Sudip Gupta presents Rabindranath Tagore-the freedom fighter at Rabindra Utsav 2010

Kolkata, Aug 17 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Meet Rabindranath Tagore, the ‘freedom fighter’, who had waged a silent war against foreign domination by using his pen which was mightier than the British sword.

Ace director Sudip Gupta in his puppet play titled ‘Aaguner Parashmoni’, on the fourth day of ‘Rabindra Utsav 2010’ here, celebrated world bard Tagore’s undying love for his country.

“The play portrays the freedom fighter in Rabindranath Tagore and how he fuelled the Indian independence movement with his works,” said Sudip Gupta in an interactive session Friday evening.

The play mostly highlighted the ‘other side’ of Tagore-his contribution to India’s struggle for freedom.

The play showcased how the literary genius used his weapon of words to fearlessly criticise the British and their tyrannical rule.

“I think many are oblivious to the fact that Rabindranath was mercilessly tortured by the British police, we wanted to highlight this side through our show,” Gupta added.

The group, named Doll’s Theatre, had participated in several international and national festivals.

It also conducts several puppetry workshops across the country.

“We conduct workshops on various parts of the country and we have received many positive responses and plan to conductmore planned workshops in future,” Gupta added.

The Rabindra Utsav 2010 is celebrated for the second time in Kolkata and 2010 holds a special significance being the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore.

The cultural journey began on Aug 10 and would continue till Aug 18.

(Reporting by Supriyo Hazra)

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