Recreating Satyajit Ray’s ‘Patol Babu’ on stage

Human ambition, unfulfilled dreams and undying hope were portrayed with finesse in ‘Taramandal’, a theatrical representation of Satyajit Ray’s short story ‘Patol Babu, Film Star’ at the India Habitat Centre. Performed by the Tadpole Repertory, the play delved into the subject of human aspiration in all its complexities and styled it with a curtain of…

Tom Alter plays a Tagore we never knew

It is not everyday that history comes alive and when it does, the experience refuses to depart easily from memory. As the lights faded in, an old armchair slowly emerged into visibility carrying the weight of a frail man engrossed in writing with trembling hands. Clad in a magenta-coloured kaftan and loose pyjamas, wearing the…

Tagore’s lovelorn ‘Chandalika’ returns to stage

Chant of Buddhist prayers floating with the rhythm of the smoke-filled air had started to ebb away. From that blurred frame of human figures positioned around the sacrificial pyre, slowly emerged our heroine of the evening- ‘Chandalika’. Chandalika: The untouchable: Rabindranath Tagore’s Chandalika written in the year 1938 was recreated for stage as a part…

What happens when Shoorpankha and Shakuni meet at an airport

She was an ‘asura’ (demon) and sister of the ten-headed demon, Ravana in the Ramayana; he was the brother of Gandhari, a woman who blindfolded herself for the love of her blind husband, Dhritarashtra in the Mahabharata. Shoorpanakha and Shakuni are two characters who went down in history as distasteful memories, as the cause behind…

Sharmila Tagore plays Rabindranath’s muse

She is the mystery woman that never came out of the shadows, but one that trailed Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore like a shadow and influenced his life and times. She is Kadambari Devi… When we say, “There’s a woman behind every man’s success” we don’t realise that no matter how strong a source of inspiration…

Dario Fo’s ‘Anarchist’ is still alive…

In the wake of an era that witnessed a mass uprising against corruption in India, it is quite interesting to witness a play set in late 20th Century Italy find resonance in 21st Century Indian society. Dario Fo’s ‘ The Accidental Death of Anarchist’ performed by the Saksham Theatre group at the amphitheatre of Pearey…