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June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm IST ₹100 - ₹300
- The play is based on a novel by mystic author Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay, the storyline of which depicts a picturesque disorder created by sudden ripples overwhelming a simple and placid life.
- The fiction is set in the time period of pre-WWII Bengal. The protagonist, Shashanka, is a no-nonsense kind of rural doctor, quite influential and very strict in developing and maintaining moral values among the villagers. The rather eventless life of his, revolving around his wife, two offsprings and a couple of sidekicks, is suddenly met with Panna, a queer-natured danseuse. So far Shashanka used to hate the kind of music and dance Panna is an exponent of. Yet, coming across from close quarters, Shashanka starts feeling irresistibly drawn towards the sensuality that Panna carries in her art. He, as if for the first time, discovers that there is something called ‘woman’ which appeals to his subconscious yearning for the intricacies of the fairer sex. He drifts away from the life of an established physician, very regardful of moral and ethical values, and takes charge of the theatre troupe Panna is a member of. Coming out of the clutches of a drab and disciplined life, he sways away and takes a plunge in the seemingly bottomless ocean of worldly pleasures. The craving for love and sensuality may be fleeting but is inexorable all the way, he realizes….Shashanka may perhaps, one day, come back to his past dull and mundane life but the plunge he took in the seas of beauty and desire etches out the quiescent longing for the eternal yet unattainable bliss in every mortal.
- This theatrical presentatiom is a tribute to the immortal novelist, Bibhutibhusan Bandyopadhyay, through the distinctive visualizing acumen of one stand-apart stagecraft architect of the present time, Bratya Basu.