Cast & Crew

Original Story: Rabindranath Tagore
Playwright: Shekher Samaddar
Direction: Bratya Basu
   
On Stage:  
Sachish: Kushal Chakroborty
Jagmohan: Soumitra Mitra
Purandor:  Subhrobroto Dey
Lilananda Swami: Shamal Chakroborty
Neighbor 1:  Biswarup Ghoshdostidar
Neighbor 2 / Nabin: Chandranath Roy
Neighbor 3: Dhrub Chakroborty
Female Neighbor: Shiuli Karmakar
‘Bhakta Gayak’: Arindam Rakshit
‘Pishima’:  Sarbani Bhattacharya
‘Nonibala’: Elora Rudra
‘Damini’:

Chaiti Ghoshal

Disciples: Manas Jana, Jagadish Chandra Sikdar, Tarun Paul, Sanjay Chakroborty, Koushik Kar, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Sarbani Bhattacharya, Luna Ghosh,  Dhrub Chakroborty          
   
Behind Stage:  
Light: Sudip Sarnyal
Makeup: Bidhatri Deb Sarkar
Choreography:   Dibendu Nath
Sound: Swapan Bandyopadhayay
Set: Soumik – Piyali
Set Construction: Madan - Tinku
Music: Mokam
Costume: Suranjana Dasgupta
Production Assistant: Chandranath Roy and Manas Jana
Production Controller:  Prakash Bhattacharya and Susanta Das
   

Chaturanga

Synopsis

The Characters of novel Chaturanga had developed in twelve years (1904-1914) through a plethora of happenings, Sachish for instance turned into an agnostic under the influence of positivist thinkers like Comte, Mill and Bentham. He then slowly shifted to asceticism, Sribilas on the other hand fell for Damini having realized the worth of the Vaishnavite reincarnation cult. Damini surrendered to the concept of marriage after passing through an intense state of physical passion. Through an analysis of the personal lives of the characters Tagore has depicted an image of the Bengali psyche of the particular time - Chaturanga is the extension of the self-seeking Bengali mind of critical hours between the end of 19thand the beginning of the 20th century.

The storyline has an intrinsic relation to the present times. Struggle for freedom. Achievement of it and the consequent discovery of the hollowness of freedom coupled with the realization of the failure of the communist regime and the devastating impact of globalization have slowly disintegrated the reality of nationhood. The will to resist this disintegration and to understand life through love and compassion also are there. The production of Chaturanga has been inspired by the above dichotomy. The producer has located a catalyst between the narrative of Tagore and the Current socio-political scenario of Bengal.

About the Director

Bratya BasuBratya Basu, born in 1969 is one of the most promising and talented theatre personality of the time. He joined Ganakrishti in 1990after getting his Masters’ Degree in Bengali from the University of Calcutta.

Immediately there, he produced ‘Ashalin’, which has transformed the essence of Bengali Theatre, conferred it novelty and changed its very language.

Bratya Basu has written a number of plays like ‘Aranyadeb’, ‘Shahar Iyar’, Chatuskon’ ‘Virus M’, ‘Winkle Twinkle’, ‘Hemlat: The prince Of Garamhata’. He directed a number of plays on behalf of Ganakrishti. His original plays have also been produced by other noted groups of Kolkata. He directed Rabindranath Tagore’s Chaturanga on behalf of Purba Paschim. This production has given a different essence of Tagore in Bengali stage.

Very recently he has formed his own group namely ‘Bratyajon’ and produced ‘Ruddha Sangeet’. Bratya has directed several films and also acted with renowned directors. He is also a major actor of television. He is the recipient of several awards and visited USA, Canada, UK, France and Moscow.

Very recently in the year 2011, Bratya Basu has won the West Bengal State Assembly Election and sweared as the Higher Education Minister of the state.