Smarannik happens to be the first registered Bengali theatre group of Bangalore which began its journey in 2012. The group consists of a motley crew coming from various spheres of life – IT professionals, research scholars, students, financiers, homemakers and more-all divided by profession but united by their common passion for theatre and an aim to spread Bengali theatre beyond the boundaries of Bengal. The group, though based in Bangalore, has had performances in West Bengal, by invitation. The Smarannik Theatre Festival is a venture of their own,to mark 5 years of their journey.
The festival is to be inaugurated by the theatre stalwarts- Sri Rudraprasad Sengupta, Sri Bibhas Chakraborty and Sri Arun Mukhopadhyay. The group has put forth a trio of plays for the audience to savour – Sadichha’r Rangbadal, Simantini and Nati Binodini. The plays have been directed by Sayandeb Bhattacharya. The first play is based on the play ‘Where There Is A Will’ by Mahesh Dattani and has been translated by Meghnad Bhattacharya. This translated version of the play is the first of its kind. The story revolves around a Gujarati family and has characters with varied shades who deal with a gamut of different issues.
The second play,Simantini, is based on “The Constant Wife”, translated by Utpal Jha and adapted in Bengali by Meghnad Bhattacharya. The third play, Nati Binodini is based on the work by Rajat Ghosh with due credits to Chittaranjan Ghosh and Brajendra Kumar and revolves around the life of Nati Binodini. The plays stretch out on three different timespans. The group promises to ensure a memorable time for the audience who can get their fair share of enjoyment as well as food for thought, from the festival.
So think no more and head to Uttam Mancha on 11th and 12th November to complement the nip in the air with a visit to the Smarannik Theatre Festival and get a lingering taste of Bengali theatre at its best!
– Swagata Datta