Academy Theatre celebrated its annual musical extravaganza featuring a unique venture Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha at Jorasanko Thakurbari. The festival consisted of the Stage Productions on different facets of geniuses of Jorasanko Playhouse from the various approaches of artistic translation on the Bengali Stage. The festival also featured an Exhibition of Visuals and the Publication of the Monograph related to Jorasanko Playhouse. The festival was a humble attempt to explore how the Jorasanko Playhouse inspired the stage and its music of the colonial and the post-colonial Bengal as well as India.
Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha a selection of mancha-gatha (theatre-song) featured the different aspects and relevance of the dramatical and musical ventures of the Jorasanko Playhouse. It also showcased the changing scenes of Jorasanko Playhouse — spread as they are over the last two centuries, spanning from the playwrights like Madhusudan Dutt, Ramnarayan Tarkaratna, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Swarnakumari Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy to Abanindranath Tagore and Indira Devi Chaudhurani as well as many others, who flowed with the trend.
The production documented an interesting collage of the musical ventures of Jorasanko Theatre, never losing sight of perspective or the importance in inculcating expressions of the classic past. It has been scripted and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay while Devajit Bandyopadhyay and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay rendered the songs. It was a joint venture between Academy Theatre and West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and Rabindra Bharati University.
The book Jyotirindranather Jibonsmriti, (brought out from Deys’ Publishing) was released by Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury (Vice Chancellor, Rabindrabharati University) at the same event. The book is edited by Devajit Bandyopadhyay.