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An affair with the soul

Yet who would have thought the old man, To have had so much blood in him?~ Macbeth (Act V, Scene I) The flickering flame of life and one’ struggle to keep it alive is always a struggle. For a small group, the flame was blown off when they began running…

Precise execution

From London Bridge to the Khyber Pass, epidemic in Norridge to Indian yoga sessions, Labour Party to morning medication… Without improvisation a play so topical could not have been generous to have ennobled anything and everything with bright hues of humour and not farce. An improvisation done so brilliantly that…

Reinterpreting the bard’s works

Aji hote soto borsho pare, Ke tumi porichho boshe aamar kobita khani, Koutohol bhore Aji hote sotoborsho pare ~ Rabindranath Tagore The works of Tagore reside in all of us. The bard once wrote: “Neither in the grammar of Sanskrit nor in the grammar of English will you find the…

Advocating innocence

Year: 1929. Place: Argentina. Rabindranath Tagore told his disciple Leonard Elmhirst how he wished to introduce theatre as a tool for learning. London’s Dartington College was founded on this idea. But India seems to be ever reluctant to consider theatre for children seriously. “Advocacy Meet ~ In search of children’s…

Crab soup for the soul

A piece of paper and a tube were handed out to all before ushering the crowd into Max Mueller Bhavan’s auditorium. We were urged to punch a hole in the centre of it with the forefinger and view the ensuing performance through it. The exercise, of course, was a matter…

Are the chairs alive?

Chairs have their kingdom! Big chairs, small chairs, ornate ones and the ordinary, chairs that are young (new) and old, chairs for the wealthy and the poor, for the sick and the suppliant, for the happy and the depressed! Chairs that stand indefinitely in your living room, bedroom, veranda, balcony.…

Unkempt expressions and a lost tale

For those who have read Manik Bandyopadhyay’s Padma Nadir Majhi, (Pratikriti recently staged it at the Academy of Fine Arts), the novel defies time, place and all that one expects to see on stage when they think of the work. When staged, it doesn’t need to be just a bland…