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.
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