Theatre Review
Arts  /  Published 14.11.20

Coveted space

Space seems to be the most coveted aspect of theatre in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. As directors are all out to explore the road not taken, some significant developments are taking place on bot...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 07.11.20

Real promise

An earlier review in this column had claimed that Gobardanga Naksha’s own performance space holds promise of birthing fresh, exciting theatrical productions. It can be safely said that Yes!, a m...
By Dipankar Sen

Arts  /  Published 31.10.20

A full bodied operatic performance

With the lifting of restrictions on open-air theatre activities from September 21, Purba Paschim premiered Jwarasura Badh Pala at the Aikatan grounds of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Bidhannaga...
By Anshuman Bhowmick

Arts  /  Published 03.10.20

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

Arts  /  Published 26.09.20

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


Arts  /  Published 19.09.20

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

Arts  /  Published 12.09.20

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

Arts  /  Published 29.08.20

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

Arts  /  Published 15.08.20

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

Arts  /  Published 08.08.20

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


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