Arts  /  Published 13.02.21

Hits and misses

Although Bengali theatre is yet to fully recover from the body-blow dealt by the Covid-19 lockdown, some stirrings signal hope. One such phenomenon is the noticeable spurt in the number of new theatre...
By Dipankar Sen in

Arts  /  Published 13.02.21

Together in times of trouble

Natyaswapnakalpa, the premier Bengali theatre event to mark the turning of a year in the Gregorian calendar, has come a long way since its inception in 1999-2000. Apart from giving a head start to sho...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 06.02.21

Well set up

Narayan Sanyal’s Biswasghatak (1974) — a popular work of science fiction in Bengali that featured on the bestseller list for decades — has seen a stage adaptation in Calcutta. Based ...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 30.01.21

Sharp relook

Gobardanga Naksha’s 8th National Theatre Festival (December 23-27, 2020) ended with Pandemic, a home production. This devised theatre piece tries to fathom the changing dynamics of a world comin...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 23.01.21

Rare gem

Performances that approximate perfection are rare; going out on a limb, this reviewer will claim for Virahagatha, produced by Chidakash Kalalay and created by Piyal Bhattacharya, the ‘tour de fo...
By Dipankar Sen in


Arts  /  Published 16.01.21

Poetic choice

A linguistic slip recurred after I had experienced The Last Poet. It overlapped, entwined with and often got displaced by ‘The Lost Poet’! Every time I corrected myself, the slip baff...
By Debaroti Chakraborty in

Arts  /  Published 09.01.21

Familiar, yet faraway: BBT's 'Theatre & Theatre'

Politics of location is fast emerging as the signpost of contemporary Indian theatre. With the urban proscenium spaces bearing the brunt of the pandemic, many suburban and rural spaces are offering an...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 08.01.21

Theatrecian turns 20

Despite the financial insecurities, the thankless role of a producer, and the lonesome battles fought in the mind with a body that obviously isn’t growing younger, I don’t think I’d ...
By Tathagata Chowdhury in

Calcutta  /  Published 08.01.21

Playwright departs

Theatre personality Nirup Mitra passed away in a private nursing home in south Calcutta on Monday. A resident of Purbachal Cluster IX, he was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife Jayanti and daugh...
By Our Special Correspondent in Salt Lake

Arts  /  Published 02.01.21

Pulled apart

Chetana reaffirmed its commitment to political theatre by premiering two productions on November 22, its foundation day, at the Academy of Fine Arts. Whereas Girgiti — adapted from a S...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in


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