Rajit Kapur, Usha Ganguly, Anant Mahapatra inaugurate theatre festival “Theatre-in-Motion” in Kolkata

By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN


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Kolkata, November 1 (Washington Bangla Radio): Theatre in Motion is a festival that will provide theatre lovers a chance to experience plays in Kolkata from prominent theatre groups of Mumbai and Delhi. The festival will be running for a span of three months. The festival which began on the 5th of October will continue till the 29th of December. The festival will be held in three cities namely Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai. The festival will bring together the best of theatre groups, personnel and art connoisseurs on a single platform. The Theatre-in-motion revolves around the idea of making the best of theatre available for viewing to connoisseurs across the county.

The inaugural of this festival was done in the presence of theatre exponents like Anant Mahapatra, Rajit Kapur and Usha Ganguly. The opening day of this festival saw the performance of Mona Ambedgaonkar and Sadiya Siddiqui in the play named Mahua. This is the first time this play has been staged in the city. The other plays which will be enacted in this thee month long festival includes One by one, Chinta Chhod Chintamani, Hadh Kardi Apne,  Dayashankar ki Diary, Adhe Adhure, 30 Days in September and many more. Some of the eminent names who will be enacting in the plays are Lilette Dubey, Ira Dubey, Yashpal Sharma, Hareesh Chhabra, Mohan Agashe, Imran Raza, Shernaz Patel, Asish Vidyarthi and many other eminent theatre personalities.

Rajit Kapur whose Rage productions presented Mahua, was extremely positive about the theatre festival. The actor said “It feels great to come to Kolkata to showcase plays. The festival will be a good way of knowing the amount of progress that plays in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi and the other languages are making in the country. This is a good way of exchanging ideas and thoughts on a common platform”. The actor who had earlier portrayed the role of Byomkesh Bakshi in a television series said “I am not young any more to play Byomkesh Bakshi. These films will be continuously made by the directors. Hence there will be new actors to play the roles”. The actor has also played the role of Al Mamun in the film Misor Rohosyo. It was during this shoot that the actor first visited Egypt. “I had a good time shooting in Egypt.

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This is my first film with Srijit and it was a pleasure working with him.  And I had a fun time with Prasenjit Chatterjee also. I also learnt a few Arabic lines during the shoot” said the actor.

Anant Mahapatra, a legendary figure in theatre highlighted on the fact that pay scales in theatre must be made conducive so that people become interested in pursuing this art. “Actors become more interested in films because they get lot of money by doing a film. This does not happen in theatre. The pay scale is not high. There must be auditoriums where plays will be enacted daily. This will increase the viewership of plays and also lead the actors to earn a good sum of money. Only when these problems will be solved will the condition of theatre improve in the country” said Anant Mahapatra.

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Theatre-in-motion is more a movement rather than simply a festival. It aims to educate the people on  the art of theatre and also to increase the viewership of this art form in India.