Basabodol – An Inanimate Conversation, Relocation and Death

Shantipur Harmony Theatre, a young group, is going to stage a very different act ‘Basabodol’ on the 21st of July. Selecting an experimental script, space and execution for the debut performance is going to be a real challenge. An inanimate conversation, an old man, a house agent, relocation and death twines this almost an hour long presentation.

An inanimate conversation, an old man, a house agent, relocation and death twines this almost an hour long presentation.

It was altogether a very different experience, says Arpan Garai, the director. He adds that though unornamented and non-proscenium, conceptualising this Subhasish Gangopadhyay script and enacting it was an uphill task. The text had multiple layers, and so did the characters.

The play also features three brilliant actors, Debraj Bhattacharya, Rajarshi Mukherjee and Arka Chakraborty. Debraj has also composed the music for the play and veteran Dinesh Podder has designed the light scheme.

The text had multiple layers, and so did the characters.

Arpan who is known for his directorial ‘Chuha Billi Aur Hum’ from Pancher Panchali, a Minerva Repertory production, is a brilliant actor himself. Starting young he had been part of the acclaimed theatre group Shantipur Sanskritik and later joined Minerva Repertory. He had performed in celebrated productions like ‘Mumbai Nights’, ‘Pancher Panchali’ and ‘Khorir Gondi’. Basabodol reintroduces him both as an actor and director.