Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ever-popular crime thriller The Hound of the Baskervilles has now been turned into an audio drama in Bengali. Ace actor Parambrata Chatterjee and Kolkata's favourite radio jockey Mir lent voices to the two most important characters in the novel - Sir Henry Baskerville and Sherlock Holmes.
Mir said on the launch of the audio CD that it was a challenge for him to voice-portray Sherlock Holmes in his myriad moods while keeping the audience hooked to his exploits.
Parambrata, who debuted in radio drama with The Hound of the Baskervilles, said, "I consider the chance to narrate Dr Henry Baskerville as a defining moment in an actor's career and specially when you are only using the verbal medium."
Holmes' 'dear' buddy Watson is played by an established Bengali radio jockey Deep. Veteran Bengali radio artiste-elocutionist Jagannath Basu playing Dr Barrymore said that in this radio drama he had sought to use pause in a more effective way, not experimented before.
"In fact Manikda (Satyajit Ray) had taught me about this when we were portraying one of his short stories for radio years back. He had pointed out how BBC radio plays had used the pause factor to great effect," Basu, who till a few years back had regularly played in radio dramas in the Bengali All India Radio channels, said.
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of the crime novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the very famous detective and his partner John Watson.
"We as narrators have sought to bring out the eerie, haunting and chilly atmosphere in this story.
The ghostly sound of a hound's cry, the famous Baskerville hall, and Sherlock Holmes's art of deduction is immensely captivating and bound to keep the listeners on loop. This was indeed a learning process for me," Mir said.
"The nearly five-hour-long audio drama, brought out by Asha Audio, is the first adaptation of Sherlock Holmes in this form in Bengali and brings out the tension, action, intrigue and characters to life," Mir said.