All posts tagged: Theatre

From Revenge to a Reconciliation Factory

When you’re an adult, one of the many things you miss the most is probably the ingenuousness of your childhood and the simplicity it once bestowed upon your forsaken infancy. Gone are the simple and colorful splashes of a livelihood that once made you happy. But you’ve always gotta move forward; well, that’s the only option!! And with coming-to-age technologies and social media it’s getting even harder everyday to keep up with the simplicity that you once experienced. We just can’t seem to hold on to and get enough of them. And it’s not just about an intricate lifestyle but everything aesthetic we are revolved around with. From a piece of art to a fragment of music, we tend to seek the steepest ravine to appreciate the art and the artist. Walking into the auditorium on Anya Theater’s Revenge Factory, directed by Debashish, there’s an instant feeling of proximity conveyed upon the audiences as soon as the curtain unravels. A utility pole entangled with wires with an almost fuzzy yellow light hanging from it. Just …

অথৈ জল / Unfathomable Water (2018).

On June 14, 2018 The Times Of India published an article or rather an advertisement that read, “Purba Paschim launches poster, set to stage new play.” And three days later after that, on June 17 the same news paper alluded, “Purba Paschim pays tribute to three doyens of Bengali literature.” They are: Manik Bandyopadhyay’s Diba Ratrir Kabya, Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay’s Hasuli Banker Upokotha and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s Athoi Jol. A paradigm of an excellent marketing, indeed, I’d put it that way, as the play was going to be premiered on July 22 at Academy of Fine Arts. Added to that, the novel was scripted by Ujjwal Chattopadhay, with editing and direction from none other than Bratya Basu. The adaptation holds actors like Debshankar Haldar and the founder and director of Purba Paschim himself, Soumitra Mitra. Though it has taken me months to finally get around and see the play eventually. The day, it came. On the last Sunday I finally got around to see Athoi Jol. A plot that takes place in the time of pre-WWII Bengal. The story revolves around the protagonist …