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Theatre Review
Arts  /  Published 13.08.22

Bound together by tragedy

Coffin (picture), the adaptation of Synge’s drama about a community perpetually dealing with loss and mourning, posed a greater challenge. Translated and directed by Sabyasachi Mukhopadhyay, the...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 06.08.22

Real roots

A fascinating aspect of Bengali-language theatre is the dogged survival of hundreds of theatre groups in urban, semi-urban and rural centres for decades. Remarkably tenacious in the face of tumultuous...
By Dipankar Sen

Arts  /  Published 30.07.22

Look afresh

Theatre groups from Bangladesh — regular participants in international festivals across West Bengal — vanished owing to Covid-19- induced embargoes. But the Khardaha Artist Group hosted tw...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 23.07.22

Patterned tale

Krishnanagar, among the nerve centres of undivided Bengal, is slowly coming to terms with the changes that have swept over it. As far as performing arts is concerned, this town by the Ganges has tradi...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 16.07.22

Old fights

Since the controversy erupted over the design of the national emblem on top of the new Parliament building and the seemingly-menacing look of the lions caught the nation unawares, the situation seems ...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

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Arts  /  Published 09.07.22

Rooted in tradition

Barring a few, theatre groups in Calcutta have never been consistent in exploring the vast resources that are offered by folklore and indigenous performing arts. The overpowering influence of the colo...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 25.06.22

Many shades

The reputation of Chetla Krishti Sansad as the vanguard of the children’s theatre movement in downtown Calcutta was further consolidated with two new productions at Madhusudan Mancha on April 20...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 18.06.22

Lyrical balance

Monsoon has just arrived. Santiniketan has woken up to the rain clouds drifting across the lush green landscape, the laterite beds and the riverside. Romance is in the air. The students of Sangit Bhav...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 11.06.22

Emotional shaded

Buddhadev Das turns in a soulful portrayal of Balzac, paying attention to minute details of the characterisation as evinced in dropping a book on the floor with a plop of frustration or swirling a cha...
By Dipankar Sen

Arts  /  Published 11.06.22

Old divisions

Kuntal Mukhopadhyay, a sociologist by profession and a playwright-director by passion, turned heads when Sanglap Kolkata produced Shudrayan in 1998. Taking a hint from Kamban’s Ramayana and...
By Anshuman Bhowmick


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