A poster of the 5th Jharkhand Rajya Natya Utsav in Bokaro on Friday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
Culture will steal the show at steel hub Bokaro.
Come Saturday, noted Bengali literary and cultural magazine Ghunpoka will start hosting its four-day drama festival titled 5th Jharkhand Rajya Natya Utsav at Kala Kendra, Sector II. The event is being held jointly with Bokaro Steel Limited and Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Calcutta.
From August 18 to 21, it promises to be a treat for the culturally inclined, said Ghunpoka editor Dilip Vairagya.
To be inaugurated by Bokaro steel plant chief executive officer A. Maitra on Saturday evening, the event will see performances by stalwarts such as iconic Bengali actor of international repute Soumitra Chatterjee, who acted in Satyajit Ray films Apur Sansar, Charulata and others.
Chatterjee (77), who has been awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the Officier des Arts et Metiers (the highest award for arts given by the French government) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from Italy, will recite in his distinctive voice on August 20.
“He is undoubtedly the star attraction,” Vairagya said.
The festival will debut on Saturday with a Hindi play Patjhar, presented by Calcutta’s Little Thespian.
On August 19, noted dramatist, actor and director Manoj Mitra will perform Aschorjo Funtosee in Bengali with his group Sundaram.
On August 21, renowned film, TV and stage artiste Swagat Mukherjee will sing folk songs in Hindi, Assamese, Odia, Bengali and others.
Ghunpoka, which started in the mid-1990s, has over the years acquired a cult following. It is a magazine that has been fighting for the cause of Bengali, Maithili, Bojpuri, Odia and other languages. It also hosts Hindi, Bengali and Khortha plays from time to time.
In December 2011, national award winning mother-daughter duo Aparna Sen and Konkono Sen Sharma had released an edition of Ghunpoka in Bokaro’s Pali Plaza.