Swadhinatar Manchagaan- Theatre Songs of Independence was presented in Academy Theatre’s annual show this year at Academy of Fine Arts. The new production was about the Bengali theatre. The main emphasis was on its songs, and how it became an important force to hold aloft the spirit of patriotism.
With the passage of time these songs won the place in the nation’s clarion call for freedom during the British rule in India. With the Independence of India, Bengal has accumulated a vast repertoire of mancha-gaan (theatre-song) of patriotic and nationalistic fervor, which has been passed on from generation to generation through several decades. The festival was a humble attempt to explore the mancha-gaan which swam against the tide during the struggle for Independence to inspire the masses to march onward for their motherland along with the tribute towards the national heroes of India.
Performers like Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Debasish Basu, Diptendu Basu presented the songs by Dinabandhu Mitra, Girishchandra Ghosh, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bijan Bhattacharya and many others. It was conceptualized and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay. Songs like Nil Banore Sonar Bangla ( Devajit from Nildarpan), Timir Bidari Alokh Bihari ( Riddhi from Karagar), Andhar Dambaru Taale ( Devajit from Pralay), O Amar Desher Maati ( Diptendu, asong Tagore wrote during Bangabhanga Andolon ), Aschhe Oi Nabab Bahadur ( Devajit from Sirajuddaula ), Vande Mataram ( Devajit and Riddhi from Santan ) are worth a mention.
The celebration was followed by film shows Bhagini Nivedita, Dadathakur both at Nandan 3.
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