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"Bhul Sworgo" (Wrong Heaven)
Production: Actopia, Bay Area, California

“WHAT is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?”

We seldom get time to rest in our workaholic lifestyles, let alone savor the finer aspects of the world! Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore's creation 'Bhul Swargo' (Wrong Heaven) is a reflection of this restlessness of the society.
Residents of this heaven work tirelessly - there is everything here, except any time to rest. Amidst such a hurry, a lazy, somewhat eccentric artist's disruptive presence shakes everyone's perfectly harmonic and monotonous life.
Melodious songs, musical accompaniments, as well as colorful characterizations make the radio play (Sruti natok) 'Bhul Swargo' a masterpiece.

Cast & Crew
Actors: Swagato Basumallick, Dipak Maitra, Ruchira Majumdar, Abira Das, Piyali Biswas, Debalina Dey, Ritu Biswas, Suparna Saha, Arindam Chakraborty, Abhijit Roy, Rajarshi Roy, Jyotirmay Samanta & Amrita Sircar.
Story: Rabindranath Tagore
Concept (Porikalpona) : Swagato Basumallick
Music: Siddhartha Chatoopadhyay (instrument), Kushal Chatterjee (vocal), Amrita Sircar (vocal)
Direction (Nirdeshana) : Amrita Sircar

Ekti Gnaye Thaki (We Live in a Village)
Production: ECTA, New Jersey
What makes a family? Who are our family members?
Who is our brother and who is our sister?
What expectations do we have for our family? What are our demands?
Do we all live in a village of strangers?

"Ekti Gnaye Thaki" is the story of Ranjana and her brother, Rajat, reuniting after fourteen years. Rajat immigrates to the US with his family after Ranjana sponsors their green cards. The reunion is marked by its usual excitement followed by nostal-gia for their hometown Gobindapur they both left behind. Rajat becomes a critical link for Ranjana to relive her past, while Ranjana helps him come to terms with his decision to abandon his familiar world in Gobindapur. Ranjana is also ill and Rajat's presence offers a long awaited emollient. As the brother and the sister often slip into the past, the rest of the characters are excited at the prospects of their future in the US, especially Rajat's son, Rajib. Life gradually settles down and a quotidian harmony evolves. Yet from the beginning, the play occasionally and quite subliminally alludes to an underlying subplot that threatens the apparent calm between the two families. Eventually, through a set of related incidents, the undisclosed piece - a rather disconcerting one - is revealed. The disclosure tears apart the growing assurance of the families' suburban life, and more importantly, sets in motion a drift into the past that interrogates those relationships that were deemed normal. Though this interrogation fractures a happy picture, however, it is through this fracture, we are invited to revisit something more important - the attachment between human beings. The play above all, irrespective of its specificities of time and place, is a commentary on what it means to be a human being in relation to those we hold dear in our lives.
Cast & Crew
Villagers: Sankar, Lili, Subhodev, Aparajita, Dwaipayan, Sudipta, Abhijit
Samya Goswami
Lights: Kaushik Datta
Sound: Sonali Datta
Script & Direction: Sudipta Bhawmik

Production: Brishchik, Seattle

Written by Debabrata Dey, and co-directed by Debabrata Dey, and Sujay Chattopadhyay, "Thikana" takes its audience through an emotional roller-coaster that portrays trials and tribulations of a missing soldier's family - a family stuck in the mire of endless poverty. Cast in the background of Kolkata (Calcutta) in the early 1990s, the play tells the story of a solder who went missing in action during the freedom struggle of Bangladesh. How long would his dear ones have to wait for his return? Would he ever come back at all? And if he did, how would he find the world that that he had to leave behind almost two decades ago.

Cast & Crew
Urmi: Nahed (Rumu) Hashem,  Sumati: Ratula Chakrabarti,
Parna: Rumela Gangopadhyay, Kader: Sujay Chattopadhyay,
Biraj: Ashim Bhaumik,  Tamal: Rajarshi Ray,
Parasar: Sandeep Mukherjee, Badri: Debabrata Dey

Stage Design/Arrangement: Indranil Bannerjee, Stage Accessories: Rumela Ganguly/ Anjan Das/ Debabrata Dey, Light Design: Ratula Chakraborty, Light Arrangement: Chiranjib Sarkar/Ratula Chakroborty/Rajarshi Ray, Sound Design: Debabrata Dey, Sound Arrangement: Sujay Paul, Videography: Anjan Das, External Support: Sumana Dey

Script: Debabrata Dey
Direction: Debabrata Dey and Sujay Chattopadhyay

"Burkah Nama"
Production: Auditiya, Bay Area, California
As the global war on terror tun into Islamophobia around the world, Burkah, the veil of Muslim women has come under constant invasive scrutiny. Politics, nationalism and ideological soldiers have taken over the matter of personal preference leaving the women voiceless about their choice to embrace Burkah or otherwise. In this Compositions of Monologues, three Burkah clad women from Saudi Arabia, France and Bangladesh share their stories of struggle and survival.

Cast & Crew
Cast: Aparna Kanungo, Marufa Kaniz, Zakia Afrin
Crew: Iqbal Yusuf, Pablo Barua
Script and Direction: Zakia Afrin

Narak Gulzar
Production: Ankur, Sacramento, California
Narak Gulzar, one of the master pieces by Manoj Mitra, revolves around the depressed proletariat. Quite often, rulers turn into oppressors. In the bargain, it is the common people who have to suffer. This play raises a pertinent question: Is the supreme ruler Brahma, the creator, also an oppressor? If the answer is in the negative, why does the Omnipotent one allow the status quo to continue? Hard questions, such as the above, remained uppermost in the minds of the audience who saw the play Narak Gulzar. Mitra's allegorical play Narak Gulzar is a satire on the oppressive tendency of the evil feudal lords, corrupt businessmen, rrorists, controversial religious leaders and evil politicians. The blame for creating a hell-like situation on earth was squarely laid at the door of these autocratic people. The setting of the play Narak Gulzar is earth, hell and heaven. The gods Brahma, Narad and Jamraj as well as some human beings are the characters in the play. However, Mitra is optimistic in the conclusion. At the end of the play, he has shown the victory of the proletariat over the oppressors.
Cast & Crew
Bramha - Dipankar Chattopadhyay,  Narod - Judhajit Dutta, Jom - Gautam Dey
Chitragupta – Jeet Poddar, Guibaba – Rana Bhowmick, Pannalal – Ganesh Paul
Ghorui - Debraj Ganguli, Negnti - Juneli Ganguly, Kheyali Chakkoti – Anindita Paul
Manik - Shyamal Chattaraj, Phullora – Namrata Dey, Lokta - Arijit Chatterjee
Light and Sound: Abhijit Roy
Script: Manoj Mitra
Directed by : Namrata Dey

Production: Re-Act (Houston- Durgabari), Texas
Anthony Shaffer’s play “The Sleuth” is a much acclaimed drama. It was given a new form in Bengali dramatics by famous actor‐director Soumitra Chattopdhyay. It has been acted over the last two decades to much audience appreciation.
Satyasindhu Choudhury is descendent of Sabarna Choudhury, one of the original landlords of Calcutta. Professionally a detective story writer, he is interested in pleasures and play, with a heightened sense of flamboyance and conceit. A young man, Bimal Nandi, comes to live in his house at his invitation one evening. In a mysterious twist, casual conversation between the two leads to a fatal accident. Suddenly, amidst this commotion, arrives a police inspector. Who is this inspector? What is he investigating? Unraveling this maze of mystery and deceit takes this play to a suspense‐full thrilling climax.
Greed, lust and jealousy intermingled together to take the audience on a thrilling ride. Audience feels immersed in this game of love, human attitude, senses and deceit. It is a play bound to create an indelible mark in every drama‐lover’s mind.

Cast & Crew
Casting: Manas Saha, Kousik Bhattacharya, Partha Sen
Script Editing: Kousik Bhattacharya
Sound Operation: Partha Sen
Light Projection: Arundhati Chattopadhyay
Costume Design: Jayanti Chatterjee, Balaka Saha, Arundhati Chattopadhyay
Production Acknowledgement: Houston Durgabari, Pradip Ranjan Chatterjee, Debarati Chatterjee, Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, Soma Sarkar


Durga Puja 2016 in Retrospect

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