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Theatre Review
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

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

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

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

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

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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

Arts  /  Published 26.12.20

Join the fray: Recreating Beckett's Godot

Calcutta is never tired of Waiting for Godot. There have been quite a few Bengali adaptations of this Samuel Beckett classic since the 1970s. While most played it straight, some went for adaptati...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 04.12.20

Swansong of a versatile artist

The nightmarish 2020 has dealt Bengali theatre a body blow by abruptly removing Prasenjit Bardhan from the earthly stage. The punishing schedule and rather inexplicable death of this actor, choreograp...
By Dipankar Sen

Arts  /  Published 28.11.20

Possibilities aplenty beyond the proscenium

It was refreshing to watch a motley para crowd assembling in a quiet afternoon. With the semi-circular performance space casually laid out on the club lawns, and the audience surrounding it, Swabhab &...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 21.11.20

Out of place in an Indian context

With unlock restrictions keeping Calcutta theatre out of proscenium stages, new non-proscenium venues are being discovered. The Salt Lake-based National Mime Institute, hitherto not really a hub of th...
By Dipankar Sen


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