Playwright: Samik Bindu Director: Mayukh Dutta Group: Chetla Krishti Sansad, Kolkata Language: Bengali Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
The play opens with two cats ushering in a retro-future backdrop. Three notorious business tycoons monopolize the ‘intangible cultural heritage’ through diplomatic support of the greedy state-minister, by luring the Master Chef King, an indifferent, careless food aficionado. ‘Nerdy’, a pseudo-human-robot designs surveillance gadgets to track hapless commoners, daring their basic rights of singing lullabies and cooking food, which have now become red-listed. Public life is jeopardized with hungry, sleepless children and a helplessking in self-proclaimed exile. Ultimately the cats come to rescue by finding a special little girl. Together, they find the king and make him cook a unique recipe with powers to instil humane sanity in ‘Nerdy’ by deleting his robot-mode.
The story is set in a fairy-tale-like background. The play symbolically depicts how crony capitalism is denying the basic rights of the people via monopolizing the natural resources of a country. The greedy corporates use state-of the-art technology to accomplish their mission. In the play three notorious businessmen monopolize two intangible cultural heritage of the people; bed-time folk-tale lullabies, ritually sung by the people for their children to make them fall asleep at night, and traditional recipes. Red-listing and commercialization of these basic rights, along with severe surveillance, results in sleepless nights, hungry, imprisoned offenders, and choked public life. Two cats find a little-girl and the king, a Master chef, to cook an ancient recipe which destroys the ‘villains’ strategies, finally restoring the situation to some extent.
Mayukh Dutta has performed in more than 40 plays ofChetla Krishti Sansad.He has worked with renowned directors of Bengal like Pinaki Guha, Raja Bhattacharyya, Manish Mitra, Tulika Das, Debesh Roychowdhury and many others.He has attended workshops of many eminent personalities like Goutam Halder, Anjan Deb and Feisal Alkazi.Story of Lori is his first directorial work in theatre.
Dr. Samik Bindu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology at Panchanan Barma University (Coochbehar, West Bengal).He is a member of Chetla Krishti Sansad and is associated with children’s theatre for last 30 years. He has acted in 15 plays produced by the Sansad and written four plays staged by it.
Chetla Krishti Sansad was established in 1985 for the welfare of children, and with the dream of making a social change by giving expression to the thoughts of down-trodden children through theatre. Till date it has staged more than 40 productions and has received rave reviews. Now, the group has extended to a large family; the ones who started their journey as child artists in the group have now grown up to mature theatre workers. In addition to children’s welfare, the group is now equipped with productions by adults. Although the group is run only by donation and meager financial support from the common people, without any Government or non-Government sponsorship, the determination and discipline of our theatre workers give us the hope to change the mode of life through theatre.
Bhije Biral Partha Debnath Biral Tapaswsi Piali Samant Mr. Baron Aritra Dey Mr.Tycoon Tanmay Banerje Mr.Magnate Abhishek Dey Mantri Charmagaj Swarnendu Das Raja Adrija Basu Adabata & Man 1 Chiranjeet Haldar Jeera Bata & Man 2 Ayan Debnath Mr.Nerdy & Sena 2 Arkoranjan Bhattacharya Miss Info Shubhannita Guha / Monomita Chaudhury Special Child Mrittika Chakraborty Children 1 Tanirika Das Children 2 Dibyatanu Dutta Children 3 Aman Ghosh Senapati Sundarraj Roy Radhuni & Man 3 Anirban Saha Women 1 Pritha Biswas Woman 2 Sayantika Dey Woman 3 Srabana Chattopadhyay Sena 1 Mayukh Dutta Music Subhadeep Sarkar & Aritra Dey Set Design Swarnendu Das Stage set-up Surojit Dey Make-up Bhanu Mitra Light Kalyan Ghosh Costume Piali Samanta Props Adrija Basu Choreography Sreya Das
Special thanks to Pinaki Guha, Samarjeet Dey, Sayantani Dey, Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Pushan Dasgupta, Anwesh Bhattacharya, Kaushik Pal, Arka Chakraborty, Debajyoti Bhattacharya, Tunak Banerjee
Playwright Samik Bindu
Director Mayukh Dutta
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