Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A poet's muse writes back

After being performed in front of an 8,000-member audience at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata, the Bengali play Key Tumi's second showing was in Bangalore on Tuesday as former chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification Sharmila Tagore took to the stage at Chowdiah Memorial Hall. This was the first time the veteran actor performed in the city.

Written and directed by Dr Amit Ranjan Biswas, a London-based psychiatrist and playwright, Key Tumi is in the form of a soliloquy. Tagore's is the solo spoken part, as the narrative is in the form of an open letter that she enacts on stage. The action of the play is interspersed with Tagore songs performed by vocalists Lopamudra Mitra and Paromita Bandopadhyay.

The form of the play is abstract and mystical, said Biswas, who has also written a dramatic piece based on the life of Rabindranath Tagore, Hey Bondhu Bidaye, which was performed in Bangalore in 2010. Key Tumi is an open letter from a woman who is a poet's muse, to the poet who loves and worships her. Some have chosen to interpret it as a play based on the relationship between Rabindranath Tagore and his sister-in-law Kadambari Debi, but I would like to clarify that she is never named. The protagonist is a woman who is timeless and transcendental," said Biswas.

Full report here Times of India

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