FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Silchar, Nov 19: Theatre and politics are poles apart and it is indeed a daunting task to perform and shine in both. However, Bratya Basu, an ace playwright, actor and director, is an exception who defies all logic. His Bengali group theatre, Bratyajon in association with Bhabikal, Silchar and Aswash, will organize a grand theatre festival, ‘4 Days: 4 Plays’ at Banga Bhawan of this town which will be staged at 6.30 in the evening from November 24 to 27. Four dramas directed by Bratya Basu, Addya Shesh Rajani, Meghe Dhaka Tara, Boma and Ruddhasangeet would be staged. Around 100 actors and technicians are involved in the festival.
“Government is lest bothered about the growth and development of theatre as an industry. So we alone have to carve a niche for ourselves and try to conduct such festivals at regular intervals”, said Bratya Basu at a press meet held at Goldighi Mall of this town last night. “However, theatre culture is booming in Kolkata as most of the time, Bratyajon’s plays have been staged in front of packed house. It is indeed a good sign. Film actors are also showing immense interest in dramas and like to perform on stage more often, he added to say. He also said that many artistes have plunged into politics but he decided to maintain balance.
“Theatre is my root and I feel that I can express more. Despite being a politician, I would not like to mingle one with another. Since the foundation of the group in 2008, we have not looked back. It has scaled new heights with every passing year. The four plays have been written by me and feature some of the finest theatres. The tiol School of Drama, New Delhi has invited Boma and Ruddhasangeet. We have staged our dramas in the northeast. This would be our first venture at Silchar, the city of poets”, Basu added to say.