City’s only solo arts festival, pHREEDOM4EVER Monologues 2016 was organized recently. Presented by pHREEDOM4EVER, an organization that aims to promote cultural excellence and brand equity with the right amount of commerce is the brain child of its founder Chaity Ghosh. The festival Monologues is the prodigy of Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, a well known interdisciplinary artist from Kolkata.
This is the fifth year of the festival and the founders felicitated young achievers in arts, titled The Solo Room Awards. The festival began with eminent personalities like Srikanto Acharya, Rudraprasad Sengupta and Srijato giving away awards to young artists like Gaurav Chakraborty, Jaya Ahsan, Priyanka Sarkar, Saptarshi Maulik,Arna Mukhopadhyay, Turna Das, Soumyajit Majumdar, Parantap Ketan, Subhashis Dasgupta,Daminee Basu, Dipayan Ganguly. The festival began with a solo performance based on the theme fof emale impersonification in a male body by Sudarshan Chakravorty. A theatrical solo by Kartikey Tripathi based on Divya Prakash Dubey’s text Class Nine B and fusion vocals by Madhubanti Bagchi who presented Ghazals, Kajri, Thumri even folk songs, supported by Sibashish Banerjee were the other attractions.
The second day of the festival began with a solo vocal recital by Rupankar who performed songs of Bob Dylan, Rabindranath Tagore, Md Rafi. A solo play-reading based on Dukhe Keora by Ramkumar Mukhopadhyay was done by theatre thespian Debshankar Halder.
On both the days the festival had free entry for enthusiasts. The huge turn up of the audience proved how much the people appreciated this two day long festival.
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