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#UndocuAsians: A New Film & Theater Performance by Undocumented Asian Youth

#UndocuAsians

#UndocuAsians



#UndocuAsians brings the lived experiences of people most intimately affected by immigration laws to The Culture Project’s stage. This rare theater performance features undocumented Asian American youth sharing their personal stories of growing up in the United States in a culture of silence.



Audio | Aajker Natok: Utpal Dutta's MEGH Part 1 of 2 | Listen to Bangla Radio Natok (Bengali Radio Play) online broadcast


WBRI Shukti International Artists Group presents a Bengali radio drama adaptation of Utpal Dutta's 1961 psychological thriller feature film Megh.

Listen to the first of two parts of the radio drama. As you know, WBRi SHUKTI ANTORJATIK SHILPI GOSHTHI (WBRI Shukti International Artists Group)  is a pioneer in producing this series of audio dramas featuring a cast and crew spread across the entire world collaborating over telephone and electronic communication technologies.

All WBRi Shukti productions are available free online in our exclusive Bangla Natok section.



Improv Comedy Presents Duo's Comedy Night

Duo night - Improv Comedy, Mumbai

Great things come in twos. Improv Comedy Mumbai will be showcasing some of the best and newest comedy and improv duos in the Mumbai area.



Improv Comedy Mumbai's Unique "Improvised Bollywood" Show Goes to Berlin

Improvised Bollywood: Audience Interactive Indian Theater Production

Have you ever watched a Bollywood movie and thought to yourself, "Are they just making this stuff up?"

Well now Improv Comedy Mumbai have made that into a show! This 40 minute improvised homage to all those bad and good Bollywood movies that the Indian film industry has to offer is now acted out completely unscripted for the audience's entertainment dollar.

Watch a quick-look video.




The Yuva Natya Samaroh Bids Adieu After Eight Days of Power-Packed Performances

Hindi Stage Theater Drama Play ADHE ADHURE

From Ghalib to Kalidas to the urban reality of today. The Yuva Natya Samaroh depicted it all and enthralled the theater lovers of the capital with a series of plays.On the last day of the festival, young performers brought to stage the much-loved and frequently staged play Adhe Adhure that captures the story of an urban middle class family of dissatisfied members in a conformist society.

Over the past week, a wide varity of subjects played out in the form of various plays like Quaid-e-Hayat, Khusar Phusar, Bada Natakia Kaun, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, Kabira Khada Bazar Mei, and Pratigya Yogandhrayad.



"Maharajas of Comedy" kicks off in New York City

The Maharaja's of Comedy
"Maharajas of Comedy" Group Picture Courtesy of Raj Belani Photography

Performing Comedians include Dan Nainan who has recently performed for President Obama and is known to deliver 100% clean material, Anish Shah headliner for the sold-out No Laughing Matter comedy tour in 2012, Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh, who has shared the stage with some of the biggest comedians including Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Bill Burr, and Russell Peters, Mark Saldana, named "The best Indian...if not Asian comic in the country" by The Los Angeles Times, and Paul  Singh, one of the only comedians who can perform in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.

Lastly, live via tape from India, Papa CJ delivered a special message.  A surprise dance act was also performed by New York based Aatma Performing Arts.



The Tale of the Lone Traveller: Kuntal Mukhopadhyay and Sanlap Kolkata; An article written by Nilanjann Nandy.

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As I was reading his plays, I mean the paperback publications of his myriad thoughts, put on paper, having been acted out in numerous stages around this country and continent, I was wondering what if this man is not actually writing, in the true sense of the meaning of putting pen to paper, but simply puts his unique thoughts and arranges it in such a pattern that takes the form of “Ghare Phera”/ “Shudrayan”/ “Haye Raam” or Sanlap Kolkata’s latest “Niraasroy”, which mesmerizes with it’s veil like quality underneath which runs the ‘dark rivers of the heart’, which empties into an ocean of conscious understanding...which comes to one only after a thorough travel, a trek through the serpentine by lanes of the human mind...reading every subtle nuance and the whole range of colours which explodes in the deep recesses of our minds when we come face to face with ourselves through the characters in the drama that he portrays and which touches us with a fantastic vibrancy of warm flesh and blood?
 What if, the material that he explains as his script is nothing but the ‘whole result of his life-long search’? What if Kuntal Mukhopadhyay, the PhD holder in specifics of theatre, who is also the ‘main-spring’ of the “Sanlap Kolkata watch”, a professor, educationist, drama director, actor and a playwright is actually not a plain creative person, but a wanderer, a traveler, an explorer?


‘Maharajas of Comedy’ to launch in New York City

The Maharaja's of Comedy

New York, NY, February 1, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio) Celebrity Comedians join together in NYC to showcase the Maharajas of Comedy – A live 1 hour comedy show. "The Maharaja's of Comedy" is a 'stand-up' comedy show, featuring the performances of some of the world's top comedians of South Asian origin. The event is set to take place on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, at Mason Hall in New York City. Filmed in front of a live audience, comedians will give the audience their views on being South Asian in America. You'll hear personal stories of growing up, their families, their experiences, dating and a variety of other subjects. The Live show will air on a major television network this spring.


Bumbug the Musical: Heartfelt Take On a Christmas Classic Through an Immigrant’s Eyes (WBRi Review)

A scene from Bumbug - the Musical

Saniya Tabani watched the much-anticipated Broadway musical with an immigrant theme in New York and sent us this candid review.




Maru Behag Theater Group's Jolly Guha Roy: "I see inmates as ‘Amritsya Putra’ (God’s children)"

Jolly Guha RoyJolly Guha Roy told Washington Bangla Radio, “I look at them as ‘Amritasya Putra’ and treat every convict as God’s child. No one is a born criminal. Our society is the main setback which converts an ordinary person to a hardened criminal. It’s our society that is responsible for those unfavorable circumstances which lead a person to commit crime. But those unfortunate fellows should never be treated brutally. Lack in awareness, illiteracy, inhuman treatment and poverty are some of the elements behind the pathetic condition of these people.”



Sachin Gupta's "Wakeup Call" Play to be Performed by Chilsag Chillies Theatre Company in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Chilsag Chillies Theatre Company anounces the staging of its original critically acclaimed play 'Wakeup Call' by Sachin Gupta, an Off Broadway Playwright , Theatre Director & recipient of National award "Natya Bhushan".

The cast of the play features familiar Film & television faces alongwith other Theatre artists. It features film actor Gauri Karnik (Lead actor 'Sur' -Feature Film) & also includes Popular Television actors Anjum Farooki (Gauri in Balika Vadhu-Colors ), Rubina Dilaik (Radhika in Choti Bahu-a TV series on Zee TV), Praneeta Sahu (Kasturi fame, Uttaran-Colors), Kashmira Irani (Amber in Amber Dhara-Sony's Popular Television series),Nupur Joshi (Sumii-Do Hanso ka Joda-Colors & Rakhi-ZEE TV).



Bharati Mitra & Tagore Music Group of Washington Spellbind Capacity Audience with Chhobi - A Musical


Bengali Musical Production CHHOBIGermantown, Maryland, June 26, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) On Sunday June 24, 2012, The Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC, lead by Bharati Mitra (interview) of Gaithersburg presented CHHOBI - A Musical to a mesmerized capacity audience at the BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown. The performance showcased an innovative collaboration between the Tagore Music Group and students of the Natyabhoomi School of Dance of Bethesda which is lead by Deepti Naville. Deepti teaches the Indian classical Bharatnatyam dance form while her sister Shruthi Mukund teaches fusion dance at Natyabhoomi.

Chhobi is adapted from a short story by iconic Bengali writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay set in Burma (Myanmar). The musical production stands out for successfully and seamlessly blending in songs by another Bengali icon - Rabindranath Tagore, and Burmese folk dances to the script as well as the general air of authenticity by using Burmese dresses and music. Shruthi Mukund of Natyabhoomi deserves kudos for successfully studying and learning Burmese folk dance from videos on the internet, choreographing and teaching her students all in a short time with impressive results on stage.



Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC and their latest production CHHOBI - A Musical

Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC Presents CHHOBI - A Musical

Washington, DC, May 6, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Informally put together in 2008 by like-minded folks in the Greater Washington Metro area, the Tagore Music Group of Greater Washington DC is a cultural organization which strives to promote the music, drama, writings and philosophy of Nobel-laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.

It consists of approximately twenty families with Bharati Mitra as the team lead. Each year the group stages at least one drama, dance drama or musical making sure the presentation is “live”…reminiscent of Santiniketan.

Read all about the troupe and their latest production Chhobi - A Musical along with date, time, venue and ticket details of the performance.



Bangla Natok (Bengali Drama) Review: Maru Behag's "Ghare Baire" at Tapan Theater feat. inmates of Alipore Correctional Home

Bangla Natok Ghare Baire by Maru Behag Kolkata

Kolkata April 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Tapan Theater at south Kolkata has a long standing tradition of hosting popular plays. Despite the burgeoning impact of TV shows and multiplexes, the theater lovers of Kolkata have not lost their passion for watching stage performances.

Bangla Natok Ghare Baire by Maru Behag Kolkata

On 16th of March, 2012, the troupe Maru Behag performed a drama based on Rabindranath Tagore’s seminal novel ‘Ghare Baire’. The play, directed by Jolly Guharoy was performed by the inmates of the Alipore Correctional Home in Kolkata. It was once again heart-warming to see the prison inmates perform passionately on stage after their earlier performance at Tapan Theater, based on a dramatic rendition of Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Chokher Bali’. While a large number of police personnel kept close vigil in and around the theater premises, the performers were oblivious of their presence and were completely absorbed into their acts. And much like the earlier occasion, we amused ourselves, pondering about the rareness of the event.

Bangla Natok Ghare Baire by Maru Behag Kolkata



KA: Cirque du Soleil: MGM Grand, Las Vegas

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When Cirque du Soliel’s Iris team performed a show during the 84th Annual Academy Awards function at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles on 26th February 2012, the anchor Billy Crystal commented that he had a hamstring injury just watching the show for 5 minutes. Wonder what thousands of people who have watched Cirque’s KA at MGM, Las Vegas for whole 90 minutes would have to say?


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