From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Jan 20: Bhabikal Theatre Group has the reputation of producing the best. It is no wonder then, the Group’s multilingual play Honua Ka Beta will be staged for the 50th time at a 3-day theatre festival to be held at Banga Bhawan, Silchar. The festival will start from January 25 with the staging of Ji and Etiben, directed by Bendang Walling of Hill Theatre, galand. On January 26, Honua Ka Beta will be staged under the skilful direction of Santanu Paul of Bhabikal Theathre Group. This has been informed by the members of Bhabikal Theatre Group at a press meet held at the premises of Bhabikal office at Das Colony of this town.
Santanu Paul, playwright, theatre actor and director, said, “It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Honua Ka Beta is based on a story by Jyoti Prakash Chattopadhyay and adopted for theatre by Gopal Das, a famous playwright from Kolkata. Staging of Honua Ka Beta is visiting those alleys of memories as it gives a nostalgic feeling. Nostalgia is attached with it and it was first staged in 1996 at RDI Hall of this town at the annual conference of the Silchar Division Insurance Employee’s Association. Since then, we have been staging it at various places.” He expressed his gratitude towards the theatre enthusiasts for inspiring him to stage his play for the 50th time.
The North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Union Ministry of Culture and Bhabikal Theatre Group, Silchar, is all set to organize the theatre festival. There will be no entry fees or ticket system. Residents of Barak Valley have showered their love and appreciation for drama festival that was organized by Bhabikal Theatre Group in collaboration with the intertiolly acclaimed theatre group Bratyajon, two months ago. Addressing the media-persons, Santanu Paul said, “The NEZCC has been doing a commendable job on fostering the development of culture of this region. They wanted our theatre group to organize the event.”
“It is difficult to organize an event and stage a play in the same event. So, we decided not to stage new plays. There are 26 persons associated with the play, Honua Ka Beta. Four actors, including me, have been performing in the drama since 1996. The sojourn saw the loss of late Shiv Charan Bisra and late Tapan Choudhury. So there are many sentiments flowing with the staging of the play,” Santanu Paul added to say.
Santanu Paul further said that Dr Omprakash Bharti, director, North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) has been cooperating to the fullest. “The festival will end with the staging of Proxy under the direction of Bibhu Bhattacharjee, presented by Information and Cultural Affairs, Tripura. Plays will start at 6.45 pm at Bhasa Shahid Smriti Mancha at Banga Bhawan, Silchar.” Among others present at the press-meet included, Nilotpal Bhattacharjee, jourlist, Birobroto Chakraborty, Saibal Gupta, Sweta Roy, Kashi Biswath Das and Shibam Das.