From the Culture Monks archives – a tribute to Badal Sircar in 2016, including excerpts of Badal Sircar’s letter to Richard Schechner, dated November 23, 1981, (published in The Drama Review: Vol. 26, No. 2, Intercultural Performance (Summer, 1982)

Theatre Adda - Park Street Sessions, celebrates Badal Sircar's 91st birthday through a performance by Parnab Mukherjee and Janardan Ghosh, both eminent theatre practitioners and performers, who have worked closely with Badal Sircar Culture Monks, Best of Kolkata Campus in collaboration with Drishya presents REMEMBERING THE THIRD ANGULARITY in a performance tribute to Badal Sircar …

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Music Workshop by Jean Jacques Lemetre

'Music makes theatre bearable"- Jean Jacques Lemetre. We are delighted to announce a workshop by legendary French singer, songwriter, musician, composer, music director & luthier : Mr. Jean Jacques Lemetre. The workshop will be on composing, playing & directing music for the stage and films. The workshop is open to all stages of musicians, singers, music …

Art Journeys : A Village Rathyatra

Take a memorable day trip with us for recreation, enrichment and fun !! Guptipara is a sweet wonder, it really is !! It's a beautiful idyllic village, still quite heavily wooded, in the midst for which stand a lovely fortified temple complex, from where the rath starts rolling suddenly bringing the village to life with …

world music day 2016

  World Music Day celebrations at Alliance Francaise du Bengale, 2016 This year we celebrated the 'Unknown Musician' through our singer songwriter Open Mic sessions and also a workshop or jamming session. We had an exhibition of photographs on the theme of music, documentary show and  a band performance. The happenings are as follows Photo …

Echoes : A documentary on the cultural crisis of Kinnaur by Supriyo Nandy

Teaser of 'Echoes' - A documentary on the cultural crisis of Kinnaur Here is a teaser from a documentary made by Supriyo Nandy ( a member of Culture Monks) called 'Echoes'. The documentary which has been produced by Films Division of India, is the result of long running research into the transition in the society and culture of Kinnaur, …

Critical Analysis of Janardan Ghosh’s Theatrical adaptation of Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana by Dr. Payal Trivedi

Critical Analysis of Janardan Ghosh’s Theatrical adaptation of Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana by Dr. Payal Trivedi

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Janardan Ghosh’s Theatrical adaptation of Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana: A Transcendental Experience –

Dr. Payal Trivedi

Theatre director Janardan Ghosh (Kolkata) stands apart from his contemporaries on account of his philosophical approach to theatre which is unlike the commercial outlook of the urban Indian drama largely oriented towards making monetary profit. Ghosh’s statement, “Theatre I pine for (is)… A Transcendental leap into the unknown with the calmness of a Sannyasin”…(Ghosh interviewed 2010) is certainly a unique perspective which recalls for us the sacred tradition of art in India devoid of materialistic concerns espoused by the ancient Indian treatise the Natyasastra(200BCE – 200 CE). This is best reflected in his presentation of the renowned Indian playwright Girish Karnad’s play Hayavadana (Padatak Theatre Kolkata 2010) The production can undoubtedly be called ‘old’ considering the fact that it is almost been five years since its inception. Nevertheless, Ghosh’s illumination of the spiritual…

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Dialogue with Janardan Ghosh

Dr. Payal Trivedi in dialogue with Janardan Ghosh, on his experience of directing Hayavadana. Payal: Firstly please tel us something about the choice of doing Hayavadana for the contemporary audience. Janardan: Well…. it was Sri Shyamanand Jalan’s (the founder of Padatik) advice to do a Girish Karnad play. Girish was then in Kolkata attending a Badal Sircar Festival. …

Purusha in a Tutu

The state of widows in various parts of Indian society, is a heart wrenching tale of despair and (non) living. Diniz Sanchez along with Culture Monks invites you to an evening at the Earthcare Book Store for a dialogue through performance on the state of widows in India, on June 2nd from 6 pm. Accompanying Diniz will …