Kolkata, July 24, 2010 (CalcuttaTube): ‘Brajaburor Sabuj Baksho’, a Bengali play presented by theatre group ‘Rangroop’, is based on Satyajit Ray’s short story ‘Brajaburo’. Read the Bengali drama review at CalcuttaTube.
‘Rangroop’ produces a classic fusion of the Satyajit Ray short story and Sukumar Ray’s poems in their latest endeavor of “Brajaburor Sabuj Baksho” that is currently being staged in Kolkata.
The mere mention of Satyajit Ray’s name has an altogether different appeal to the Bengali art lovers and an additional reference to Sukumar Roy’s poetry in the same breath will undoubtedly attract the younger audience in numbers. Thus it was not unusual that Rangrup’s second night’s staging of “Brajaburor Sabuj Baksho”, a play based on Ray’s short story, “Brajaburo” saw an audience that consisted of a high percentage of school-goers who seemed to enjoy the show very much.
Brajaburo, an aged resident in a small town, incited many a rumours among the locales. Apparently an introvert, he seemed to shy away from the neighborhood, barring a few occasions when he tried to beckon the kids from his window. Howls originated from his room at night and those who tried to peek in was met by stares from grotesque faces, glancing from inside the windows. His lone attendant too seemed to keep himself shut inside the confines of the house just like his master. Added to this was Brajaburo’s green chest of which everybody knew but nobody had any inkling about what it actually contained. To many, it was a trunk full of sinister machines that the evil Brajaburo used for his witchcrafts during nightfall. Thus residents kept themselves at arm’s length from his den and instructed their children to do the same. In fact, they firmly believed that Brajaburo possessed the power to selectively curse anybody whom he desired. And thus it was not strange to hold him responsible for Nishikanta Majumder’s delirium that seemed to be caused following Nishikanta’s vigil at night at Brajaburo’s precinct.
But a few of the more scientific minded ones seemed not to believe in this hocus-pocus and were bent on solving the mystery that surrounded this man and his secret chest. Also the visit of Dr. Amitava Bannerjee, Brajaburo’s nephew and a psychiatrist seemed to help them in their cause. Though he found it next to impossible to converse with his uncle but Dr. Bannerjee correctly conjectured that Brajababu tolerated kids more than anybody else. Mr. Sasmal and Prof. Choudhury, two sympathetic neighbours and learned persons, offered their help by persuading their sons to visit Brajaburo. Now all it remains to be seen is whether the team can explain the weird mysteries shrouding the person and his secret chest?
A nice ending is promised for the audience and Seema Mukhopadhyay commendably directs the ninety minute show but deviation from the original plot risks a disappointment among the fans of Ray’s short stories.
An added merriment comes from Sukumar Roy’s poems that have been beautifully used and credit is due to the entire on-stage crew for their disciplined performance.
Sudip Sanyal’s brilliant lighting design provided an altogether new dimension for each act that suitably matched the on-stage ambience created by Kanchan Dasgupta.
A final note of praise without which the review will be more than incomplete is the choreography directed by Kabir Sen Barat which harmonized perfectly with the equally well orchestrated background scores of Joy Sarkar.