Soumitra Chatterjee dramatises Tagore short stories. Plus, a festive chat

  • Published 15.10.15
Soumitra Chatterjee and Jawhar Sircar at the launch of 
Golpoguchho Natyarupey at Story, Elgin Road 

Bengali writer Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay possibly echoed the entire Bengali community’s sentiments when he had once remarked (half in jest) that Rabindranath Tagore could have been given a second Nobel just for Golpoguchho. This compilation of short stories evokes a myriad emotions in Bengalis, and literature lovers will spend hours discussing how some of Tagore’s short stories — and poetry — contain more drama than even his plays. 

Taking a cue from that thought, actor Soumitra Chatterjee has dramatised four Tagore short stories and the compilation has been published by Thema, funded by Happenings and Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam).
Titled Golpoguchho Natyarupey, the book was launched at Story bookstore on Elgin Road on October 10 as part of a mini Kalam session.  

In conversation with Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar, Chatterjee said the book was his labour of love, written despite his hectic schedule because of an “inner impetus” and “external encouragements”. As for the reason behind the endeavour, Chatterjee, who has acted in numerous cinematic adaptations of Tagore’s works, said simply, “Without Rabindranath we don’t have any existence! Je bhabuk, je chintak, tar Rabindranath chhara ki kono asroy achhe?”

Kalam director Malavika Banerjee said this was the first time the lit meet was part of such a project. “We at Kalam want to be associated with Bengali literature and good publications. Soumitrada is a legend as an actor, and there are very few actors in India who can engage with literature the way he can and bring out such a publication.”

The four short stories dramatised in this book are Goshthi, Poila Nombor, Mastermoshai and Boshtomi. The cover illustration is by Chatterjee too. Priced at Rs 250, Golpoguchho Natyarupey makes for an ideal gift for a literature lover this Puja, and beyond.