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Badhutantra

Shyama is a newly-wed bride who comes to her husband’s house to live with her in-laws. She is clever and worldly-wise. The only weakness she has is her humongous appetite. The moment she eyes food, her greed is whetted and she loses control of herself. Contrary to the saying that God looks after the poor and the hungry, Shyama’s appetite shocks even the village deity who stares at her unblinkingly in wonder and amazement as the bride devours food ravenously. From here starts a battle between two unequals: the immortal goddess and presiding deity of the village and Shyama. The goddess, in connivance with the bride’s weak husband, mean mother-in-law, a group of dacoits and villagers try to wreak havoc in Shyama’s life but Shyama, with her ready wit and common sense, manages to counter and foil all moves and in the end she emerges victorious. This latest Sayak production is based on a Kannada folk-tale and is directed by Meghnad Bhattacharya. Artistes include Ananya Roychowdhury (Shyama), Pradeep Das (husband), Soma Sarkar (mother-in-law), Meghnad Bhattacharya (father-in-law), Goddess Kali (Bharati Das), Lord Shiva (Amar Nath Ghosh), leader of the dacoit gang (Partha Goswami) and a host of other characters.

When: Today at 6.30 pm

Where: Academy of Fine Arts

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