should have, she left a lasting impact on Bengali theatre. I don’t wish to reiterate her apprenticeship under her legendary parents in Bohurupee and the already well-known

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SWATILEKHA SENGUPTA (1950-2021)

The departure of Swatilekha Sengupta comes as a major loss to Bengali theatre. This is not the stale cliché found in garden-variety wreaths, which focused exclusively on her acting, primarily in movies and only secondarily in theatre (which most obituarists don’t see). What those homages don’t reveal is that Kolkata’s

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