Amodito Roddur

We live in the time of facile relationships; where inner bonding is being substituted by outer spectacles. Permanence of partnership is being overtaken by skin deep achievements of ‘relationship goals’. From the rubble of modern day love, emerges “Amodito Roddur”. It is a two act play directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay. The first act has been penned by Chattopadhyay himself; while Nirmal Verma lends literacy magic for the second act. It is neither a retelling of contemporary love nor an inquisition against its failure. “Amodito Roddur” is a fleeting glance at the very essence of love. Ankita Majhi’s glance in the first act is as furtive as two souls falling in love at first sight; while Arpita Ghosh’s glance in the second act is drenched in melancholy of a long lost past. They are searching for the love they once had. With nostalgia as our vessel, we journey with these two women to find our own glance.

Play: Nirmal Verma & Debesh Chattopadhay

Direction &Scenography: DebeshChattopadhay

Acting: AnkitaMajhi and ArpitaGhosh

Music: SreyanChattopadhay

First Show: 7th April 2018, Academy of Fine Arts

Maachi

Maachi has been adapted from “The Flies” by Jean Paul Sartre. The play starts with Orestes’ quest to find his true self and ends on his existential decision of defiance and sacrifice. In a locale where plague reigns supreme, flies scourge guilt ridden humans, sordid imagery haunts the milieu, saviours need somewhere to belong to and sadistic gods seek hideouts to eavesdrop, Sartre’s version of the Electra Myth comes to life. Continuing the tradition of reworking of ancient Greek myths in the pro-holocaust scientific age, Sartre uses the myth of Electra to incorporate his existential themes into The Flies for a modern audience.

Play: ‘The Flies’ written by Jean Paul Sartre.

Adapted, translated, scripted and Directed by Arpita Ghosh

Scenography: DebeshChattopadhay

Acting: ShyamalChakraborty, ShyamasishPahari, TamaliChakraborty, GambhiraBhattyacharya, MonalisaChatterjee, DebkamalMondalAnirban Roy Choudhary and others

Music: SreyanChattopadhay

First Show: 20th May 2017, Minerva Theatre

Samadhan

The play Samadhan is Bengali translation of a world famous play “The Measures Taken” ,written by the twentieth century German Dramatist _ Bertolt Brecht. It was translated in Bengali by the eminent theatre personality Utpal Dutta.

Four Agitators from Moscow return from a successful mission in China and are congratulated for their efforts by a central committee (called The Control Chorus). The four agitators, however, inform the committee that during their mission they were forced to kill a young comrade for their mission to succeed. They ask for judgment from the committee on their actions. The committee holds their verdict until after the four agitators re-enact the evens that lead to the young comrade’s death.

The four agitators tell of how they were sent on a mission to educate and help organize the workers in China. At a party house(the last before they reach the frontiers of China) they meet an enthusiastic young comrade, who offers to join them as their guide. The agitators must hide their identities because educating and organizing the workers in China is illegal. The director of the party house (the last before the frontier) helps the four agitators and young comrade in the obliteration of their true identities. They all put on masks in order to appear as Chinese. They are told to keep concealed that they are

communist. Their mission must remain a secret. Should they be discovered, the authorities will attack the organization and the entire movement; not merely the lives of the four agitators and the young comrade will be put in danger. The agitators and the young comrade all agree to these conditions.

As a result, he eventually exposes himself and the four agitators by ripping off his mask and proclaiming the teaching of the party. When he does this, he puts the entire mission and movement in danger. He is identified, unmasked, just as riots break out and a revolutionary uprising among the worker is beginning. The authorities are now in pursuit of the young comrade and his friends. Still shouting out against the party, the young comrade is struck in the head by one of the agitators and they carry him as far away as they could, to the nearly lime pits. There, the agitators debate on what to do with him.

To save the movement, they conclude that their only solution is for the young comrade to die and be thrown in the lime pits where he will be burned and become unrecognizable. They ask him for his consent to this. The young comrade agrees to his fate in the interest of revolutionizing the world and in the interest of communism. He asks the four agitators to help him with his death. They shoot him and throw his body into the lime pit.

Based on play written by Bertolt Brecht

Translated by Utpal Dutta

Directed by Arpita Ghosh

Assistant Director – Suddhyan Chattopadhyay.

First Show : 12th September 2016, EZCC

Inaugural show in Kolkata Theatre Festival organized by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre

Karubasona

The play – Karu Basona is based on the novel written by Jibanananda Das in 1932. It is believed to be by and large an autobiographical novel of the poet that was published posthumously in 1986.

The play is centred around a man whose love for art (Karu) takes his mind away from this material world. He has a family, but his love for art makes him careless and lost in that world. His wife complaints.His daughter suffers. His parents wants him to grow in life, become rich enough to make the family happy. But he, being a part of the world of Passion for Art (KaruBasona), is not bothered about the materialistic desire. He loves to spend time in nature. He loves to watch the ripples in the water when a stone is thrown. He loves to see the gentle breeze on the paddy fields and loves to listen to song of the nature. His creative mind meanders in the field of performing arts where he adores great performers and dreams to be in their world of magnificent performances, not bothering about the fact that he is ignorant about his family, his wife, his daughter or his parent’s material requirement. When his wealthy uncle comes as a guest to stay in their house, his parents try to serve him beyond their capacity only with an expectation that his influence will get their son well placed in life. However this man, when asked to talk about his career, he fails to do that and discusses artistic world with the uncle, who takes advantage of the situation and instead of helping him, exploits the family. This further ruins the family life even economically but the man hardly is moved by such failures. His love for art continues and his desire of creativity grows to an extent that one day, being in his own world, he dies in a road accident and leaves the material world in search of a world where he finds his true passion where family, money or influential rich relative hardly matters. Karubasona is almost like an autobiography of the poet which depicts the failure of a family person in search of true love for Art, which never got satisfied in this material world.

Based on JibananandaDas ‘s novel Karubasona

Dramatised & Directed by Arpita Ghosh

Scenography: DebeshChattopadhyay

Music – IndradipDasgupta

Actors in lead role – Neel Mukherjee, Anirban Bhattacharya, BabuDutta Roy, Abhijit  Mishra and others. Also Shri Joy Goswami in a special role.

First  Show : 22nd August 2015, Academy of Fine Arts

Streer Patro

Written in an epistolary form, the story is about Mrinal who has written a  letter to her husband. She is writing a letter for the first time in their fifteen years of being married. Writing from Puri, she recalls her childhood and how she came into his family as the second bride in his joint family. Through the institution of marriage, she recalls how in the marriage market, looks constitute the most important part to be bride. Intelligence was a curse. She used to secretly write poems and at her husbands house. Her daughter dies after being born and the confinement in which Mrinal has to stay has been described as unhygienic. The entry of Bindu in her life brings a change and Tagore shows the treatment of women as dependents in a house. The suffering that Bindu goes through and the final outcome of her committing suicide goes to show the extent of emotional abuse a woman goes through and is still blamed even after her death for the errors that haven’t been committed by her. Mrinal unable to bear the suffocating environment of the house decides to leave behind everything under the pretext  of going on a pilgrimage and decides to secretly take Bindu along. By the time the letter comes to an end, we find Mrinal free in person and in her thoughts- freely able to convey what she thought about the society in general and her husband in particular.

Tagore through the story of  Mrinal speaks out about every small vice which still prevails in India even at the turn of the century -the upper castes, patriarchy and child marriage to name a few. Mrinal suffers because of her intelligence.

The play is produced by Pancham Vaidic. Dramatized, directed and solo acted by Arpita Ghosh.

Play: Rabindranath Tegore

Dramatised & Directed by ArpitaGhosh

Acting: ArpitaGhosh

First Show:

Duto Din

“Duto Din” is indeed the story of solitude of human. A lonely soul always seems to suffer from insecurity. His family, his lifestyle seems to be meaningless. Life to him, as such, becomes benumbed…suffocating. So he becomes restless for his desired salvation.In this play we face some jeopardized souls who is desperate for this salvation…. Atul…an old man…who finds solace in cherishing the memory of his departed wife…seeks salvation in this reminiscence… Lalita….lives in a  world of unknown anxiety. An imaginary fright disturbs her life…and she continues to live in this fright. Younger sister…Ronita and her corporate executive husband, Ujjwal…are as if residents of isolated islands. Their opulent lifestyle lacks the basic precondition of married life, which is trust. Among them suddenly we see two people, the maid Kalpana& her child Ribhu – who belong to a different world altogether. Their life is like a free flowing river. Young Ribhu’s simplicity and candid conversations brings a gust of fresh air in the suffocated lifestyle of thesepeople.On one hand the complicacy of life, and on the other hand the desire for salvation – is what this play lead us to. But is this exigency of human existence is just an affair of two days? …or is it the crisis of the endangered human lifestyle which engulfs human feelings into deep solitude? In this dazzling world don’t we find a Lalita, Ronita, Ujjal…or more importantly an Atul in our daily routine of life? Can we say with conviction that none of us are not as selfish……or as jeopardized… as they are?

Play: BratyaBasu
Directed by ArpitaGhosh

Acting: Debshankar Halder, Arpita Ghosh, Poulami Basu, Sohon Bandopadhya and others

First Show : 11th November 2014

Sesh Sutro

Based on Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Man

Translated, dramatised by Anik Ghosh

Directed By Arpita Ghosh

Assistant Director : AnikGhosh

First Show : 24th August 2014

Astomito Madhyanha

The play –  The Play is based on the German Novel “Darkness At Noon” (German name : Sonnenfinsternis, meaning Solar Eclipse). The Bengali play-script has been adapted from the English version of the novel “Darkness at Noon” translated by Daphne Hardy.

The original novelis by the Hungarian born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940. This is his best-known work and tells the tale of Rubashov,  an old Bolshevik and October Revolutionary, who is cast out, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the very Soviet Union he once helped to create.

Based On Arthur Koestler‘s Darkness At Noon

Translated, dramatised & Directed by ArpitaGhosh

Acting: Krishna Kisor Mukherjee, BabuDutta Roy, Sudip Mukherjee, Debkamal Mondal and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First  Show : 22nd August 2013, Academy of Fine Arts

Achalayatan

Achalayatanis built on a story of resistance to the naturalness of life. Mahapanchak’sAchalayatan represents a quest of dry wisdom, that turns into a petrified land of illusion and immobility.In essence the play is a strong indictment of our ethic-religious and educational system drained of all meaning and rendered bloodless, dry and sterile through over- emphasizing rules for rules sake.

Play : Rabindranath Tagore

Direction : Arpita Ghosh

Acting: ArpitaGhosh, Babu Dutta Roy, Anirban Roy Choudhury, Debkamal Mondal, Sudip Sengupta, Swapan Adhya and others.

Music – Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show : 4th August 2012

Ebong Debjani

This play takes us back to Mahabharata and introduces us to Debjani, daughter of Sukracharya, he teacher of the Demons and depicts how her love life has always been based upon falsehood.

Based on Mahabharata

Dramatisation and Direction: ArpitaGhosh

Acting: Anirban Roy Choudhary, Arpita Ghosh, Anik Ghosh, Sibanjana Nandi, Sudip Sengupta and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show:

Aparajita

This is a drama of three short stories. Kalyani of “Aparichita”, Haimanti of “Haimanti” & Mrinalini of “Strir Patra”  -these three women of middle class Bengali family struggle to discover one’s true identity and fight for their self dignity.

Based on three stories Apirichita,Haimanti&Strir Patra of Rabindranath Tagore

Dramatisation and direction: Arpita Ghosh

Acting: Arpita Ghosh, Debkamal Mondal, Swapan Adhya, Pallab Banerjee, Palas Das, Anik Ghosh, Sudip Sengupta and others.

Music : Tarit  Bhattacharya

First Show: 25th October 2010,Tapan Theatre

(In memorial of Tripti Mitra’s birth Anniversary)

GhareBaire

The most important theme in the Ghare Baire involves the Swadeshi movements and love.The  three main characters Nikhilesh, Bimala & Sandip have never been confined to their interpersonal relationship. Bimala,  as a symbol of ordinary people like us, is caught between two contradictory ideologies: that of austere,and unchanging path of truth that Nikhilesh follows and the strategy of short-term gains that  Sandip chooses.

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel “Ghare Baire”

Dramatisation and direction : Arpita Ghosh

Acting: Santilal Mukherjee, Debdut Ghosh, Arpita Ghosh, Manali Chatterjee and others.

Music :Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show: 22August,2009, Academy

Narokio

Four damned souls,Samrat Sarkar,Bonny,Dilip Vaswani&MadanRaju are brought to the same room in hell by a mysterious valet..All four characters have died and arecondemned to the unmalleable truth of their past action.As we go through the playwe see the Godhrariots,Bhopal Gas Tragedy as the sub-plot of the play.

Based On Jean Paul Satre’s“No Exit”

Adaptation, Direction: Arpita Ghosh

Acting: Debkamal Mondal, Pallab Banerjee, Swapan Adhya, Palas Das and others

First Show: 22 August 2008,Academy

Tokolosh

This play tells us about racism .It is based on a great fables where Tokolosh is an imaginary symbol of hope for the Black oppressed people, which motivates the struggleof the racial discrimination against all oppressions of the whites, the so called Superiors. At last the struggle of Blacks lead to nonviolence movement with peace & harmony.

Story : Ronald Segel

Translated, Dramatized & Directed by Arpita Ghosh

Acting: Suparna Mitra Bhowmik, Swapan Adhya, Debkamal Mondal, Arpita Ghosh, Babu Dutta Roy, Gogol, Sudip Sengupta and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show: 12th June 2007,Madhusudan Mancha

Poshukhamar

Poshukhamar is based on the allegorical novel by George Orwell .It is about a group of animals who rebel against the humans who run the farm.They live on and run it themselves with hopes of being equal,free & happy. In the end, however the new rule becomes a cruel tyranny of its own led by the pigs.

Story : George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”

Translated, dramatised & Directed by ArpitaGhosh

Acting: Debatosh Ghosh, Saoli Mitra, Suparna Mitra Bhowmik, Swapan Adhya, Debkamal Mondal, Debabroto Ghosal, Tusher Roy and others

Music: Tarit  Bhattacharya

First Show : 22 August 2006, Academy.

Lanka Dahan Pala

It is another production by the Children wing of PanchamVaidic. It is based on the Ramayana.

How Hanuman visited Lanka to meet with Sita and how he escaped by setting the city on fire. This popular tale is  presented before the audiencewith a musical flavour .

Play : Lila Majumder

Direction : Arpita Ghosh

Supervision: SaoliMitra

Acting: Arjama, Sibanjana, Tiya, Bihan, Gogol, Tista, Bittu, Prantika, Sujan, Matun and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show : 24 August, 2005, Uttam Mancha

Chandali

Chandali tells the story of Prakriti, a tribal girl, enamoured of Ananda, a handsome Buddhist monk, forcing her mother to use her magic spells to draw the man to her. Guilt drives the mother to her death. Ananda leaves Prakriti, who left  alone, asks herself : What is there at the end of  our journey?

Based on Rabindranath Tagore’s Chandalika

Dramatised & Directed by Saoli Mitra

Acting: Saoli Mitra, Arpita Ghosh, Anirban Roy Choudhary and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show : 22 August ,2005, Uttam Mancha

Ha Ja Ba Ra La

HA JA BA RA LA is created by Sukumar Roy. He is recognised as one of the best writer of nonsense verse. It is a fantasy with all ‘impossibles’. It reveals fine criticism too about the society we live in with hilarious but sharp comments.

Story : Sukumar Roy

Dramatisation& Direction:  ArpitaGhosh

Supervision : SaoliMitra

Acting: Arjama, Sibanjana, Tiya, Bihan, Gogol, Tista, Bittu and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show : 5th September,2004, Ballygunge Siksha Sadan

Rajnaitik Hatya?

The play is both a political tale of power struggle between corrupt parties and the dramatisation of Sartre’s philosophical beliefs This play has been set in the historical scenario of the 1940s.In this play Sartre raised many questions about the right path for socialist politics, human relations and political means.

Original Play : Les Mains Sales (Dirty Hands or Crime Passionate)

Play : Jean Paul Sartre

Translation : ArpitaGhosh

Direction : SaoliMitra

Acting: Suparna Mitra Bhowmik, Sidhartha Chakrobarty, Swapan Adhya, Debkamal Mondal, Arpita Ghosh, Babu Dutta Roy, Anirban Roy Choudhary and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show :22 August ,2004, Ballygunge Siksha Sadan

Putul Khela

Putul Khela is not merely about women’s liberation and gender politics. It explores the significance of man-women relationship and goes back to the very roots of society. These relationships have many layers. They involve the most subtle games. A Doll’s House begins to disintegrate right before our eyes.We find that even in the 21st century this 19th century play about relationships leaves us shaken.

Play : Henrik Ibsen

Adaptation : Sombhu Mitra

Direction : Saoli Mitra

Acting: Saoli Mitra, Supriti Mukhopadhay, Babu Dutta Roy and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First  Show : 19 May, 2002 Antarongo Natmancha

Sujan Brotir Simanta

It is an anti war play against the shadow of Kargil War. SujanBroti is the representative of the very common people who want to live peaceful normal lives.But unfortunately Sujan belongs to a society full of ‘corruptions’ and ‘dishonesty’.The struggle begins there. All those normal human reactions of a sensitive person is counted to be highly abnormal in the age of decadence.

Play : Suprity Mukhopadhay

Direction : Saoli Mitra

Acting: Supriti Mukhopadhay, Amarnath Upadhay, Sibnath Chattopadhaya

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show : 22 August, 2000 Academy

Agnimantha

The play ‘Agnimantha’ tells the story of a family against the socio and political incidents of the 20th century.It tries to search for a balance that could give our society a bit of stability.It tells the story of those who crave for a better world,who believe in words like ‘honesty,’morality’.

Play : Supriti  Mukhopadhyay

Direction : Saoli Mitra

Acting: Seema Mukhopadhyay, Supriti Mukhopadhyay, Debkamal Mondal, Sandipan Bandopadhyay  and others

Music: Tarit  Bhattacharya

First Show : 22 August, 2000 Academy

Bitata Bitangsha

This play deals with the environmental as well as social pollution.All the events take place in the present a difficult time witnessing the decay of the rural culture in the whirlwind of urbanisation. This is our time when social and environmental pollution threatens us.A time when we are witness to unthinking scientific and technological advancements that affect commoners.

Play : Supriti Mukhopadhay

Direction : Saoli Mitra

Acting: Saoli Mitra, Supriti Mukhopadhyay, BabuDutta Roy, Debkamal Mondal, SraboniChakraborty and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show: March 1996, Academy

Kathaa Amritasamaan

The Play : ‘…Kathaa Amritasamaan’  is a play based on the Mahabharata. It speaks of the moral values, of the right & wrong, of the horrors of war and its aftermath that were not only true for the characters of the epic but are true for us as well – the present day man and his society. Complex, multilevel & multidimensional causes compel one to express oneself. The events arouse a thousand questions in her, so she poses questions and puts her own comments while narrating the events. And thus she delves deep into the world of Mahabharata. Looking back from Draupadi, she explores Kunti, Gandhari, Ambika, Satyabati. Wisdom of Bhisma amazes her. She is intrigued by the character of Krishna, his playful childhood, his endeavour to build an empire on the basis of justice or to improve the lot of his clan ending in nothing.

Produced by : Sombhu Mitra

Play & Direction : Saoli Mitra

Solo acting : Saoli Mitra

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First  Show : 1990, Kolkata

Raja

Tagore’s “Raja”tell us that each one of us has to journey through an incomprehensible darkness which permeates the petty logic of our everyday routine. We are conscious of the presence of this darkness but try to push it back all the time. And that makes us fragmented.This play portrays the pilgrimage of Sudarshana to that realization.

Play : Rabindranath Tagore

Presention : SombhuMitra

Acting: SaoliMitra, Bijoylaxhmi Barman, Kali Prasad Ghosh and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First Show: March,1987 Rabindra Sadan

Dasachakra

Dasachakra is the Bengali adaption of the play ” An Enemy Of The People” by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. Dr.Purnendu Guha is the central character here who fights against the corruption of the society.but he is left alone in this fight as all the evil forces of power stands against him.

Original play: An Enemy Of  The People by Henrik Ibsen

Adaptation and Direction : Sombhu Mitra

Acting: Sombhu Mitra, Saoli Mitra, Shyamal Chakraborty, Bijoylakhsmi Barman, Dwijen Bandyopadhyay, Kaushik Chattyopadhyay and others

Music: Tarit Bhattacharya

First  Show : September ,1985 Rabindra Sadan,

Naathavati Anaathavat

Naathavati Anaathavat revolves around to Draupadi of the Mahabharata. Though she had five husbands there was none to protect her. She was a king’s daughter but was humiliated in the court of another king,Dhritarashtra.She was a queen herself but had to play maid to another queen.It was this tragic irony that stimulated Saoli Mitra to look at the epic afresh from Draupadi’s perspective. Saoli Mitra’s strategy of recounting the story as a “Kathakaar”  allows her to slip in and out of numerous roles,evoking a spectrum of emotions and events.

Produced by : Sombhu Mitra

Play&Direction : Saoli Mitra

Solo acting : Saoli Mitra

First  Show : August, 1983, Sisir Mancha, Kolkata