West Bengal  /  Published 24.11.21

Left seeks farmer connect with jatra

The CPM in East Burdwan’s Khandaghosh is striving to go back to the basics and revive its connect with people through the jatra. The folk form is a huge draw among people, mostly farmers in a d...
By Snehamoy Chakraborty in Bolpur(Birbhum)

India  /  Published 21.11.21

Odisha government allows jatra

The Odisha government on Saturday allowed all jatras, open-air theatres and other cultural platforms to perform as the cases of Covid have declined in the state. The state has only 2,203 active Covid ...
By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneswar

Arts  /  Published 24.10.21

The Man Who Would Be Rani

Prabha Devi died and Chapal Rani was born. But I shall come to that later. This is the story of the last of the great female impersonators on stage. A doyen of the Bengali folk theatre form of jatra, ...
By Paromita Sen

Arts  /  Published 12.06.20

Full of energy: Reviving 'Titumir'

Utpal Dutt minced no words when he described his theatre as ‘a weapon of political propaganda’. He also iterated that ‘the people who can’t read or write’ are ‘the people who matter’ and...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

West Bengal  /  Published 27.02.20

AE Market’s jatra actor dies

You couldn’t have visited AE Market without noticing the big, burly fruit seller sitting on the footpath outside. His name was Chandi Hati but in the field of jatra, he was the renowned villain who ...
By A staff reporter

West Bengal  /  Published 14.06.20

Curtains down on jatra?

Less than a week into Unlock 1, Gautam and Manju Bera find themselves staring at a blank slate as they never have before. The jatra actors lived, breathed and earned from the art form till the lockdow...
By Anshuman Phadikar in Khejuri

West Bengal  /  Published 05.03.20

Stage set for Jatra spotlight on citizenship regime

Fears about the new citizenship matrix have reached the city’s jatrapara.One of the many posters dotting the walls of Chitpore reads “NRC Hatao, Desh Bachao (Repeal NRC, Save the Country)”. The ...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta


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