Wednesday, 18 November 2015

A Scary Sunday Unfolds at Abar Baithak

Our CorrespondentKolkata: Kotokatha has performed a Shruti-Natok (play reading) session to celebrate the season of ghosts or Bhut Choturdashi at Abar Baithak in Jodhpur Park on 15 November morning. Dramatized version of two short stories—Jangoler Galpo (story of the jungle) and Tarok Kerani (Tarok clerk) written by Mahua Chaudhuri and Benimadhab Batabyal respectively, were performed at the programme by the group. Both plays were scripted and directed by Mahua Chaudhuri and Sarashi Chakraborty respectively.

The one and a half hour-long session was a real tribute to the eternal feeling of fear of the unknown and uncanny beings. It was like a journey down memory lane to many. It recalled memories of childhood days when ghost stories not only fascinated kids but also gave wings to their imagination.

Bhut Choturdashi is basically an occasion when the Bengalis pay homage to the existence of their dead ancestors around them. One can describe it as a Bengali version of Halloween. Though it seems a truly scary emotion but Kotokatha’s performance have made the audience more jovial instead of nervous out of fear.

It was not a mere play-reading session. The plays were backed by proper musical arrangements and mystic lights to create a realistic backdrop for all.

Kotokatha deserves a round of applause for giving such a grand Diwali gift to the audience. Though the stories were scary but unputdownable too like all other ghost narratives.