Synopsis: Basabi, a former political activist who had been imprisoned decades ago by the government then, is now married to a Human Rights Commissioner responsible for investigating corruptions and misconducts in public offices. Unexpectedly, Basabi finds one of his husband’s friends striking resembles with the doctor who had tortured and molested her during her time in prison. This discovery triggers Basabi’s determination to uncover the true identity of this man. As the story unfolds, each character undergoes personal growths and faces the consequences of their actions. However, the central question remains: Will justice prevail?
Synopsis: Based on short story “The Suitor and Papa” authored by Russian writer Anton Chekhov, the play “A Modern Story” (একটি আধুনিক উপাখ্যান) describes the futility of marriage, relationship, and family in a modern society, delineates a contemporary society in which marriage is given secondary importance rather than job and enjoyment.
Playwright: Mainak Sengupta
Direction, Music, and Set Design : Kallol Nandi
Casts: Subhadeep Ghosh, Kaushik Bardhan, Pranjal Karmakar, and Shubhagato Bhattacharjee
Premiered: Colure 2022, A Theater Festival organized by Chicago NatyoGhosthi on Sunday, November 13, 2022 at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E Thacker ST, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA
Synopsis: In the dark prison of Jerusalem, death by crucifixion awaits a young Rabbi and a notorious murderer. Before Pontius Pilatus lies a choice: to follow his conscience and set the Rabbi free or to succumb to the priests that demand his blood. Rabbi Jesus is declared guilty and Barabbas the murderer goes free. Or does he? Set in the turmoil that follows, “Resurrection” written by Soumitra Basu, tells the story of changing hearts, of struggle, of faith, of cruelty, and of hope.
Synopsis: Shishudibas (Children’s Day) tells the story of a journey from the rural outskirts to the bustling metro chasing the hope of a miraculous cure and a chance of life for a child and his family. Being referred to the hospital in the big city, Sarama and Gokul risk it all in their desperate bid to save the life of their newborn child. Staged on the background of November 14th, a day hailed as Children’s Day, the play places a seething attack on the hypocrisy within our society.
Playwright: Mainak Sengupta (based on a short story written by Dibyendu Palit)
Direction: Kallol Nandi
Casts: Arko Pandit, Rina Chakravorty, Kallol Nandi, and Subhadeep Ghosh.
Sound and Technical Support: Kaushik Bardhan
Premiered: Panodrama 2021 organized by Brishchik and Bhindeshi, Seattle, WA, USA on Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Synopsis: Time gives and time takes away. Astitwa is a story of loneliness, a story of remembrance, a story of love, of life and loss. It takes us into the world of man encompassed by grief and clutching on to memories that torment him and imprison him in a world away from reality. Shabin is seen to be battling with his wife’s ailment, her loss of reason brought on by the tragic death of their child. But as the story unfolds, the darkness and reality of Sabin’s own demons take over.
Original Story: Dipu Mahamud
Screenplay and Direction: Kallol Nandi
Cast: Kaushik Bardhan, Debarati Mitra, Chaitali De, and Debatirtha Basu
Singer: Banhi Nandi
Set Design: Kaushik Bardhan
Art Director: Rina Datta Chakravorty
Premiered: 6th South Asian Theater Festival 2020 Digital Short Play Festival at 3:15 PM, Saturday, August 29, 2020
Synopsis: For centuries, the goat has reigned supreme in the Bengali kitchen, be it by the shores of Kolkata or in the suburbs of America. A sudden disappearance of goat meat causes a stir in the pot of quandary, jealousy and elections: a theme that finds resonance in the lives of Prabashi Bengalis, in their weekend social gatherings, hidden behind exuberant menus, in between cocktails of gossip and politics, and the rivalries that ebb and flow.
Playwright: Sudipta Bhawmik (adopted for audio drama by Kallol Nandi)
Direction: Kaushik Datta
Casts (L-R): Rina Chakravorty, Kaushik Bardhan, Kaushik Datta, Debatirtha Basu, Kallol Nandi, Debarati Mitra, Soumya Kanti Das, Kaushik Basu, Subhro Maitra, and Chaitali De.