Twin events in city commemorate Madhusudan Dutt
The City of Joy saw some excellent performances surrounding the life and works of Michael Madhusudan Dutt recently. Krishti Creation for example organised a cultural evening with noted dramatist, elocutionist Debesh Thakur. A teacher by profession, Thakur has worked as a professor of Journalism and Mass Communication in Bardhaman University. He has worked in more than 100 plays. He even directed a short film named Dangshan. Debesh Thakur has done a PHD on the films of Charlie Chaplin and he even received a Sabyasachi Award from the Nazrul Academy.
He performed Shesh Sanglaap based on the last days of legendary poet from Bengal, Michael Madhusudan Dutt. He presented those days with a certain dramatic excellence. Michael spent his last days in misery with his wife Emilia Henrietta. The play is a discussion between Gaurdas Basak, one of Michael's childhood friends and him and is enacted by Debesh solo. It was a rather expressive performance indeed and played out at Rabindra Sadan.
On the other hand Belgharia Shankhamala presented a classic by Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Meghnad Badh Kavya, directed by noted elocutionist Sumantra Sengupta. It was presented in a new way. People usually find it difficult to understand as the original was written in Amritakshar Chhanda (Blank Verse). But the production was a bit different from earlier presentations as Sengupta presented the whole project as a storyteller which made it easy for the audience to get the essence of each of the segments of the saga. Students of Shankhamala performed well and the play was staged at Sisir Mancha last week.