Conceptualized by arts personality Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee and presented by Future Media School, FUTURE FOOTPRINTS OBHIJATRA reflected the journey of artists who challenged their gender and converted it into a performance to give it a broader spectrum of art. The two day event saw spirited performances by many artists and felicitation of such impersonators who have created magic with their art.
The final day of this two-day arts fiesta on impersonation began with an insightful presentation on the history of impersonation in the theatre of the west by acclaimed scholar and critic Prof. Ananda Lal. This was followed by artistic performances where the essence was the fact that gender is above genitals—it is spectrum of arts. Rohit Shantanu Nath played the quintessential Nandini of Raktakarabi, Suprovo Tagore and Samantak of Shriek of Silence chose The Vagina Monologues and Maya Angelou’s poetry for their perspectives of gender. Aditya Sengupta and Kheya Chattopadhayay weaved in magic through a brief presentation of three eternal Broadway songs to communicate their ideas of gender-fluidity. Usha Ganguly’s readings of Manto’s letters and Sohini Sengupta’s portrayal of Shylock heightened the spirit of the evening. Pranati Tagore’s powerful rendition of KARNA, a poem by Sabyasachi Deb was mesmerizing. Nivedita Bhattacharya and Shuktara Lal’s presentation challenged the ethos of patriarchy. Actors of Nandikar presented an absolutely fascinating collage of performances based on texts by Rabindranath Tagore. Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee’s portrayal of Lady Macbeth was dark and intense.
The select audience comprised the likes of Rudraprasad Sengupta, Swatilekha Sengupta, Barun Chanda, Bijoylakshmi Burman, Parama Banerjee and many others.
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