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Lifting the curtains on Bengali theatre

Tapati Gupta's recent book, Analysing Bengali Drama: Time, Text & Performance (Dasgupta and Company), looks into some landmark aspects of Bengali theatre with regard to text and performances. 

Two streams of Indian classical music

The aesthetically designed studio-theatre of Chidakash Kalalaya, an Ashram-like institution founded by the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award recipient scholar-guru Piyal Bhattacharya, is a haven of research, restoration, and practical application of music, dance, and drama as scripted in Bharatmuni's Natyashastra and its precious commentaries by scholars of yore.

An enchanting Kathak creation

The opening number set to Ravindra Jain’s Shyam Teri Bansi elegantly portrayed the plight of Meera, who knows that the flute is being played for Radha but is still lured by its melody, even at the cost of being defamed by everyone.

An emotional bonding with Kathak

Durga is happy and content to carry forward the legacy of pure kathak among her students. Durga believes this success of her long creative journey has been possible only because of the tapasya and sacrifices made by her not-so-well-off parents.