Broadway and Theater

Interview | Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee of Calcutta Theater Group Lokokrishti - LABORATORY Bengali Drama Production

CALCUTTA, Dec 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Phalguni and Rumki Chatterjee are veterans in the field of Bengali Professional Group Theater and founders of the renowned Bangla Theater group Lokakrishti. Their latest production LABORATORY, staged in commemoration of the author Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, is successfully running and critically acclaimed in Kolkata. Multiple award-winning film-maker Raja Sen was inspired by the theater production of Laboratory to make a Bengali film adaptation with the script written by Phalguni Chatterji. Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi correspondent in Calcutta, recorded this audio chit-chat with Phalguni and Rumki that you can listen to by pressing the Play button in the full feature.

The actor-couple Phalguni Chatterjee and Rumki Chatterjee are involved with theater from their childhood. They have seen golden age of Bengali Professional Theater, and subsequently the falling standard and eventual closing of theaters along with diminishing Bengal’s Professional Theater. They have also seen the craze of the audience for the theater in it's heyday. At the same time, they have seen the pillars and pioneers of Bengali Group Theater movement, evolution and changes in the scenario of Group Theater. They have experienced first-hand the challenges facing Group Theater regularly as they are running their own theatre group Lokokrishti for last 22 years.

Their recent production Laboratory, written by Rabindranath Tagore, is a homage to Tagore on his 150th Birth Anniversary. Though they are portraying Laboratory in it's original flavor, they include some contemporary thoughts within the play. The play is very popular now. The play has inspired renowned director Raja Sen (WBRi interview in USA) to make the film Laboratory (Bengali, 2010) and Phalguni has written the script for the film.

Ballantine’s Presents "Dinner With Friends" - A Play Directed By Feroz Khan (Gandhi My Father)

Calcutta, Dec 7, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) After a very successful association with theater as a genre, the next step was to further continue this association and take it a notch up. After a lot of research, meeting with the best minds in the theatre circuit, Ballentine's "Leave An Impression" brings to you a brand new under production play Dinner With Friends - an intimate play with a cast of four actors. This is a very eagerly awaited play from one of India’s foremost theater directors.

Dinner With Friends is a play about four friends - two married couples. We see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives. We witness the effects of the breakup of one couple on the other, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage.

The director Feroz Abbas Khan is a multi faceted man – theater director, film director, playwright and screenwriter. Every single of his theater productions have opened to a full house at the box office and continue to run even today. His past work include All the best, Saalgirah, Tumhari Amrita, Salesman Ramlal and Gandhi Viruddh Gandhi. His first film as a director ‘Gandhi, My Father’ won him critical acclaim. The film won him 2 national awards. After a long break he is back to his first love ‘theater’ with his much awaited play: 'Dinner With Friends'

Perizaad Zorabian, Tisca Chopra, Vinay Jain and Joy Sengupta form the cast of this much awaited play.

Sneak preview and interaction with the Director & the casts on Wednesday, 8th December, 2010 from 2:30 pm onwards at Saffron, Park Hotel, Kolkata.

For more information, please contact Debadrita Chatterjee:, cell: +91 - 9874045100,

GANDHI, MY FATHER 2007 Indian Hindi MovieNote about the award-winning Hindi feature film Gandhi My Father (2007): The DVD Release is available worldwide - order online here >

The world knows about Mahatma Gandhi's role in the Indian freedom movement and as a social reformer. But there are large gaps in our knowledge of Gandhi as a person and a family man, particularly the tumultuous relationship with Harilal, his eldest son.

Set against one of politically most turbulent times in India, the film tells an intensely personal story of a father struggling to resolve the destinies of his county and that of his son. Not to be forgotten is the role of Gandhi's wife, Kasturba, who was caught between the traditional, unquestioning loyalty of a Hindu wife to her husband and her love for the son.

Mahatma Gandhi could transform the soul of a nation but could not save the soul of his own son.

Cast: Akshaye Khanna, Shefali Shetty, Darshan Jariwala, Bhoomika Chawla, Daniel Janks, Ilanit Shapiro, Mithilesh Chaturvedi, Zutshi, Gregg Viljoen, Rustom Irani, Nayan Shukla, Padmesh Rawal, Mona Ambegaonkar, Akhil Mishra.

Director: Feroz Abbas Khan
Music Director: Piyush Kanojia

David Edgar-Kaushik Sen | British Council Seminar on the History of Political Plays in Britain and Bengal - A Special Report

Calcutta, Dec 4, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 3rd December, 2010, British Council has organized a discussion on the History of Political Plays in Britain and Bengal comprising David Edgar from UK and Kaushik Sen from Bengal.

The Phantom Of The Opera (Broadway Musical)

Michigan: July 29, 2010: The World’s most haunting love story is based on French writer Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra...a fascinating tale of desire, seduction, passion, betrayal, faith and love.

WBRi Event News | GANDHAR Drama Group of Kolkata presents KACHER MANUSH in Germantown, Maryland, USA

Washington, DC, July 6, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Gandhar - the Kolkata Bengali Drama (Stage Theater) - will present their production, the Bengali play "Kachher Manush" on July 18th, 2010 at 4 PM at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD.

Stage Play (Drama) Review | Road to Hell - A Stage Fusion production - Kalamandir, Kolkata

3rd July, 2010 – the weekend evening was gloomy, the weather was stuffy and I was on road to hell!! Road to Hell!!?? Yes! That evening I was watching Stage Fusion’s ( from Assam) famous murder mystery “Road to Hell” at Kalamandir, Kolkata.

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