Noti Binodini belonged to the second wave of native actresses performing on the new form of proscenium theatre in Bengal. This multimedia module includes interviews on early actresses of Calcutta and on Noti Binodini as well as articles on the nineteenth-century stage actresses of Calcutta.
The year was 1884 in colonial Calcutta, the theatre goers were astounded by the performance of a young actor and so were the critics. The play was Chaitanya Lila and the performer was Binodini. The actress played the role of young Chaitanya and it happened to be her most phenomenal…
Suman Mukhopadhyay, a noted film-maker and one of the leading directors of the Bengali stage, talks about his theatre and performative politics.
Arun Mukhopadhyay is one of the most prominent theatre directors of Kolkata and the founder of the Chetana theatre group. Here he recounts the theatrical journey that is still on.
Debleena Tripathi: We can see from accounts of your childhood that there was the natmandir (a hall…
Introduction, by Debleena Tripathi
Jagannath, an adaptation of Lu Xun’s Chinese novella, The True Story of Ah-Q, directed by Arun Mukhopadhyay and produced by Chetana in 1977, is now a legendary production of Bengali theatre. The master storyteller, Arun Mukhopadhyay had borrowed the basic…
Chetana, the Kolkata based theatre group, was first formed in 1972 by Arun Mukhopdhyay in the heyday of group theatre. The group’s history has to be written in the larger context of the Indian People’s Theatre Association (henceforth IPTA) and the Group Theatre Movement of India. On the other…
This module attempts to put together an account of the activities of the Kolkata-based theatre group Chetana since its conception in 1972. It traces the history of the times when the group was born and concentrates on the two major directors the group has nurtured and who have in turned been…