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WBRi Drama Review: Crisis of Civilization: A journey with Tagore – A tribute to Rabindranath Tagore by Jagriti Theater

Ranjan Ghoshal as Rabindranath Tagore in Crisis of Civilization: A Journey with Tagore (Theater)
Ranjan Ghoshal as Rabindranath Tagore in Crisis of Civilization: A Journey with Tagore

February 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) On the 24th of February, Kolkata witnessed the performance of Crisis of Civilization: A journey with Tagore by Jagriti theatre Bangalore.  Directed by Jagadish Raja, this was a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary.

Crisis of Civilization: A Journey with Tagore (Kolkata Theater)

Instead of following the clichéd path of staging a play written by Tagore, the group made an effort to bring the ideology of the great personality in front of the audience. Normally people know Tagore for his literary contributions but the facets of this visionary as an educationist, statesman and philosopher have been thrown light upon through this event.

Crisis of Civilization: A Journey with Tagore (Kolkata Theater)

This was a theatrical representation of “Sobhyotar Sonkat”, a speech delivered by the stalwart on his 80th birthday. In this speech Tagore expressed his concerns on the several fallacies that come with the advancement of civilization.

WBRi attended the theater production and presents a report.



Make time for a Classic drama UPANISHAD GANGA

Mumbai, India (Washington Bangla Radio / Free-Press-Release.com) After watching the film ‘Rakht Charitra’ one could only hate the villainous character played by ‘Abhimanyu Singh’. Of course it was only because of his performance that one actually got fixated with his character. Later too, he bagged a Star Dust award for his negative role in the film ‘Gulaal’.



WBRi Drama Review: Bangla Natok CHOKHER BALI at Tapan Theater Performed by Maru Behag with Inmates of Alipore Correctional Homes

Poster of Rabindranath Tagore's CHOKHER BALI Bangla Natok

Kolkata February 23, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Tapan Theater has witnessed a long history of notable stage performances by renowned troupes. However on 22nd of February, 2012, the situation was slightly different as the audience was greeted to performers of a special kind.

The members of troupe ‘Maru Behag’ and the inmates of Alipore Central Correctional Home and Alipore Women’s Correctional Home performed Rabindranath Tagore’s seminal masterpiece ‘Choker Bali’ on stage.

A Scene from Bengali Drama CHOKHER BALI (Bangla Natok)

The play was performed to celebrate the 150th birth centenary of one of the most influential figures of Bengali literature. However, one does not often get to watch stage performances by inmates of a correctional house, but watching them perform passionately on stage surely lifted our spirits.

A Scene from Bengali Theater CHOKHER BALI (Bangla Natok)

For people who have been deprived of a more traditional course of life, their rendition of the Tagore novel appeared even more remarkable. They performed with unprecedented fervor, completely oblivious of the numerous police personnel that surveyed the area and formed a part of their audience. The freewheeling performance of the cast pleased many and one could occasionally catch curious eyes popping in and out of the auditorium.

Read our full review of the unique performance of Bangla natok "Chokher Bali".



WBRi Theater Review: Krishan vs Kanhaiya - Paresh Rawal delivers another brilliant performance

Paresh Rawal on Stage

Calcutta, February 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Did you ever think why you keep a fast on a certain festival? When you go for “anjali” (offering to God) in different temples or puja pandals, did you even try to find out the meaning of the Sanskrit chanting that you repeat after the priest? Did you ask yourself why you make a hefty donation in the temples when a number of beggars are sitting right outside pleading for a penny or two?

Paresh Rawal on Stage

If your answer to these questions is “NO” then “Krishan vs. Kanhaiya” is a must watch for you!!! If “YES” then you are already in sync with our story tellers and will be thoroughly enjoying this show!!! This Paresh Rawal starrer play was enacted for the 4th time in Kolkata at Vidyamandir auditorium on February 10th.

Rajatava Dutta

The theater production compels you to question the customs which you have followed till date. This is the story of an atheist, Krishanlal Mehta who owned an antique store. He used to sell various worthless items at exorbitant prices by adding a religious angle to them, which always was untrue (a piece of long cloth was sold by him to someone as Draupadi’s sari). This shrewd business man is only one facet of his personality as otherwise he is a responsible and caring husband, a true friend and a man who only went by logic.

Krishan vs Kanhaiya

His life turned topsy-turvy when his shop was destroyed in an earthquake and his insurance claim was declined. It was said that earthquake is an act of God and insurance claims can be approved only for man-made disasters. Infuriated by this, he files a case in the court against God. The plea was: If his shop was destroyed by God, either he or any of his representatives like the temples or the religious organizations must compensate for the loss but if it is proven that there is no existence of God the insurance company is accountable to pay him the money.

Read the complete review of Paresh Rawal's play Krishan vs Kanhaiya on WBRi.



'TENI DA' Returns (Bengali Theatre)

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Good News for all the fans of Teni da and Narayan Gangopadhyay. Oikyo Natyo Goshti is bringing back the charm of Teni da to the people of Calcutta. 


Drama Review: Nandikar's Madhabi - 28th National Theater Festival

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

Nandikar's Madhabi Bengali Drama (Bangla Natok)

December 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

Here we have a woman who is wronged, scorned, abused and yet there’s no hellfire to scorch her tormenters. We’re only left with a subdued sense of victory as Madhabi emerges triumphant, after what seems like ages of continuous torture. Willful submission to a father’s charitable wishes, a lover’s dutiful words and cursed by what was supposedly her boon, leads protagonist to a journey against her Self – till she finally manages to find her stand.

We’re talking about ‘Madhabi’, a masterpiece by Bhisham Sahni, adapted to Bangla by Swatilekha Sengupta, also the director of this poignant tale of a woman suffering at the hands of shallow pride, hollow duties and hypocritical values.



Drama Review: Archeekaal –Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow in the Kashmir Valley: Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival Kolkata

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

December 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Amidst reports of lessened militancy and greater number of tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir in the recent past, theatrical representations of the truth are still seeking to find an answer to pertinent issues that plague the socio-cultural-economic and political scenario in the valley of dreams.

One such dramatic representation is ‘Archeekaal’, put up in the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata, as a part of Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival on December 24, 2011.

Roshan Art Center (Kashmir) - Drama Archeekaal Written by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash, Directed By Reshi Rashid

Based on the script authored by Syed Yaqoob Dilkash and supported by Roshan Art center, the director, Mr.Reshi Rashid has attempted a factual portrayal of Kashmir, as it stands today. Viewing at the condition of the state from all important perspectives, the play also explores the causes of the never-ending strife, threatening to push the ‘Heaven on Earth’ as far back in times, as possible.



Drama Review: Mumunur Rashid's RARANG - Long Live the Battle Cry for Freedom! (Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival)

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December 24, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations):The directorial genius of Mamunur Rashid and his insights on the Santal Revolt in Northern Bangladesh comes out most clearly in the critically acclaimed stage production by Aranyak, ‘Rarang’ or the Battle Cry.

On 21 December, 2011, the theater-happy crowd of Kolkata was treated with yet another enthralling edition of this stage act at the Academy of Fine Arts, put up as a part of the Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival.

Enacted for more than a 100th time in a row, Rarang is a heart-wrenching depiction of the oppression that the Santals of Vimpur (a village in Naogaon) were put through – by the ruling Bengalis in 1947, with allusions to the Santal Revolt of 1855 during British Raj.

Inspired by the real life story of Alfred Shoren, the tribal leader who set an example of brave rebellion against the feudalism and racism, the play is enriched by the performances of veteran stage actors, like Tomalika Karmaker and Chanchal Chowdhury, apart from a memorable stint by the director himself.

Read the complete Bengali drama (Bangla Natok) review at WBRi.



Interview: Rudraprasad Sengupta on 28th Nandikar National Theater Festival 2011 and more

Inauguration of Nandikar's 28th National Theater FestivalCalcutta, Dec 20, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Noted Indian theater actor-director and head of the Kolkata-based internationally renowned Nandikar drama troupe Rudraprasad Sengupta shares some of his thoughts behind the 2011 Nandikar's National Theater Festival - the 28th consecutive year the landmark event in Indian theater is being successfully organized.

Sengupta emphasizes the ability of theater to break the boundaries of language and cultures constricting mankind to specific chunks of civilization, and shares with us how one of the best plays he has had an opportunity to watch was in Poland in the Polish language, which he could follow in spite of knowing only a couple of words of the language.

Speaking during the inauguration of the 28th edition of the Nandikar National Theatre Festival (full report here), the man who took Nandikar from a theater group to a social institution for theater spoke about how the art of theater doesn’t just need revival for its aesthetic beauty but also its power as a social tool.

Listen to Sengupta online via WBRi on-demand radio broadcast service.



Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival Inaugurated - Celebrating Indian and International Stage Productions

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December 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations): Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata will take the center stage for city theater-goers from December 16 to December 25, 2011 as Nandikar’s 28th National Theater Festival prepares to woo the audience with its ensemble of 19 performances by national and international theater groups. Read our exclusive report from the inauguration of the festival and check out our image gallery.

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Natyamela International Drama Festival Kolkata Advances Bengali Theatre Industry

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Natyamela 2011 Kolkata Program Schedule

Mamata Banerjee at Natyamela Kolkata Bangla Natok Festival

Mamata Banerjee at Natyamela Kolkata Bangla Natok Festival

Mamata Banerjee - Natya Mela Kolkata Rabindra Sadan

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Bangla Natok - Bengali Drama Performance

Bangla Natok - Bengali Drama Performance

Actor Rajatava and Singer Anindya

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Speech at Natya Mela

BANGLA NATOK Audience

Natya Mela Sign at doors

Calcutta, Dec 2, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) The first phase of the 11th Natyamela ends with the dream of an International Drama festival in Kolkata.

The 11th edition of the statewide culture fest of West Bengal, Natyamela came to a conclusion on November 30, Wednesday at the Rabindra Sadan auditorium.

An evening that started with the Natyamela theme song, it was a rendezvous of sorts with the presence of many eminent theatre personalities and Kolkata’s cultural frats coming together to commemorate Bengal’s rich theatrical heritage. Organized by the Paschimbanga Natya Akademi, a part of the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs of the West Bengal Government, this event had the honorable Chief Minister of the state, Mamata Banerjee stimulating the crowd with her encouraging words.

Setting the tempo for the evening, there were beautiful artworks and stage décor that was perfectly in-sync with the mood of the event. The event kick started with the entry of the CM, accompanied by the multi-faceted theatre persona and presently the higher education minister of the state, Bratya Basu. Ambarish Bhattacharya, a popular TV actor, welcomed the CM with a song. The presence of crème de la crème of theatre, husband-wife duo, Rudra Prasad Sengupta and Swatilekha Sengupta and Shaoli Mitra, the current Chairperson of the Committee for Heritage and Culture, lent to the evening an exclusively theatrical charm.

Read the full report and check out WBRi exclusive pictures.



Alcazar Show (Pattaya, Thailand)

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“No see Alcazar Cabaret?” came the question with a broad smile. “I beg your pardon?” I surprisingly asked the lady at the travel desk of Dusit Resort of Pattaya. I was not ready for this funny question. “Alcazar, Pattaya’s culture show” was the prompt reply. The name Alcazar always reminded me of Tintin’s friend, General Alcazar. No one in Pattaya could tell us why the renowned dance programme was named so. 


Video | BCS Cleveland Ohio Presents Bangla Natok "Adbhuture"

Natok Adbhuture at BCS Cleveland Ohio during Bijoya Sanmilani

Bengali Drama ADBHUTURE - BCS Cleveland Ohio"When a ghost named Taklu enters in Trina's life, strange things start happening. But what is the real purpose of Taklu? What does he want to accomplish? Let us watch tonight's play "Adbhuture" to see if we can get an answer to these questions."

Watch the full video of Bangla Natok ADBHUTURE performed in ICC from BCS part of Bijoya Sanmilani at Cleveland, Ohio on Nov 5th, 2011.


Audio | RABINDROMOYEE - A Special Songs & Narration Presentation Contrasting the Romance in Chandalika, Shyama & Chandalika

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Washington, DC, September 10, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Thakur, Shri Barid Baran wrote "Rabindramoyee" which depicts the comparison of THREE very popular and well known female characters created by Rabindranath - SHYAMA, CHITRANGADA and PRAKRITI (in CHANDALIKA).

The similarity between these characters is that they wanted their loved ones desperately. But the dissimilarity lies in the ways they opted to pursue their loved ones and the final outcome of their love.

Shyama sacrificed the life of a young paramour of hers in order to save Bajrasen from death as she was infatuated with him and wanted him at any cost.

Chitrangada, the only child of the king and the one to inherit the throne, falls in love with Arjun, the third of the five Pandava Brothers in the Mahabharata. But after Arjun refused her as she was not an attractive woman. She changed her appearance by the boon of Kamdev in order to reach her goal.

Prakriti was shunned by everyone around her as she was born to a lower-caste untouchable family. Her life changed when Ananda, a buddhist monk asked for water from her and made her understand that she is as human as everyone in the world. Prakriti felt re-born as a human being and fell in love with him.

However, the outcome of their love was different also.

In spite of everything Shyama did to get her love, Bajrasen left her, when he came to know about the sacrifice of life in order to save him.

After changing her appearance Chitrangada did win herself Arjun, but Arjun being a warrior looked for Chitrangada, the warrior and she came back to her original form.

Prakriti wanted Ananda and even tried her mother's magic powers to obtain him. But at the end of the day he was a monk, a hermit - a saint who had no attraction for material matters.

Listen to our special presentation - a Washington Bangla Radio exclusive.



Audio | John Van Burek, Director of "Post Office" Drama Production by Pleiades Theater Toronto Adapted from Tagore's "Dak Ghar"

JOHN VAN BUREKWashington DC, June 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) John Van Burek lives in Toronto and is a director, translator and theater teacher. In 1997, he founded Pleiades Theater whose main goal is to celebrate global cultural diversity through plays that originate in languages other than English.

A scene from His current project has been to direct the English drama "The Post Office" translated from  "Dak Ghor" by Rabindanath Tagore. Translated by Dr. Julie Banerjee Mehta (also recently interviewed by WBRi) this is the first professional level performance of "The Post Office" in Canada. The play was  performed with an international cast from May 7 through June 4, 2011 at the Berkely Street Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. 2011 also marks the 100th anniversary of the writing of "The Post Office" which has been translated into some forty languages and performed all over the world.

Listen to a fascinating chat with John.



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