International Theater Festival Kolkata
The fourth International Theatre Festival, of Kalindi Bratyajon is an International theatre festival in all regards. The attraction of this year’s festival is the participation of France, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh besides teams from Kolkata and Delhi. This Theatre Festival is one of the most revered events of its kind and is attended by a plethora of the most eminent theatre and film personalities of both National and International acclaim. The press conference to announce the start of this festival took place at Oxford Bookstore in the august presence of Mr. Bratya Basu (eminent Theatre and Film personality and Director of Kalindi Bratyajon), Mr. Fabrice Etienne (Consul general of France, Kolkata), Mr. Stephane Amalir (Director, Alliance francaise du Bengale), Mr. Oscar Castro Ramirez (Director, Aleph Theatre, Paris, France), Mr. Parakram Niriella (Director, Janakaraliya, Sri Lanka) and Mr. Suresh Bharadwaj (Faculty, National School of Drama and Director, Aakar Kala Sangam, Delhi).
“The word Janakaraliya means ‘theatre of the people’. The performing arts in Sri Lanka dates back many years ago. After 1983, the cordial relations between the Tamil and Sinhala populations came to an end. There was mistrust and hence no joint productions. A gap emerged that we are now trying to fill. Payanihal is a joint collaboration between Tamil and Sinhala theatre actors. The play is directed by Selvaraj Leelavathy and Ronika Chamalee. One of them is Tamil and the other Sinhalese,” said Parakrama Niriella, director, Janakaraliya.
Noted playwright and actor Oscar Castro Ramirez is on his first visit to the city. “I feel exotic as it seems that I am surrounded by brothers from different countries,” Ramirez said in French and Alliance Francaise du Bengale director Stephane Amalir acted as interpreter on the occasion.
Bratya Basu has written many plays and some of them will be staged in the theatre festival. Boma, Chatushkon are the plays written by Bratya Basu which will be staged in the theatre festival.
Some of the other plays that will be staged include Anandibai (Director Debasish Biswas), Stumped (Director Zain Ahmed), The Mist (Director Oscar Castro Ramirez), Kankra (Director Debasis Ray) and others.
The International Theatre Festival will continue till the 10th of June.