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Freedom Songs

Statesman News Service |

Nearly seven decades have gone by since the nation gained independence. Much blood, toil sweat and tears have been shed by Indians before their nation kept its tryst with destiny. The bid to wrest freedom were not cold blooded acts. People irrespective of caste and creed walked away from farms, fields and factories and often schools and colleges to join the freedom struggle. Most of them did not get the fishes and loaves of office. Prison terms, gallows and torture were the lot of most of them who threw caution to the winds to unshackle the country from the foreign yoke. Patriotic songs of the stage, often overlooked by the vigilant intelligence apparatus of the Raj inspired these men and women into what many considered to be desperate ventures, but what the freedom fighters considered to be perfectly natural acts to make their country a sovereign nation. Tomorrow at 6.30 p.m, Academy of Fine Arts will come alive with the songs of playwrights like Dinabandhu Mitra,Girishchandra Ghosh, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bijan Bhattacharya and many others.The mellifluous songs will be sung by Devajit Bandyopadhyay, Riddhi Bandyopadhyay, Debasish Basu, Diptendu Basu in a Academy Theatre presentation – Swadhnatar Manchagaan.

The dialogues will be recreated into the comprehensive and cohesive audio-visual presentation exploring the variety of the different approaches of artistic translation of the colonial and the post-colonial Bengal, as well as India has been conceptualized and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay.The celebration will be followed by film shows Bhagini Nivedita (on 7 Dec), Dada Thakur ( 8 Dec ) both at Nandan 3, 6:30 pm onward.
Moreover, an exhibition of visuals will display the rare photographs and documents of the Bengali stage relating to India’s Freedom Movement at a glance along with the publicity-materials, Posters, calendars, book-covers, title-pages and the several contents featuring national movements.