A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between the West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) and directors of group theatre to present a drama every Sunday in Rajarhat for one year.
Theatre personality and state Tourism Minister Bratya Basu along with the chairman of Hidco Debashis Sen were present on the occasion. The first show will be held at Rabindra Tirtha on January 3 at 6pm. The acclaimed budding directors of Bengali group theatre will present their production.
“This is a unique move to woo the residents of New Town, Rajarhat,” he said.
Rabindra Tirtha and Nazrul Tirtha are coming up as cultural centres in Rajarhat. The idea was mooted by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. For the past three years cultural programmes are regularly held in Rabindra Tirtha. There are seminar rooms along with space to hold workshops. The auditorium is equipped with the state of the art music system.
Nazrul Tirtha is among the top 10 auditorium buildings in Asia. Efforts are on to set up four movie screens here. There are also guest rooms and space to hold workshops, seminars and symposia.
Sen said efforts were on to make Rajarhat an alternative cultural hub.
Rabindra Sadan, Nandan, Sisir Mancha Complex and Nazrul Mancha mainly cater to audience from south, central and north Kolkata. But few people from Salt Lake and Rajarhat go there because of distance and various other problems including parking of vehicles. At Rabindra Tirtha, there is a big park which provides the ideal ambiance to hold cultural functions. The cultural programmes which take place every Saturday at Rabindra Tirtha have become quite popular among the residents of Rajarhat and its neighbourhood.
“The drama presented by the group theatre is likely to attract culturally aware people. As every Sunday one drama is assured people will come to watch them,” Sen said.