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Chokher Bali

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel which was first published in a serialised form in 1901, this contemporary dramatic production (scripted by Partha Chatterjee) centres around Binodini, a young widow who finds refuge from neglect and poverty in a rich household in Calcutta. She then becomes entangled in complex relationships with two men, Mahendra and Bihari, and the two other claimants of Mahendra’s affections — his mother, Rajlakshmi, and wife Ashalata. It is not the conventional story of exploitation of women by a traditional society, but rather their attempt to articulate individuality — of a traditional kind as represented by Rajlakshmi and, most adventurously, of a very modern kind by Binodini. A century later, Chokher Bali is being reassessed in the light of the many changes which have swept urban India with special emphasis on the character of Binodini, who represents the complexities of the new woman’s identity in evolving modern Indian society. It is a strikingly contemporary story of the modern Indian woman. This Kushilav production is directed by Runu Choudhuri.

When: Today at 6.30 pm

Where: Rabindra Sadan

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