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New Bengali Fortnightly Magazine Ajker Sampurna launched; Apollo Hospitals Initiative

Aajker Sampurna Magazine Launched

“We live in strange times- when speaking Bengali which is the mother tongue of Bengalis is considered to be a matter of low self esteem. Taking the initiative to bring out a Bengali magazine during this time is a great initiative and deserves much praise. Apollo Hospitals have really done a great job” said eminent theatre personality Bibhas Chakraborty at the launch of Bengali magazine Ajker Sampurna. Also present at the occasion were Dr. Rupali Basu, President and CEO- Eastern Region, Apollo Hospitals Group, painter Anup Roy, Ramanath Roy, Sukanta Gongopadhyay, makeup artist Aniruddha Chakladhar and others.


Ajker Sampurna is the second magazine of Apollo Hospitals Group. The first magazine was B Positive which was published from Hyderabad. B Positive focused on family and health issues.


The fortnightly magazine will not only highlight on the illness affecting people but also focus on the wellness factors too. “Many diseases that people suffer from in recent times are lifestyle diseases. With this magazine, we will be encompassing subjects that influence life of modern women. Apart from the health quotient, there will be sections on fashion, travel, accessories, films, entertainment, poetry, theatre, fitness and nutrition. Short stories, poems and serial novel will also be a part of this magazine” said Dr Rupali Basu.


Lyricist and musician Srijato is the invited editor of the poetry section of the magazine. The first issue of the magazine contains stories written by Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Sanjib Chattopadhyay, Syd Samsul Haque (Bangladesh), Ramanath Roy and Sukanta Gongopadhyay.

The fortnightly magazine will be available at the stands on the first and fifteenth of every month. The magazine has been priced at Rs.30.

Priyanka Dutta

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The World Celebrates International Theater Day Today; A look back at the International Conference and Theater Festival held in Kolkata


Rabindra Bharati University’s Department of Drama in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, organized Shakespeare Reconsidered — the 25th UGC International Conference and Theatre Festival to celebrate the 450th birth anniversary of William Shakespeare. The Festival was held between March 17 and 20, 2015, at the Jorasanko Thakurbari, Kolkata. The festival had conferences and workshops, a theatre festival based on Shakespeare’s works, and also an exhibition on ‘Shakespeare and Bengali Theatre’.


Reputed persons from the field of theatre delivered keynote addresses and special lectures. There were 48 scholar-participants from various countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Taiwan and Japan, apart from Indian delegates who came from various parts of the country.


The inaugural session was graced by the presence of eminent theatre person Bibhas Chakraborty as the Chief Guest, along with Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University. Theater-workshop-kolkata

The theatre festival showed how Shakespeare, as a playwright has, for the last 430 years, inspired various theatre productions. This has given rise to a huge body of experimental productions on the various plays of the Bard.

The plays presented during the theatre festival were Macbeth Question – Santanu Bose – Bose Studio, New Delhi on March 17, Fall of a King – Palash Protim Mech – OFTAS, Sibsagar on March 18, Macbeth – Sudip Chakraborty – Padatik Nattya Sangsad, Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 19 and Fagun Rater Goppo – Tarun Pradhan – Theatre Repertory, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata on March 20, the concluding day.

The international theatre festival was therefore a great success and paved the way for better understanding of Shakespeare in today’s time.

Priyanka Dutta

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