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Theatre Review
Arts  /  Published 02.10.20

Fresh roots

To the chequered history of agitprop street theatre in Bengal, Indurkol, produced by the newly floated outfit, Jana Gana Mana, is a recent addition. If time can privilege certain forms of theatre...
By Dipankar Sen in

Arts  /  Published 25.09.20

Rare attempt at portraying Savitri Bai Phule

How did the Marathis deal with the bubonic plague in 1896? Did the victims face a similar kind of social ostracization that people affected with Covid-19 are currently going through? Nagging questions...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 18.09.20

New tools for the non-proscenium

Adversity, for all the harms it inflicts, brings out the urge to innovate and reinvent. In the months preceding the lockdown, Loknath De was busily taking the stage for a host of Calcutta theatre grou...
By Dipankar Sen in

Arts  /  Published 11.09.20

Linking word and image

When the nation witnesses an unprecedented silence over civil rights violation, Theatre of Dissent seems to be alive in downtown Calcutta. On August 22, Parnab Mukherjee returned to the city theatre s...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 28.08.20

An eloquent silence: Sri Lankan theatre online

The pandemic may have closed theatre venues, and the present situation may not seem at all promising, but theatre practitioners all over the world have engaged with digital platforms with such a feroc...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 14.08.20

Possible hope: Tagore's proscenium classic online

Incapacitated, while we wait for an exit from this disease of isolation, we wonder whether the king’s letter ever reaches Amol! The presentation by Whole 9 Yards and Alliance Française du...
By Debaroti Chakraborty in

Arts  /  Published 07.08.20

Global note: Taking theatre online

Anything now going in the name of theatre on digital platforms misses two vital components of any live art: immediacy and interactivity. As the followers of proscenium theatre stare at an uncertain fu...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 01.08.20

Narrativizing domestic violence

On June 21, as a sultry afternoon melted into a rain-drenched evening, a rather nondescript roof of a South Calcutta apartment became the site of the making of theatre history of sorts, with Bond...
By Dipankar Sen in

Arts  /  Published 25.07.20

Exploring new spaces with Tagore's Bisarjan

Crisis has a strange bedfellow in innovation. With the coronavirus pandemic reaching the third phase and proscenium and other enclosed spaces out of bounds, West Bengal’s thespians have started ...
By Anshuman Bhowmick in

Arts  /  Published 27.06.20

Sound cutting through the gloom

Even though many spheres of activity are gradually being unlocked for business, theatre as we know it remains sealed at the time of writing this piece. Some individuals and theatre groups have been in...
By Dipankar Sen in


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