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RBU's Department of Drama collaborates with Ministry of Culture to host Shakespeare Reconsidered

RBU's Department of Drama collaborates with Ministry of Culture to host Shakespeare Reconsidered

India Blooms News Service | | 22 Mar 2015, 12:24 am
Kolkata, Mar 21 (IBNS): Rabindra Bharati University's Department of Drama in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, held Shakespeare Reconsidered- the 25th UGC International Conference and Theatre Festival to celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary.

The festival was held between Mar 17 and Mar 20, 2015, at the Jorasanko Thakurbari, Kolkata, and included conferences and workshops, a theatre festival based on Shakespeare’s works, and an exhibition on ‘Shakespeare and Bengali Theatre’.

Reputed persons from the field of theatre delivered keynote addresses and special lectures.

There were 48 scholar-participants from various countries including Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Taiwan and Japan, apart from Indian delegates. The inaugural session was graced by the presence of eminent theatre person Bibhas Chakraborty as the Chief Guest, along with Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University.

The theatre festival showed how Shakespeare, as a playwright has, for the last 430 years, inspired various theatre productions, giving rise to a rich body of experimental productions each intellectually stimulating, and brought together performers and teachers who exchanged views through discussions, interactions, paper presentations and performances.

The plays presented were Macbeth Question – Santanu Bose – Bose Studio, New Delhi on March 17; Fall of a King – Palash Protim Mech – OFTAS, Sibsagar on March 18; Macbeth – Sudip Chakraborty – Padatik Nattya Sangsad, Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 19; and Fagun Rater Goppo – Tarun Pradhan – Theatre Repertory, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata on March 20, the concluding day. The details about this play are given below.