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Badal Sircar (15 July –13 May ), also known as Badal Sarkar, was an influential Indian dramatist and theatre director, most known for. Girish Karnad (left) and Badal Sircar (second from right) inaugurating the third International Theatre Festival of Kerala in Photo courtesy. Badal (Sudhindra) Sircar continues to be an influential figure in Bengali, even Indian, theatre five years after his passing. He was from the educated middle.

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During his days as a student of bada, engineering, Sircar had been a member of the undivided Communist Party of India. This milieu, he named Chakra.

Badal Sircar

This book is a result of a seminar on theatre in by Sarita Sanskriti Samaroh, which was attended not just by theatre practitioners, but also connoisseurs and admirers of theatre from every walk of cultural life. There were however, others, who felt Sircarr was fulfilling a vital function of an artiste, making his audience aware of the human condition and the myriad inequities that are a part of it.

Click here for instructions on gadal to enable JavaScript in your browser. They had tremendous patience and understanding. Inspired by it he created a play of enduring merit and fashioned out of it a theatre aesthetic that was both intimate and political and of immense appeal to people aware of and responsive to the sufferings of the deprived and the dispossessed.

They were not prepared to take any criticism. World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: For Manipuri director Heisnam Kanhailal, respected throughout the country for his distinctive dramaturgy, it was a workshop by Badal-da that set him on the badl towards bafal own unique theatre style. They were just made for each other. Ads help cover our server costs.

Naturally, therefore, he became alienated from his contemporaries. He soon became disenchanted with the party and its politics, however, and when he wrote a letter to senior party members questioning some sircsr their policies, he was immediately suspended. Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund. A tall, well built, charismatic personality, he had a glorious speaking voice.


Social problems were posed as extensions of the problems of the individual characters in the play. Theatre, to him, was a collective exercise to awaken and enhance the social consciousness of participants. Amidst the Badal da books that have flooded the market in recent years, this is easily one of the sircsr publications.

In he reorganised Shatabdi.

The legacy of Badal Sircar – Livemint

Can one think of any other individual in the s, s and s who had a more pervasive impact on theatre thinkers and workers — directors, playwrights, actors — across the Indian subcontinent? Badal Sircar’s Third Theatre.

Ajitesh Bandopadhyay was another major force in the Bengali proscenium theatre that Badal Sircar would have to contend with. His plays not only restored their confidence to a degree but instilled in them a sense of self-worth.

It was Baba ‘s attempt to reach out to the masses — his medium to converse with the people. CalcuttaBengal PresidencyBritish India.

We were free to do whatever we wanted. While working as a town planner in India, England and Nigeria, he entered theatre as an actor, moved to direction, but soon started writing plays, starting with comedies. Margin takes Centre Stage: And this slim book of interviews is a great primer to have at your side when you dip into his works.

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Badal Sarkar

This long interview is a testimony to his continuous engagement and his personal and ideological struggles to remain independent. Although we have long understood that set design, lights and of course audiences, among many other things, are co-makers of meaning in the playhouse, most theatre histories pay scant attention to their role in demarcating periods of theatrical history and motivating historical change.

This article discusses Badal Sircar’s stage play ‘Evam Indrajit”. By the time Sircar arrived on the Calcutta theatre scene Shambhu Mitra and Utpal Dutt were already names to reckon with, and Ajitesh Bandopadhyay was about to take the city by storm with his dynamic productions. InBandopadhyay left Nandikar to form Nandimukh. Portable also means that it can be performed anywhere without any compromise.

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It is about a poor villager from Rangabelia in the Sunderbans. These open-air and free performances led to his troupe travelling to sircae villages on other weekends, where it employed minimal props and improvised dialogues to involve audience further into the performance. It was not easy in his times to break free of the proscenium style of theatre.

Murthy Nataraja Ramakrishna M. He was unable to take the interference of culturally obtuse senior party functionaries driven by a narrow reading of communist ideology.

Also the formal bindings of the proscenium theatre was given up. Bhoma is the village. It is the re-visiting aspect which the book needs to incorporate in its next edition. I learned to play cricket in Kolkata, but more than anything, I learned to read Badal Sircar and watch plays written by him srcar street theatre.

Performance, necessarily as means of co-creation, constant evolution of the text to reveal the skeleton lurking behind the body of words and not the royalty-driven, license-driven, rights-driven approach. The misunderstood genius of Badal Sircar Last updated on: H owever, nothing could affect his mental vigour.

The theatre of Badal Sircar | Fountain Ink

The performance should be designed in such a way that it be same both for the rural and urban audiences. Initially, Satabdi, founded instarted performing in what Sircar called the angan mancha —spaces likes rooms, halls and courtyards.

An emptiness surrounds me all the time. Both physically and metaphorically. In ‘Kabi Kahini’ Badal Sircar creates characters of two types: