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ITI | SARI RAT

Atelier’s Campus Theatre Festival saw two Delhi colleges come to Kolkata in its 14th annual season—no small achievement for Atelier, who this year even faced intimidation and an attack on

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HAMLET

It pleased me no end to discover the work of the young Anil Alessandro, who spends half the year with his father (Abani Biswas)’s group Theatre House near Santiniketan, and

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DASTAN-E-KARN AZ MAHABHARATA

Mahmood Farooqui from Delhi made a welcome return to Kolkata after over a decade, at the invitation of Kolkata Centre for Creativity, to present his Dastangoi Collective’s Dastan-e-Karn az Mahabharata.

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JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN

In perhaps the first visit by a Finnish theatre troupe to Kolkata, the trio of Essi Rossi (director), Johannes Holopainen (actor) and Pauli Riikonen (designer) honoured our city with the

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JOGIYA RAG | MOH

The 13th edition of Little Thespian’s National Theatre Festival, now named Jashn-e-Azhar, brought participating groups from Mumbai, Delhi, Varanasi and Ujjain. Tripurari Sharma’s Rup Arup under Unicorn (Delhi) had visited

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JANMANTAR | FIVE GRAINS OF RICE

Author-director Sudipta Bhawmik has earned a respected position in Bengali theatre circles for his original plays, invariably thought-provoking and often innovatively constructed. On Janmāntar, which his New Jersey group ECTA

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HAMLET | JULIUS CAESAR 2.0

Thanks to Sayak’s golden jubilee festival, I got a ringside view of one of Bengali theatre’s present blockbusters, Swapna-sandhani’s Hamlet. Unlike most directors today, Koushik Sen approaches it with singular

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SAKHARAM BINDER | KAMALA

Sayak reached their golden jubilee this year, an achievement worth lauding because few groups of their vintage have attained this landmark. The managerial abilities of director Meghnad Bhattacharya, one of

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QUARANTINE | ALL MY SONS

While that modern classic, Death of a Salesman, continues returning in Bengali incarnations owing to its growing relevance, Arthur Miller’s other plays have also seen revivals lately. A View from

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CHAKSHUDAN | SUFFOCATION

The relative paucity of new Bengali playtexts leads many groups to dramatize short stories. Swapnamoy Chakraborty’s Chakshudān receives this treatment from Debasish Mukhopadhyay for South Kolkata Shrine. Set in Jharkhand,

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