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Future Footprints Obhijatra Mesmerizes Audience on Day 2 with Performances by Acclaimed Impersonators

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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.

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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.

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The select audience comprised the likes of Rudraprasad Sengupta, Swatilekha Sengupta, Barun Chanda, Bijoylakshmi Burman, Parama Banerjee and many others.

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Obhijatra: Exploring Androgyny and Impersonation in Theatre; Conceptualized by Interdisciplinary Artist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee

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FUTURE FOOTPRINTS: OBHIJATRA is an arts project to explore the concepts of androgyny and impersonation in theatre and has been conceptualized by interdisciplinary artist Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee.

The latter half of the 19th century and the early 20th century was a period of transition when the public image of Indian womanhood was being crafted not only through literature and social experiments but also through the commercial media of the Parsi theatre and silent cinema.  The female image presented perpetuated patriarchal control not only of the material female body, but of its visual manifestations too.

Sita, Draupadi, Subhadra, Damayanti and other heroines from epic and myth have long been celebrated in the visual and verbal arts and rightly credited with establishing gender roles for women in Indian society. But what did it mean when men played their parts, as was so often the case in pre-modern performance traditions? Were the paradigms of womanly virtue parodied by the cross-dressed actor, or did his masquerade contribute to the construction of a ‘powerful ideal’? How was the spectator’s gaze focused by the conventions of female impersonation? Such questions have rarely been asked, perhaps because they expose to self-conscious inquiry, a practice so ubiquitous and widely accepted in south Asia as to appear invisible.

Bringing such elementary questions into the limelight is what Obhijatra all about. The event is going to take place on 20th April.​

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Theatre Festival Kolkata romROMA Continues to Delight the theater Lovers in Its Third Edition

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Kolkata romROMA began its journey after the demise of the great theatre personality Late Sri Ramaprasad Banik. The students of this theatre artist have formed this group to continue with their zeal for Bengali theatre.

A press conference to announce the third edition of this theatre festival was recently organized by this group. The press conference saw the presence of Timir Biswas, Poulomi Chatterjee (Soumitro Chatterjee’s daughter), Soumyadip Halder and others.

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This is also the first time that a theme song was released for this theatre festival in association with Rooh Music. Akash Chakraborty has penned down the lyrics of this theme song.

Fifteen teams from all over the city will be performing in this three day theatre festival namely Ankur, the Third Mask, Writabak, Fireflies, Ranjaak, wrong Go Moncho, Rupakar, Drama Parasites, Chaepani, Kolkata romROMA and others.

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Kolkata romROMA started from 24th January and will end on 26th January. The festival is being held at Gyan Manch.

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Odeum Festival 2016 announced, Plays by Eminent Theater Artists to be the Primary Attraction of the Event


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“It is very important for people to come and bring their friends and colleagues with them. In this way new audience will be created for theatre. People always hanker after free tickets and passes. But instead they should spend some money on the tickets and support the art” said Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee at the press meet of Odeum Festival 2016.

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The press conference was also attended by Sudipa Basu, Bijoylakshmi Pandit, Premasish Dey, Kheyali Dastidar, Arunava Dutta and others.

Odeum Festival 2016 will be held from 8th to 12th January. Eminent personalities like Mahesh Bhatt, Arvind Gaur, Imran Zahid, Makrand Deshpande, Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, Sudipa Basu, Manish Mitra, Sourav Palodhi will be presenting plays in front of the audience.

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The theme music of Odeum Festival 2016 was also launched at the event. The music has been brought out by Rooh Music.

Praising the effort of Bengalitheatre.in, Ritabrata Bhattacharya said “This is indeed a great effort. Using modern promotional mediums to propagate theatre is indeed a good idea. The fact that youngsters are working behind this event is indeed very heartening”.

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With this event, bengalitheatre.in is trying to engage the corporate bodies in this endeavor to propagate this art form. This will be part of the social responsibility of the corporate bodies.

The plays will be held in cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Punjab and also in neighboring country, Bangladesh.

Odeum Festival 2016 will be able to give momentum to theatre and also inspire young minds to get involved in it.

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Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee’s Theater Monologue ‘Happy Birthday’ Addresses Issues Pertaining to Sexual Prototypes


Announcement of Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee’s theatre monologue Happy Birthday

In the august presence of Jayant Kriplani, Tirthankar Mahalanobis ,Kaushik Mitra, Choiti Ghoshal, Sudipa Bose, Biplab Dasgupta and Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, Sujoy Prosad’s latest theatre monologue Happy Birthday was announced.

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Happy Birthday is a play which addresses issues pertaining to sexual prototypes. It also makes one to think and love oneself.

Speaking about the play, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee said “The play has been well received abroad. I hope the audiences in the city will be able to relate with the ideas that I have tried to showcase in this play”.

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Kaushik Mitra Productions which had produced the Bengali film Choukaat in 2015 and will be releasing Aranyadeb in 2016 is the patron for Sujoy’s play Happy Birthday.

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An animated discussion followed in which the celebrities present threw light on the various positives and negatives of the play. The day being Sujoy Prosad’s birthday, a cake was also cut on the occasion.

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Chaiti Ghoshal said “The play engaged me very much. It was like a journey of Sujoy which he enacted in the play. It was very touching. I could relate with it very much”.

The theatre monologue Happy Birthday will be staged on 16th and 17th December at Padatik.

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