Embark on a profound exploration of Bertolt Brecht's legacy with "Bechara B.B." at the Academy of Fine Arts on 10th February! Kolkata Centre for Creativity, in collaboration with Chetana & Tritiyo Sutra, presents this mesmerizing production that delves into the essence of Brecht's life, ideas, and philosophy.
Join us for this enchanting evening of multidisciplinary art creation, where traditional and contemporary forms converge. This thought-provoking journey not only marks the birth anniversary of Bertolt Brecht but also signifies the culmination of this phase, making it the last performance.
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About the play
Bechara B.B. is a free-flowing performative exploration of Brecht’s life, ideas, politics, and dialectics. Brecht physically felt the chaos and putrid decay of his times. His images are ‘brutally sensuous’ and ‘melancholically tender’. We are impregnated with the horrors of our times and realize the fresh relevance of his political and artistic visions. This play is the outcome of KCC Arts Laboratory 8.0, which aims to support the multidisciplinary art creation by young artists of traditional and contemporary forms, by providing them with the necessary resources, support, and space for exploration and experimentation.
About Suman Mukhopadhyay, Director:
Suman Mukhopadhyay’s theatre and films deal with the socio-political domain and engage in critical assessment of contemporaneity. His explorations into the subaltern realities and history have given a distinction mark to his theatre productions and filmmaking.
He is one of India’s leading theatre directors and has done productions ranging from European drama to major adaptations of Bengali masterpieces and productions of Indian plays. His major plays are Teesta Paarer Brittanto, Mephisto, Bisarjan and King Lear.
Suman has also directed eight full-length feature films including Nazarband (2020); Asamapta (2017); and Herbert (2005) which won the National Award for Best Regional Film that year. He participated and won awards in various national and international theatre and film festivals including Busan, Montreal, Dubai, Munich, San Francisco, Seattle, and Kerala etc. Suman has also made several documentaries, TV series, short films, and cine-plays. He was conferred with an award from Motion Picture Association and Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane in 2017. His latest films Nazarband (Captive) had its world premiere at Busan International Film Festival and Posham Pa won an award at the Female Filmmakers Festival, Berlin in 2020. Suman taught and directed plays at UC Berkeley, University of Toledo, Kalamazoo College, and Barnard College in the USA. He recently finished working with Columbia University, New York on a Fulbright fellowship.
Design and Direction: Suman Mukhopadhyay, Text Edit: Debarshi Bandyopadhyay
Music: Subhadeep Guha
Lighting Design: Sudip Sanyal
Audio Design: Anindya Nandy, Sound and Projection Operation: Dipesh Mukherjee
Technical Supervision: Dipanjan Dutta
Set Construction: Bilu Dutta
Make up: Md. Ali, Costumes: Sayan Majhi
Calligraphy: Somnath Ghosh
Production: Tausif Rahman, Production Asst.: Fazal Karim
Translation: Bishnu De, Sankha Ghosh, Alokeranjan Dasgupta, Utpal Dutt, Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay, Mohit Chattopadhyay, Arun Mukhopadhyay, Ashok Mukhopadhyay, Partha Chattopadhyay, Moinak Biswas, Samir Dasgupta, Debiprasad Bandyopadhyay, Sandipan Chakraborty, Rahul Purokayasta, Debarshi Bandyopadhyay and Suman Mukhopadhyay
Acknowledgment: Sibaji Bandyopadhyay, Sumanta Mukhopadhyay, Subhojit Gupta, Sujan Mukhopadhyay
Special Thanks to Ms. Richa Agarwal (Chairperson, Kolkata Centre for Creativity)