Byomkesh; A Bengali Play Directed by Bratya Basu || 14th Bhartiya Rang Mahotsav 2012, Organized by National School of Drama
Byomkesh play was performed at 14th Bharat rang Mahotsav 2012. It was one of the exciting plays of Bharangam 2012. It was performed in Kamani and whole auditorium was full of audience from various parts of the country. Let's have a quick Photo Journey of Byomtesh, a Bengali play with English subtitles...
Inspired by the fictitious character of Sherlock Holmes, Byomkesh Bakshi was created as the intelligent, mystery-loving and mystery-solving detective of Bengali literature. And most of the folks also relate to Byomtesh as one of the popular Indian Detective, who was seen many times on Doordarshan-1. This is one of the TV-Serials, our generation has seen on DD-1. During childhood Byomkesh was one of the hero and now if we see some of the episodes, it looks like a comedy serial. This play was on same lines, but there were few things which were seriously taken care of.
Play starts with a phone call to Byokesh that an old man of a family has been found dead with some odd things happening in the family. At the same time police has started the investigations around the case. There was a very common thing in all Byomkesh episodes on Doordarshan and Police used to give some non-sense reasoning. And Byomkesh always used to think differently. Same thing happened in this play as well. police Inspector was interesting and delivered some of the humorous dialogs brilliantly.
There were some flash-back scenes in this play. Above scene was shown when Police Inspector was asking questions from home servant in that house. He is in flash-back and thinking of conversation between him and his Boss, who is not alive now.
Similar to Holmes who had his companion in Watson, Byomkesh also cultivates the friendship of Ajit Bandhopadhyay who is his perennial fellow adventurer on his quest to solve mysteries and murders. Holmes and Byomkesh had one major difference - the former was disinterested in women and stayed a bachelor, while Byomkesh meets his life-partner Satyabati and eventually marries her. See the photograph below, which is a conversation about investigations but expressions of Byomkesh can interpreted in two ways...
Here Byomkesh is interrogating one of the lady in house and she has few things missing from her room. Initially she was very comfortable and denied of any change in her room. But later it came out that a needle was missing from her room, which was found near Dead-body. Let me stop here as I am not supposed to share exact story here.
One of the family-member was fond of Sitar and most of the times he can be found on it. He was handicapped and looked someone who is more into reading, music & happy to be alone.
After all interrogation sessions with different Family Members and more information from outside sources, Byomkesh reaches to final culprit and he accepts his fault. Above photograph shows the scene when Byomkesh is explaining everything about the case.
Finally Byomkesh also fallen in love with the girl from same house and here is a photograph clicked during end of the play.
Here are some of the Theatre Performers in Bengali Play BYOMKESH, during 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012. They are with one of the typical action/posture/style, which they portrayed in this play.
The play Byomkesh presents the life and times of one of the greatest fictitious character of crime thrillers. It unveils the mysteries, intricacies and compulsions, motives and hidden agendas of human relationships and simultaneously throws light on the baser instincts as well as the higher aspirations and values of human beings.
Bratya Basu standing on Kamani Stage with his crew of Byomkesh after successful completion of the performance during 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012.
This play was in Bangla and English subtitles were being shown on top of the stage. At times, Bangla dialogs were so fast that it was extremely difficult to read the dialogs written in English. Since there were lot of Bengali folks in the ground to help us in making sure that we laugh when required :) ... Anyway, play was full of laughter with interesting punches in between.
Emmanuel Singh and Rajni from National School of Drama, who are facilitating post play ceremony of presenting flowers and momento of 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav to Director and Team of Byomkesh play.
Subhrajit Dutta, who is standing in the middle, played the role of Byomkesh Bakshi in this play. Some of the more details about this role in Bratya Basu's Byomkesh, check out http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-02-22/news-interviews/28625059_1_byomkesh-bakshi-stage-role
Here was a quick PHOTO JOURNEY from Byomkesh play during 14th Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2012 at Kamani Auditorium. This festival is being organized by National School of Drama, Delhi with support from Minitry of Culture. 22nd, which means today is last day of this festival and I will eagerly be waiting for NSD Repretory's Summer Theatre Festival 2012.
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