Kolkata: A defiance born from the rough and tumble of the streets, a long struggle against an entrenched power system, a stunning blow to the world's longest serving elected Communist government...the script of Mamata Banerjee's life would do any Greek dramatist proud. It will now be depicted in a jatra, West Bengal's popular folk theatre form.
Titled "Banglar Kshamatay Eibar Mamata" (Mamata-Now at the Helm in Bengal), the play on the Trinamool Congress chief will be directed by Kanak Bhattacharya, who has been associated with top Bengali film stars like Tapas Pal, Shatabdi Roy and Rachana Banerjee.
"It is my humble way of thanking the leader who has always stood up for the poor and the oppressed," said Bhattacharya, who had planned the jatra well before the assembly polls in West Bengal, where the Trinamool ended the 34-year-long reign of the Left Front.
"After I came out with an advertisement in a Bengali daily March 8, the response I got was tremendous. If there were people who congratulated and wished me for my idea, then there were others who would threaten me with dire consequences. I would often be asked how I could plan such a drama when the polls were yet to start," he told IANS....more
12:33 PM, May 19, 2011